“ Montana used to be known as the Treasure State and this courthouse is a treasure. It’s remarkable what's been accomplished. It's a great building. I’m amazed at how it’s come out. ”

Judge Thomas F. Hogan Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts

Completed in a little over two years — six months ahead of schedule — the James F. Battin United States Courthouse in Billings represents the fastest delivery of a courthouse in modern history. The courthouse is designed to make justice visible and support and enhance the function of the downtown area through regional place-making, landscaped public green space and sustainable, high-performance building systems.

The design integrates Montana Yellowstone with a 21st Century interpretation of classical public architecture precedents to capture the warmth of the surrounding mountain rims and create a symbol of the dignity, enterprise, vigor and stability of the justice system. The formal colonnade faces west toward the center of Billings, revealing the significance of the state’s newest federal courthouse to its largest population center. The court houses the U.S. District Court, U.S. Magistrate Court, the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Key Design Elements

There are four concepts integral to the design of the courthouse in Billings: symbolic expression of the federal court, regional place-making, visible justice and delivery of high performance systems. These concepts are not considered in isolation. Rather they are woven together into one integrated contemporary design with key features simultaneously addressing all four concepts.



GSA Rocky Mountain Region, " Courthouse Project Contributes $40 million to Local Economy,” October 2012
The Missoulian, “New federal courthouse gets high marks,” September 2012
The Billings Gazette, "New federal courthouse dedicated,” September 2012