Sandra Day O'Connor US Courthouse

Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse401 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

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Washington Street is a one-way street heading west, and 4th Avenue begins a one-way street at Washington heading south.

Building Information

Property Manager: Tanya West

Public Hours: 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 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 parking available in the building for the general public. Metered street parking is nearby. Public parking garages are directly across from the building. Public transportation is available via Valley Metro.

Key Tenants

Major tenants are the U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, and U.S. Marshals Service. In the latest (2016) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 68% rated the courthouse and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale.

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Building Services

Name / Type Open to Location Hours of Operation
Kahala Coffee Traders Kiosk Public East 1st floor atrium M-F 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Vending Machines Public 2nd floor 24/7
Fitness Center Federal Employees Only Basement M-F 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Health Unit Federal Employees Only 3rd floor, Suite 301 M-F 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public Art

Lens Ceiling by James CarpenterLight artist and designer James Carpenter diminishes the lines between his art and architecture education with Lens Ceiling. This precisely engineered and delicately realized work of art forms the perfect union with the grand and soaring atrium designed by architect Richard Meier in his signature monochrome style. Lens Ceiling appears to float like a bubble of air resting gently on the surface of water atop the glass cylindrical Special Proceedings Courtroom. It fulfills both functional and symbolic needs for the ceremonial courtroom. The public mezzanine has direct views into the courtroom, and the courtroom has views to the sky above.

History and Architecture

Completed in 2000, the steel-and-glass building designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects makes impressive use of natural daylight.


Building Owners and Managers Association named it The Outstanding Building of the Year® (TOBY) - International Award, Federal Building Category - in 2009.

  • Top Five Buildings for the 21st Century, USA Magazine, 2002
  • Design Awards, Citation for Graphic Design of the Tenant Guide, U.S. General Services Administration, 2002
  • Honor Award for Architecture, American Institute of Architects, 2002
  • Honor Award for Architecture, American Institute of Architects - Arizona Chapter, 2002
  • Design Awards, Honor Award for Architecture, U.S. General Services Administration, 2000
  • Platinum Award, New York Association of Consulting Engineers, 1999
  • Ten Most Significant Buildings for the New Millennium, Wall Street Journal, 1998
  • Design Awards, Citation for Engineering and Environmental Study, U.S. General Services Administration, 1998
  • Design Awards, Citation for Lens Ceiling, U.S. General Services Administration, 1998
  • Honor Award, American Institute of Architects - New York Chapter, 1997
  • Award, Progressive Architecture - 43rd Awards Program, 1996

Occupant Information

Access & Hours of Operation

The building is fully operational (lighting and HVAC services) from 8 a.m. to 6 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 after-hours access. All requests for key cards must be submitted through the tenant agency’s management for approval. Requests will then be given to U.S. Marshals Service to process. Their office is on the second floor in Room 270. Their phone number is 602-382-8747.


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 24 hours a day Monday through Sunday. 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.

Conference Room: Located on the second floor in Suite 220 and 225 there are two joint-use conference rooms available for tenant use. Suite 220 seats 40 and is equipped with an 80" monitor with HDMI, and Suite 225 seats 20 and is equipped with a 70" monitor with HDMI. Both are configured as classrooms.

The conference rooms are available for building tenants from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays on a first-come, first-served reservation basis at no cost. Room use outside these hours is possible through special arrangements with the GSA Property Manager and payment of overtime utility and security costs.

Please call the GSA Property Management Office at 602-514-7422 to schedule use.

Building Operations

Maintenance & Service Requests: Please contact the GSA main line at 602-514-7422 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 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 6 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 602-514-7422.

Utility Closets: Tenant and tenant vendor access to electrical and telephone closets can be obtained by contacting the operations and maintenance contractor at 602-514-7422. 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. District 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.

Displays: Please do not post or display any material outside tenant space without first contacting the GSA Property Manager at 602-514-7422. Displays may be posted in public elevators, but again, please contact the GSA Property Management Office prior to taking any action.

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 6 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Scheduling the use of the loading dock for deliveries, moves, etc., can be arranged through the GSA Property Manager at 602-514-7422. A guard must be present at all times while basement doors are open, so it is imperative that GSA or the on-site maintenance contractor 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 Jennifer Harkins at 602-761-2411 or

Recycling: Tenants are encouraged to take advantage of the building-wide recycling program, which includes paper and cardboard. Any questions regarding recycling, please contact the janitorial contractor supervisor at 480-730-4230 or the GSA Property Manager at 602-514-7422.

Last Reviewed: 2021-07-26