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
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