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U.S. Census Bureau, Suitland, Md.

SOM's design for the U.S. census bureau headquarters makes a giant organization more accessible, even to its employees.

U.S. Census Bureau, Suitland, Md.

SOM's design for the U.S. census bureau headquarters makes a giant organization more accessible, even to its employees.

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    U.S. Census Bureau Suitland, Md.

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    The Census Bureau building is clad in a brise soleil of wavy, laminated wood fins that are attached to a glass curtain wall, interrupted by concrete spandrels. The fins extend past the edges of the walls, creating a sinuous skin that breaks the box and enlivens the site.

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    The Census Bureau building is clad in a brise soleil of wavy, laminated wood fins that are attached to a glass curtain wall, interrupted by concrete spandrels. The fins extend past the edges of the walls, creating a sinuous skin that breaks the box and enlivens the site.

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    The Census Bureau building is clad in a brise soleil of wavy, laminated wood fins that are attached to a glass curtain wall, interrupted by concrete spandrels. The fins extend past the edges of the walls, creating a sinuous skin that breaks the box and enlivens the site.

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    White oak sunshading blades - Sentinel Structures - www.sentinelstructures.com Glue-laminated timbers - Custom curve applied to the forms during manufacturing - Strictly adheres to ANSI standards VE1-2M 1-inch insulated glazing unit with 10 percent ceramic frit - Viracon - www.viracon.com Low-E insulated glass panels - Allows 67 percent visible light transmittance, 29 percent solar transmittance - Variety of tinting and fritting options Green-tinted precast concrete spandrel panels with mica flakes - Artex Systems Prefabricated spandrel panels - Mica flakes suspended in the concrete - Concrete can be tinted to variety of standard or custom colors

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    A thoroughfare called "the Street" serves as the main circulation route. A system of bright colors painted on the upper third of the wall indicates the user's location in the 2.5-million-square-foot building. Strato Panel diffusing system - Philips - www.lighting.philips.com Changeable color temperatures and brightness - Simulates daylight and, when applied to the ceiling, skylights - Modular system - Tiles can be installed adjacently Paint - Sherwin-Williams - www.sherwin-williams.com Commercial-grade interior paint - Several hundred colors - Used here to promote wayfinding Custom-designed GRG wall panel - Formglas - www.formglas.com Glassfiber-reinforced gypsum system - Can be factory-molded into any shape or size - Field finished White terrazzo tile - D. Magnan & Co. Marble chips and dust suspended in cement or epoxy resin - Polished and matte-finished available - Variety of color options

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    Translucents ceiling panels - USG - www.usg.com Translucent infill panels - Full accessibility to ceiling above and to all utilities - Lit from behind - Class A fire rating - Compatible with several USG open-grid suspension systems Veneto Glass tile - Stonesource - www.stonesource.com Oven-strengthened glass tiles - Each tile is 3/8-inch thick with rounded corners - Available in 48 standard colors - Color applied to the back of each tile - Available in clear and satin finishes

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    Geometrix ceiling panels - USG - www.usg.com Lightweight aluminum ceiling panels - Each panel is canted to varying depths, allowing for texture and dimension on the ceiling surface - Backed with Acoustibond for better sound performance Dome pendant light fixture - Niedhardt - www.niedhardt.com Custom-designed - Structural metal shade Switch chair - Brayton - www.brayton.com Matte or polished chrome frame - Coordinating lounge and executive chairs - Solid arm, open arm, and armless options available

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    Laminated Glass Fins - Vanceva - www.vanceva.com Colored interlayer between two sheets of laminated glass - Minimum 30-gauge interlayers - Available in a variety of colors and metallics

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    Workspaces are situated near the windows on the perimeter and the interior building's courtyard to maximize daylighting for the workers. 4' linear fluorescent - Zumtobel - www.zumtobel.com Recessed linear fluorescent - Available in 4-, 8-, and 12-foot lengths - White-painted steel upper reflector Can also be configured for continuous runs Office front systems with acid-etched glass - Acme Architectural Walls - www.acmearchitecturalwalls.com Color can be applied with powder-coat paints - Custom color and acid-etching options available Optima open-plan plank ceiling - Armstrong - www.armstrong.com Impact- and soil- resistant panels - Tiles available in square as well as plank - Nondirectional DuraBrite surface increases light reflectance to provide better overall illumination Morrisson workstations - Knoll - www.knoll.com Materials palette includes metals, veneers, and fabrics - Integrated wire management system - Designed by Andrew Morrisson - Freedom Chair Humanscale www.humanscale.com Standard features include self-adjusting recline, dual-pivoting backrest, synchronized armrests, dynamic headrest, and contoured cushions - Upholstery options include 10 different lines of four-way-stretch Humanscale fabrics

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    Conference rooms, kitchens, breakout nodes, and vertical transport are located in the center of the two ribbons of the structure. Series 7 chairs - Fritz Hansen - www.fritzhansen.com Available in three finishes - 18 standard colors, six standard veneers, seven highgloss colors, and metallic silver - Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955

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    Workspaces are situated near the windows on the perimeter and the interior building's courtyard to maximize daylighting for the workers.

