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2014 GSA Design Awards

GSA and its private-sector partners honored 20 federal buildings that represent the agency’s best in recent design and architecture projects. The GSA Design Awards are the hallmark of the agency’s Design Excellence program.
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Kearneysville WV

The IRS Enterprise Computing Center in Kearneysville, West Virginia, recently underwent conversion to a static uninterruptible power supply. The project required constructing a replacement utility plant without disrupting service to the center’s 24-hour-a-day operations. Photo Credit: Alfred Wekelo

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Jacob K. Javits Federal Building

Jacob K. Javits Federal Building Plaza tops the parking structure of 26 Federal Plaza in Lower Manhattan. As part of waterproofing improvements to the garage, the acre of public space was redeveloped. Four planted areas, as well as outdoor furniture designed to accommodate socializing and outdoor work, accent the marble-and-granite hardscape. Photo Credit: Alex MacLean

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Land Port of Entry

The U.S. Land Port of Entry in Van Buren, Maine, replaces a land port damaged by historic flooding in 2008. The 44,000-square-foot features a layout that maximizes visibility for border officers, and an aluminum-and-glass building skin that blends with local forests. Design of the surrounding landscape considers stormwater management extensively. Photo Credit: Paul Crosby

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Federal Center South

Federal Center South Building 1202 is the new regional headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwest District. Located in a historically industrial neighborhood in Seattle, the project redeveloped a brownfield site into a 209,000-square-foot oxbow-shaped building featuring diverse interiors, a series of collaborative spaces and nearly 300,000 board feet of structural timber and wood decking that was salvaged from the adjacent decommissioned warehouse. Photo Credit: Benjamin…

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Eisenhower Executive Office Building

Over eight years, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building—the 1888 State, War, and Navy Building that today housing administrators of the Executive Office of the President—was completely modernized without disturbing full operations. The iconic 692,000-square-foot structure’s Second Empire–style architecture is restored and preserved.

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United States Bankruptcy Court

Measuring 33,400 square feet and overlooking Mill Creek Park in downtown Bakersfield, California, the United States Courthouse in Bakersfield embodies the minimalist materials and indoor-outdoor dialogue of California modernism. Photo Credit: Frank Ooms

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Andover, MA

Once a warehouse for paper documents, the 390,000-square-foot Federal Office Building in Andover, Massachusetts, has been transformed into an office for accounts management, compliance services, and support. The building interior now boasts clear interior organization, space for workplace interaction, and dramatically improved energy performance. Photo Credit: David Lena

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Peace Arch Border Crossing

The new Peace Arch Land Port of Entry, located at the busy border crossing in Blaine, Washington, includes 10 primary-inspection lanes—approximately double the capacity of the 1976 facility it replaces. Design of this new building and its corresponding infrastructure minimizes visual impact on the coastal landscape. Photo: © 2012 Benjamin Benschneider

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John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse

The John M. Roll United States Courthouse is a new courthouse located in downtown Yuma, Arizona, that reinvents traditional elements of courthouse architecture. Its 10,000-square-foot canopy resembles historic ramada structures instead of a portico, for example, and its embedded photovoltaics generate 21 percent of the building’s electricity.

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Dr. A.H. McCoy Federal Building

Modernization of the Dr. A.H. McCoy Federal Building in downtown Jackson, Mississippi, offered the opportunity to reinvent its broad plaza, which had discouraged public use. A new, 3,000-square-foot security pavilion reaches into the public space; its organic shape is an inviting contrast to the 1979 office building’s angular geometry. Photo Credit: © Alan Karchmer

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