The James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep U.S. Courthouse combines a slender and elegant 16-story tower that rises above a transparent and translucent base. Its ultra-thin shape supports sustainable design strategies to daylight the entire building, including each of the courtrooms. Located at the western edge of a growing downtown San Diego, the site for the new federal courthouse offers architecture that blends the downtown business core and the nearby residential community. The courthouse has six courtrooms.
Property Manager: Salvador Reyes
Public Hours: 7 a.m.– 6 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.
All public visitors are required to pass through electronic security equipment located on the first floor. ADA access is available at the front entrance to the building.
Major tenants are the U.S. District Court, U.S. Marshals Services, IRS, and GSA. In the latest (2016) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 75.53% rated the federal building and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale.
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GSA commissioned two works from artist Robert Irwin, a San Diego resident for the last two decades whose influential career stretches back to the 1950s. Acrylic Prism is a 33-foot-tall highly polished obelisk made of transparent acrylic located in the sunlit lobby. His Hedge Wedge is a zig-zagging ramp of hedges for the outdoor plaza that incorporated reclaimed materials in its creation.
Artist Kim MacConnell, who has been working in San Diego for 30 years and is associated with the pattern and decoration movement of the 1970s, installed large enamel on wood and aluminum panels called Intermission I and Intermission II in the Jury Assembly. The bold, bright colors are characteristic of his work.
Completed in 2012, the building achieved a LEED® Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and has won prestigious design and construction awards.
- Project Achievement Award, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), 2013
- Award of Excellence, Associated Builders and Contractors, 2013
- Award of Excellence in Partnering, Associated General Contractors – California, 2013
- Award of Excellence in Partnering, Projects over $50 Million, Individual: Hensel Phelps, Associated Builders and Contractors, 2013
- Award of Merit, Government/Public Building, Engineering News-Record (ENR), 2013
- Orchid Award, San Diego Architectural Foundation, 2013
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.
The U.S. Marshals Service controls the Physical Access Control System (PACS). Access Request Forms can be obtained from the USMS office off the public elevators on the plaza level. The USMS will process and issue a proximity card from this office as well. Additional physical keys can be obtained from the GSA Property Manager. Additional keys are a reimbursable expense. Tenants are responsible for controlling the keys for their space.
The U.S. Marshals Services provides internal security for the facility from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Federal Protective Service provides 24/7 perimeter security. FPS also provides a security guard at the parking lot vehicle entrance from 6 to 10 a.m. If a guard is needed but not present, 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 10th floor in Suite 1022 there is one joint-use conference room available for tenant use. It seats 30 and has full video projection and a conference phone.
The conference room is 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 619-557-6564 to schedule use.
Maintenance & Service Requests: Please contact the GSA main line at 619-557-6564 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 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 619-557-6564.
Utility Closets: Tenant and tenant vendor access to electrical and telephone closets can be obtained by contacting the GSA Property Management Office at 619-557-6564. 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.
Occupant Emergency Plan: 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 619-696-2807.
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 6 p.m. Scheduling the use of the loading dock for deliveries, moves, etc., can be arranged through the GSA Property Manager at 619-696-2807.
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. If you plan for after-hour activities, please contact the GSA Property Manager at 619-696-2807 prior to making arrangements.
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 GSA Property Management Office at 619-557-6564.