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U.S. Census Bureau

Units SI IP

Location

Suitland, Maryland, United States

Principal Use

Office

Design Architect

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Anything about the engineers? Facade consultants?

CDC Inc.

Gross Floor Area

1,500,000 m2

16,146,000 ft2

Reason(s) for inclusion

  • Daylight Control
  • Solar Control
  • Noise Control

Building Name

U.S. CENSUS BUREAU HEADQUARTERS

Address

Suitland, Maryland

Description / Additional Information

Describe the key innovation and technology aspects of the project

Project Narrative

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.

General Information

Year completed (or major renovation)

2007

Construction Cost

331,000,000

Climate Zone

Temperate

Building Certifications (check all that apply)

  • LEED

Design Features

Energy Performance

Construction Type

Main Cladding Material

  • Concrete
  • Wood

Approximate WWR (measured from the inside)

0.3

Skin Type

Skin Type

  • Single Skin Facade

Geometrical configuration

  • Corridor

Ventilation type

  • Outdoor Air Curtain

Solar Shading

Glazing-integrated shading

  • Liquid Crystal Glazing

Ventilation

Is there natural ventilation through the facade?

Yes

Type of Ventilation Strategy

  • Single-sided

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

Daylight

Is daylight simulation part of the design process?

No

Noise

Embodied Carbon

Energy Generation

Insulation

Monomaterial envelope?

No

Material

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