McCoy Federal Building

McCoy Federal Building

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As part of the GSA’s Design Excellence program, Schwartz/Silver addressed several requirements at the McCoy Federal Building:  improve accessibility and sustainability; replace building systems; provide a secure entry for twenty federal agencies; and convert a concrete plaza into a green landscape.  The tower was reorganized to improve circulation patterns and the building envelope rehabilitated.  Inspired by the Mississippi River’s changing meanders, the new security pavilion’s entry canopies curve out to welcome pedestrians.  The ribbon-like façades of the pavilion are clad in white aluminum skin matching the color of the original tower.  In front of that metal surface, aluminum ribbons support translucent glass shingles that hover free of the façade.  The shingles, floating in front of the building skin, are luminous and ephemeral.

 

Recognition

American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 
Honor Award, Boston Society of Architects  
GSA Design Citations in Architecture, Construction, Communication Design, Interiors, Urbanism 
GSA BIM-Forum Delivery Process Innovation Award
Technology in Architectural Practice Award, American Institute of Architects 
LEED Gold Certified

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Through Schwartz/Silver’s modernization of the building and a new security pavilion, the 1979 building is a new symbol for the U.S. government in the city.
— American Architects Review
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Collaborators

Owner’s Project Representative: Faithful + Gould
Associate Architect: Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons
Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates
Structural Engineer: Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners
Blast Engineer: Weidlinger Associates
Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Engineer: Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons
Lighting: Tillotson Design Associates
Facade Consulting and Fabrication: Zahner
A/V and Acoustical Design: Acentech Inc.
Security: RJA
Civil: Crown Engineering
Geotchnical Engineer: Terracon
Construction Manager: Skanska
Photographer: © Steve Rosenthal