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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.


    2014 GSA Design Awards

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    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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    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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    Toledo, Ohio established a civic center mall in its downtown in 1924. The proposed United States Courthouse anchors the northern edge of the mall, in an historically appropriate scale, while reinterpreting courthouse architecture: A mounded roof and glass atrium substitute the classic dome and portico, and the curtain wall’s curved panels suggest fluting on a column.

    United States Courthouse (proposed)

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    The Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Grand Junction, Colorado, was constructed in 1918 by the Treasury Department under James A. Wetmore. Today the landmark is poised to be GSA’s first net-zero-energy building. Modernization of the 3-story facility prioritized environmental performance and historic integrity equally. Photo Credit: ©Kevin G. Reeves Photographer

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    The United States Courthouse Annex in downtown San Diego expands facilities for the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. In addition to producing the 467,000-square-foot annex, the project developed the plaza between old and new courthouses; this outdoor space includes the Robert Irwin sculpture Hedge Wedge. Photo Credit: ©Tim Griffith

    Edward J Schwartz Federal Building

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    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

    United States Bankruptcy Court

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    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.

    John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse

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    The 40-year-old Minton-Capehart Federal Building lines part of Veterans Memorial Plaza in downtown Indianapolis. As part of the original design, Milton Glaser wrapped the building’s 672-foot-long arcade level in the mural Color Fuses. Modernization of the federal building included restoration of Color Fuses, with Glaser’s participation. Photo Credit: James Steinkamp Photography

    Minton-Capehart Federal Building

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    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

    Dr. A.H. McCoy Federal Building

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    50 United Nations Plaza Federal Building is a major component of the San Francisco Civic Center. Seismic upgrade permitted the 1936 building’s first major modernization, which yielded dramatic improvements in environmental performance and workplace design. Photo Credit: Blake Marvin, HKS Inc.

    50 United Nations Plaza

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