Edward J. Schwartz Federal Office Building

Edward J. Schwartz Federal Office Building and U.S. Courthouse880 Front Street and 221 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

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Built in 1975, this five-story building has been awarded the ENERGY STAR Label for Buildings, placing it among the top 25 percent of commercial and government buildings with regards to energy efficiency.

Building Information

Property Manager: Sal Reyes

Public Hours: 7 a.m.– 5 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. Commercial parking lots are within walking distance to the building. Public transportation is available via MTS. The nearest taxi stand is located across the street at the Westin Horton Plaza Hotel.

Public Access

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

Key Tenants

Major tenants are the U.S. District Court, IRS Taxpayer Assistance, U.S. Attorneys, Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In the latest (2016) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 50.48% rated the federal building and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale.

Additional information for tenants >

Building Services

Amenities Open to Location Hours of Operation
St. Tropez Bistro Public 2nd floor M-F 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Snack Shop Public 2nd floor, Room 2218 M-F 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Vending Machines Public Various 24/7
Cabrillo Credit Union/ATM Public 2nd Floor M-F 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fitness Center Federal Employees Only Basement 24/7
Health Unit Federal Employees Only Basement, Room B217 M-F 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public Art

These artists and their artworks are featured: Emery Donaldson Horsky, Navajo Shepherd and Refuge, lobby; Beverly Pepper, Excalibur, exterior front plaza; and Bruce Beasley, Axial Incidence, lobby.

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 after-hours access. All requests for key cards must be submitted through the tenant agency’s management to the GSA Property Manager for approval.


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. 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 Rooms: Located on the second and fourth floors in Rooms 2224 and 4224 there are two joint-use conference room available for tenant use. Room 2224 seats 40 (40 chairs, eight tables, one podium, no phone lines) and Room 4224 seats 60 (60 chairs, 10 tables, four credenzas, two white boards).

The conference rooms are available for building tenants from 7 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 619-557-6557 or 619-557-6564 to schedule use.

Building Operations

Maintenance & Service Requests: Please contact the GSA main line at 619-557-6564 during the hours of 7 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 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 619-557-6557.

Utility Closets: Tenant and tenant vendor access to electrical and telephone closets can be obtained by contacting the GSA Property Management Office at 619-557-6557. 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. Marshals Service 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 619-557-6557. Displays may be posted in the sign holders in the elevator lobbies, 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: Scheduling the use of the loading dock for deliveries, moves, etc., can be arranged through the GSA customer service desk at 619-557-6564 or the GSA Property Manager at 619-557-6557.

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.

Recycling: Tenants are encouraged to take advantage of the building-wide recycling program, which includes paper, glass bottles and jars, metal cans, plastic containers and cardboard. Any questions regarding recycling, please contact the janitorial contractor supervisor at 619-557-5817 or the GSA Property Manager at 619-557-6557.

Structural Enhancement Project

Project Overview

In order to improve structural safety of the Schwartz Federal Building, GSA is executing a construction project at Front and E streets to reinforce the underpass structure. Construction began in January 2020 and closed all vehicle lanes of Front Street between Broadway and F Street during construction. The pedestrian walkways in the underpass will be closed for the duration of the project.

Current Projects Update

June 21, 2021

Front Street will fully reopen to vehicle traffic on June 28, 2021 at 6 a.m. Pedestrian access remains closed through fall 2021.

Please continue to adhere to all posted signage and pedestrian detours. Read the full news release here.

Questions? Send inquiries to gsafrontstproject@gsa.gov

Download the Project Fact Sheet [PDF - 821 KB] | View Pedestrian Detours [PDF - 4 MB]

Environmental Assessment

To prepare for the project, GSA conducted an environmental assessment (EA) to determine the public impact of the project. The EA included notifying the public of the upcoming project and allows a specified time period for the public to make comments on the effects of the overall project as well as the street closures.

View the Environmental Assessment Documents

Last Reviewed: 2021-09-16