Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Headquarters

Washington, DC, 2008

The Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives building serves as the national headquarters for a government agency with the highest security requirements. It is located at the intersection of New York and Florida Avenues and has been a catalyst for urban renewal and rejuvenation in the surrounding district. The program called for general office space, extensive training facilities, an auditorium and auxiliary services. Notwithstanding security setback requirements, the complex engages and animates the surrounding street edges. The entrance is positioned across from the new metro station on the southeast corner; retail facilities line 2nd Street (to the east); and a trellised garden wall defines N Street (to the south). In addition a three-story planted, arcaded crescent contains the site to the north and west, enclosing a 4506 square-metre (48,500-square-foot) internal garden and inconspicuously serving as a security barrier. Auxiliary elements such as loading docks and an inspection booth are integrated into the overall fabric of buildings and garden walls. Maximum flexibility is achieved through the provision of a technical subfloor for the distribution of data and mechanical services. The office space consists of relatively narrow floor plates surrounding a large atrium, thus affording daylight for all workspaces.

Project Type: Government

Client: U.S. General Services Administration

Cost: $120 million

Size: 422000

Collaborators

Associate Architect - OP.X Architecture

Structural Engineer - Weidlinger Associates, Inc

MEP Engineer - Cosentini Associates, Inc

Landscape Architect - Brown Sardina, Inc

Kroll Inc - Security Consultant