U.S. Census Bureau
Suitland, Maryland, United States
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Anything about the engineers? Facade consultants?
Gross Floor Area
Reason(s) for inclusion
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Description / Additional Information
Describe the key innovation and technology aspects of the project
The complex consists of two long, low-slung curving volumes separated by a courtyard. Their narrow footprints ensure daylight penetrates throughout the interiors. A brise-soleil of wavy, white oak panels reduces solar glare and helps the structure blend into its wooded, 80-acre site in suburban Maryland. Paired with a water reclamation system and other sustainable features, the sunshades helped this project earn LEED® Gold certification.
Year completed (or major renovation)
Building Certifications (check all that apply)
Link(s) for more information
Special Design Features
Other Design Features
Main Cladding Material
Approximate WWR (measured from the inside)
- Single Skin Facade
- Outdoor Air Curtain
- Liquid Crystal Glazing
Is there natural ventilation through the facade?
Type of Ventilation Strategy
Relationship to Mechanical Systems
- Alternative (when natural vent is on mechanical is off)
Ventilation Operation Type
- BMS controlled without overrides
Ventilation Control Strategy
- Based on Indoor CO2 concentration
Is daylight simulation part of the design process?
Maximum sound attenuation through the facade
NOISE CONTROL? dB
- Ultra-light Concrete