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    Workspaces are situated near the windows on the perimeter and the interior building's courtyard to maximize daylighting for the workers. Curtainwall system - Enclos Corp. - www.enclos.com Designed and engineered by specialized contractors - System flexible enough system to accommodate sinuous façade angles - Easily accommodates custom systems without compromising structural integrity Panelized tongue-and-groove ipe boards - ISEC Inc. - www.isecinc.com Cladding system fabricated by specialized contractors - Maintains envelope - Sealed to maintain color and texture of the wood

PRODUCT SPECS

STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS

LOCATION Office building
PRODUCT Steel

LOCATION Garages
PRODUCT Concrete


EXTERIOR CLADDING

LOCATION Curtainwall
PRODUCT VE1-2M 1-inch insulated glazing unit with 10 percent ceramic frit
MANUFACTURER Viracon

LOCATION Curtainwall
MANUFACTURER Enclos Corp.

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Green-tinted precast concrete spandrel panels with mica flakes
MANUFACTURER Artex Systems

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Curved, glue-laminated white oak sun-shading blades
MANUFACTURER Sentinel Structures

LOCATION Interior courtyard
PRODUCT Panelized tongue-and-groove ipe boards
MANUFACTURER ISEC Inc.

LOCATION Parking enclosures
PRODUCT Ivy Green Screen System
MANUFACTURER GreenScreen


ROOFING

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Fully adhered PVC roof membrane system complete with flashings and terminations


DOORS

LOCATION Entrances
PRODUCT Herculite-type glass doors

LOCATION Interior and entrance doors
PRODUCT Push/pull handles
MANUFACTURER Elmes

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Locksets
MANUFACTURER Matise


CEILINGS

  • Calypso Sina Pearson Textiles - www.sinapearson.com
The calypso line of upholstery fabric from Sina Pearson is available in 11 colorways. The material is 54 percent rayon and 46 percent polyester. It is a Crypton fiber, rated for commercial use. The rawsilk- textured material is fabricated at 54 inches wide and meets and exceeds ACT standards for both upholstery and direct-glued wall covering applications.
    Calypso Sina Pearson Textiles - www.sinapearson.com The calypso line of upholstery fabric from Sina Pearson is available in 11 colorways. The material is 54 percent rayon and 46 percent polyester. It is a Crypton fiber, rated for commercial use. The rawsilk- textured material is fabricated at 54 inches wide and meets and exceeds ACT standards for both upholstery and direct-glued wall covering applications.

LOCATION Dining
PRODUCT Geometrix ceilingpanels
MANUFACTURER USG

LOCATION Servery
PRODUCT Transluscent ceiling panels
MANUFACTURER USG


DEMOUNTABLE PARTITIONS

LOCATION Workplace
PRODUCT Office front systems with acid-etched glass
MANUFACTURER Acme


PAINTS AND STAINS

LOCATION Workplace
PRODUCT Paint
MANUFACTURER Benjamin Moore

LOCATION The Street
PRODUCT Paint
MANUFACTURER Sherwin-Williams


WALL COVERINGS

  • Spredlite Metal Halide Downlight Edison Price - www.epl.com
The Spredlite series is a wall grazing system that includes recessed and cove-mounted fixtures. Baffled lenses. Lamping options include metal-halide spots (as used in this project), as well as other PAR lamps. Fixtures comes in a variety of depths, which inform the degree of wall illumination.
    Spredlite Metal Halide Downlight Edison Price - www.epl.com The Spredlite series is a wall grazing system that includes recessed and cove-mounted fixtures. Baffled lenses. Lamping options include metal-halide spots (as used in this project), as well as other PAR lamps. Fixtures comes in a variety of depths, which inform the degree of wall illumination.

LOCATION The Street
PRODUCT Custom-designed FRG wall panel
MANUFACTURER Formglas

LOCATION Auditorium, training, and conference center
PRODUCT Medium in Pistachio and Myrtle
MANUFACTURER Maharam

LOCATION Dining
PRODUCT Allegro wall panels
MANUFACTURER HBF Textiles

LOCATION Dining
PRODUCT Walnut wood-veneer panels


SPECIAL SURFACING

  • Medium Maharam - www.maharam.com
Medium is an upholstery fabric, primarily for seating applications. The material is 100 percent polyester and is rated to 220,000 double rubs. Manufactured at 54 inches wide, the monochromatic fabric is available in 29 colors. Medium is stain-resistant and meets appropriate flammability requirements.
    Medium Maharam - www.maharam.com Medium is an upholstery fabric, primarily for seating applications. The material is 100 percent polyester and is rated to 220,000 double rubs. Manufactured at 54 inches wide, the monochromatic fabric is available in 29 colors. Medium is stain-resistant and meets appropriate flammability requirements.

