Do You Work in One of the 20 Most Elegant Federal Buildings?

By Charles S. Clark

May 2, 2014

Furthering a set of standards set by President Kennedy, the General Services Administration has joined with private-sector architects and designated the 20 best-designed federal buildings.

The GSA Design Awards, presented Wednesday at a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, are presented every two years as part of the agency’s ongoing Design Excellence program set up to showcase star projects and raise the bar for investment in future federal buildings.

“We support the delivery of vital public services to the American people with buildings that are distinct and valued landmarks in their local communities,” said Norman Dong, the newly installed commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service. “Our design efforts provide necessary tools to the nation’s federal workforce in high quality, cost-effective spaces that help agencies achieve their missions.”

The finalists were selected from 80 nominees judged by a jury of private-sector professionals chaired by architect Henry N. Cobb. The awards honor federal employees, architects, engineers, landscape architects, urban designers, interior designers, artists, conservationists and preservationists who work on federal facilities.

The envelope, please.

The following seven buildings were recognized for honors:

The following 13 were recognized with citations by categories:


By Charles S. Clark

May 2, 2014

http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/05/do-you-work-one-20-most-elegant-federal-buildings/83713/