Bruce R. Thompson US Courthouse and Federal Building
400 Virginia Street
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.
Property Manager: Dean Mansfield
Public Hours: 7:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)
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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 [a nongovernment website].
All public visitors are required to pass through electronic security equipment. ADA access is available at the front entrance to the building.
Major tenants are the U.S. District Court, U.S. Probation, U.S. Pretrial Services, and U.S. Marshals Service. In the latest (2016) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 100% rated the federal building and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale.
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.
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.