U.S. Department of Defense, NAVFAC Washington

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Defense Intelligence Analysis Center Expansion

Location
Bolling Air Force Base, Washington DC

Size
482,500 GSF, 44825 M2

Services
Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Lighting Design

“The design was both aesthetically and technically impressive, and incorporated numerous complex features, including the award-winning force protection and blast-resistant curtainwall.”

—Ted Baker, Division President, Manhattan Construction Company

Description

While facility design and amenities can often help with recruitment and retention, this strategy is rarely applied to government buildings. Working with DIA to expand its analysis facility—originally designed by SmithGroupJJR in 1984—provided an opportunity to create ways to attract “the best and brightest” while also delivering superior security and strategies for boosting productivity.

The resulting technologically-advanced building benefits from powerful integrated design. With a bright four-story atrium, a redundant multi-network computer infrastructure, and the latest anti-terrorism measures, the agency staff enjoys more interaction, support for achieving goals, and improved safety. Glass, sunlight and a dramatic pedestrian bridge make the interiors welcoming and open, while outside, new trees and a stormwater pond provide natural beauty.

During construction, the client learned of a new high-profile tenant: the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). SmithGroupJJR quickly redesigned the top two floors with minimal impact on the schedule, and with few changes to the already-built office floors—thanks to the flexible office configuration.