James A. Walsh US Courthouse

James A. Walsh U.S. Courthouse

38 S. Scott Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701

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Built in 1930, the James A. Walsh U.S. Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Building Information

Property Manager: Joseph Torres

Public Hours: 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)

For more building information or service calls, see contact information at top right (or by scrolling down on mobile devices). For other federal government information, call 800-FED-INFO.

Parking and Public Transportation

There is no visitor parking available in the building for the general public. Metered street parking is nearby. Commercial parking lots are within walking distance to the building. Public transportation is available via Sun Tran [a nongovernment website]. The Sun Link streetcar [a nongovernment website] stops directly outside the building or at the Ronstadt Transit Center 0.6 miles from the federal courthouse.

Public Access

All public visitors are required to pass through electronic security equipment. ADA access is available at the main entrance to the building.

Key Tenants

Major tenants are the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Trustees, and Court Security Officers. In the latest (2015) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 100% rated the federal building and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale.

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Public Art

These artists and their paintings are featured: Stephen Batura, Tucson Trio; George Peter, Grand Canyon and Colorado River; and Howard Post, Behind a Mountain.

History and Architecture

The James A. Walsh U.S. Courthouse was constructed during 1929-1930 as a U.S. Post Office and Courthouse. Acting Supervising Architect of the Treasury, James A. Wetmore, designed the building in 1928-1929. Planning for the building began in 1910, when the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill authorizing the purchase of a site for a new post office in Tucson. That was the same year that the statehood bill, discussed since Congress deemed Arizona worthy of statehood in 1888, finally passed the House of Representatives. Still, Arizona did not become a state until 1912. It would be another twenty years before the building was constructed.

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Occupant Information

Access & Hours of Operation

The building is fully operational (lighting and HVAC services) from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays. Tenants may access the building 24 hours a day/7 days a week including federal holidays. A key card will be required for access at all times.

Key cards are available for tenant agency employees for all-hours access. All requests for key cards must be submitted through the tenant agency’s management to the U.S. Marshals Service to process. Their office is in the Evo A. DeConcini Federal Courthouse on the second floor in Room 2300. Their phone number is 520-879-6949.

Security

Contract guard service is in place to protect the property and the tenants. Your help is needed; cooperation and awareness will help them do their job. Guards are on duty from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays. For all emergency or security concerns, or if no guard is available please call FPS Denver Mega Center at 877-437-7411.

Joint Use/Shared Services

Standard services are commonly included as part of the rent charged by GSA as documented in the Occupancy Agreement. Reimbursable services are normally excluded from the rent and are funded through a Reimbursable Work Authorization (RWA). Examples include after-hours lighting, special or after-hours cleaning, office space carpet cleaning, uninterruptible power services, and non-standard trash removal.

Building Operations

Maintenance & Service Requests: Please contact the GSA main line at 520-670-4742 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, for janitorial, HVAC, elevator, lighting, or any other service provided by GSA in our building. A mechanic is on duty from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Custodial Services: GSA provides cleaning for assigned space equal to commercial cleaning for similar space. The following services are standard: vacuuming, sweeping and dusting; emptying trash; servicing restrooms, lobbies, corridors, and other common areas; servicing loading docks and platforms; and window washing. Carpet spot removal can be done on an as-needed basis. Overall shampooing is done as a reimbursable service and should take place on a regular basis to preserve the appearance and condition of the carpet.

Lighting/HVAC: Ten hours of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and lighting are provided at no additional cost during normal duty hours. Additional service outside this timeframe is available on a reimbursable basis with advanced notice to the GSA Property Management Office at 520-670-4742.

Utility Closets: Tenant and tenant vendor access to electrical and telephone closets can be obtained by contacting the operations and maintenance contractor at 520-670-4742. Please do not install equipment in these closets without first contacting the GSA Property Management Office.

Tenant Controlled Space Alteration: Space alterations should not be performed without first contacting the GSA Property Manager. GSA can provide alteration solutions to meet your needs. Alteration projects are normally funded through a Reimbursable Work Authorization (RWA). Also, it is building policy that work that might disrupt building tenants (e.g. paint fumes, construction noise, etc.) be accomplished after standard building operating hours.

Miscellaneous Topics

Occupant Emergency Plan: As the lead tenant in this building, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court is responsible for creating and updating the Occupant Emergency Plan. Please take time to become familiar with it, and participate in Building Security Committee meetings.

Personal Property: Please do not put surplus items in building common space (i.e., corridors, elevators, loading dock, etc.). Doing so may impede egress should the building need to be evacuated. GSA will be glad to advise you about excessing surplus property.

Loading Dock: The loading dock is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Scheduling the use of the loading dock for deliveries, moves, etc., can be arranged through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court by calling Brieanna Stell at 520-202-7532 or through GSA at 520-670-4738. A guard must be present at all times while loading dock doors are open, so it is imperative that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court or GSA be informed at least 24 hours advance to make these arrangements.

If a vehicle(s) will be at the dock for more than one hour, it must be attended in the event it needs to be moved for other deliveries/services.

Deliveries: To minimize disruption to other occupants, we encourage tenants to arrange large deliveries outside of normal business hours. In the event of after-hour activities, the tenant will be responsible for arranging guard services by contacting the U.S. Marshals Service (CSO) at 520-202-7526.

Recycling: Tenants are encouraged to take advantage of the building-wide recycling program, which includes paper and cardboard. Any questions regarding recycling, please contact Theresa Lopez at 520-670-4747 or the GSA Property Manager at 520-670-4705.

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