Bruce R. Thompson US Courthouse and Federal Building

Bruce R. Thompson Courthouse and Federal Building400 Virginia St
Reno, NV 89501

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Completed in 1996, the Reno landmark features Sierra white granite used for the facade on the ground level. The upper floors are cast concrete colored to simulate the granite. Bruce R. Thomson was a federal judge born in Nevada.

Building information

Property manager: Dean Mansfield

Public hours: 7:30 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 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 RTC.

Public access

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

Key tenants

Major tenants are the U.S. District Court, U.S. Probation, U.S. Pretrial Services, U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals Service. Senator Cortez Masto and Senator Rosen also have their Northern Nevada offices here.

Select the Tenants tab on this page for additional information for tenants.

Building services

Vending machines (accessible to the public whenever the building is open) are located on the first floor in the mail room at the back of the lobby.

Public art

Perforated Object was inspired by an artifact discovered in 1936 in a excavation headed by anthropologist and archaeologist Robert F. Heizer, the artist’s father. The original artifact unearthed in the Humboldt Cave nearly 100 miles southeast of Reno was carved from the horn of a bighorn sheep and "perforated" by 90 holes drilled through it. Created more than 1,500 years ago and left with the belongings of a Shoshone shaman, its purpose remains unknown. This modern interpretation of the original object is constructed of bridge building steel and is approximately 450 times larger in size. Michael Heizer, the artist, grew up visiting archaeological sites around the world.


Building Owners and Managers Association named it The Outstanding Building of the Year® (TOBY) — State Award, Federal Building Category — in 2011.

Occupant information

Access and 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. For after-hours access, contact the Federal Protective Service guard on duty at 775-686-8412.

Key cards are available for tenant agency employees for access to the parking lot and other authorized areas. All requests for key cards must be submitted through the tenant agency’s management to the GSA Property Manager for approval. Requests will then be given to the U.S. Marshals to process. Their office is located on the second floor in Room 201. Their phone number is 775-686-5780.


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. There is always a guard on duty at this facility. They can be reached at 775-686-8412. 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 and service requests: Please contact the GSA Property Management Office at 775-784-5447 during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 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 775-784-5447.

Utility closets: Tenant and tenant vendor access to electrical and telephone closets can be obtained by contacting the GSA Property Management Office at 775-784-5447. 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 775-784-5449. Displays may be posted in the foyer, 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 available for use from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scheduling the use of the loading dock for deliveries, moves, etc., can be arranged through the GSA Property Management Office at 775-784-5447. A guard must be present at all times while the loading dock doors are open, so it is imperative that the GSA Property Management Office be informed at least 24 hours advance to make these arrangements.

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

Deliveries: Before scheduling delivery of non-standard items that may be too heavy or too tall to maneuver within the building, please call the GSA Property Management Office to verify size and weight limits.

Recycling: Tenants are encouraged to take advantage of the building’s Single Stream 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 775-784-5447.

Last Reviewed: 2021-07-14