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Laminated glass fins
MANUFACTURER Vanceva


FLOOR AND WALL TILE 

LOCATION Servery
PRODUCT Veneto glass tile
MANUFACTURER Stonesource

LOCATION Servery
PRODUCT Ceramic tiles
MANUFACTURER Dal-Tile

LOCATION Dining, servery, cafe, and credit union
PRODUCT White and blue terrazzo tile
MANUFACTURER Magnan

LOCATION Kitchen
PRODUCT Quarry flooring tiles

LOCATION Kitchen
PRODUCT Ceramic wall tile

LOCATION The Street
PRODUCT White terrazzo tile
MANUFACTURER Magnan

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Access floor with under-floor A/C supply
MANUFACTURER Tate


FURNISHINGS

  • Versa Chair KI - www.ki.com
The Versa chair collection from KI includes seven different seating options: sled-based, standard four-leg, stacking conference, armed stacking, armless, children's, and tabletarmed. The seat and back are available in polypropylene, wood, upholstered, and cushioned. The back legs extend slightly toward the rear, increasing the stability of the chair.
    Versa Chair KI - www.ki.com The Versa chair collection from KI includes seven different seating options: sled-based, standard four-leg, stacking conference, armed stacking, armless, children's, and tabletarmed. The seat and back are available in polypropylene, wood, upholstered, and cushioned. The back legs extend slightly toward the rear, increasing the stability of the chair.

LOCATION Workplace
PRODUCT Morrisson workstations
MANUFACTURER Knoll

LOCATION Reception
PRODUCT Stone benches

LOCATION The Street, servery, cafe, and nodes
PRODUCT Series 7 chairs
MANUFACTURER Fritz Hansen

LOCATION Dining
PRODUCT Switch chair with Arc-Com fabric
MANUFACTURER Brayton

LOCATION Workplace
PRODUCT Freedom Chair
MANUFACTURER Humanscale

LOCATION The Street, dining, and nodes
PRODUCT Arena tables
MANUFACTURER: Knoll

LOCATION Credit union and nodes
PRODUCT Branden banquet and tables
MANUFACTURER Keilhauer

LOCATION Node conference room
PRODUCT Conference table
MANUFACTURER Howe


UPHOLSTERY AND FINISHES

  • Way carpet Milliken - www.millikencarpet.com
Designed as a collaboration between SOM and Milliken Contract and released last year, this modular carpet collection consists of three pattern families-Forcefield, Riverbed, and Urbanscape-each of which has one motif expressed in three variations, for a total of nine different patterns. This allows for coordination in different areas of the same project. Each of the nine pattern options is available in six different colorways. The 36-by- 36-inch tiles can be oriented differently to further vary the field.
    Way carpet Milliken - www.millikencarpet.com Designed as a collaboration between SOM and Milliken Contract and released last year, this modular carpet collection consists of three pattern families-Forcefield, Riverbed, and Urbanscape-each of which has one motif expressed in three variations, for a total of nine different patterns. This allows for coordination in different areas of the same project. Each of the nine pattern options is available in six different colorways. The 36-by- 36-inch tiles can be oriented differently to further vary the field.

LOCATION Cafe, servery, and dining
PRODUCT Silverado upholstery
MANUFACTURER ArcCom

LOCATION Nodes
PRODUCT Tease & Sense, Velese upholstery
MANUFACTURER Momentum

LOCATION Nodes
PRODUCT Calypso upholstery
MANUFACTURER Sina Pearson

LOCATION Auditorium, training, and conference center
PRODUCT Vellum upholstery
MANUFACTURER Humanscale

LOCATION Auditorium, training, and conference center
PRODUCT Laminate
MANUFACTURER Wilson Art

LOCATION Auditorium
PRODUCT Savoy upholstery
MANUFACTURER Pallas Textiles


LIGHTING 

LOCATION The Street
PRODUCT Strato Panel diffusing system
MANUFACTURER Philips

LOCATION Dining
PRODUCT Dome pendant light fixture
MANUFACTURER Nieghthardt

LOCATION Dining
PRODUCT Linear direct/indirect luminaire
MANUFACTURER Zumtobel

LOCATION Training center
PRODUCT Skydome fluorescent light fixture
MANUFACTURER Prudential

LOCATION Training center
PRODUCT Spredlite metal halide downlight
MANUFACTURER Edison Price

LOCATION Workplace
PRODUCT 4' linear fluorescent
MANUFACTURER Zumtobel


VERTICAL TRANSPORT

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Elevators and escalators
MANUFACTURER Fujitech