Design Awards Spotlight Excellence in Federal Buildings

Federal buildings best representing the significance of the nation’s government honored at GSA awards ceremony.

Federal government buildings, not federal government personnel, were the recipients of a special award ceremony this week that highlighted the structures best representing the architectural significance of the nation’s government.

Excellence in public design ranging from courthouses to a forensic science laboratory took the spotlight during the U.S. General Services Administration’s 2004 Design Awards ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center this week.

“The projects we honor with this year’s design awards reflect the majesty of our government,” said GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry. “The experts who developed these projects are helping to support our government and our democratic beliefs through the design and construction of buildings with architectural significance that provide functional workspace for federal workers at best value to the American taxpayers.”

A jury of private sector professionals chaired by architect Mack Scogin of Atlanta, Ga., reviewed more than 140 projects for this cycle of GSA’s Design Awards and received submissions in 20 categories, such as architecture, preservation, engineering, art, workplace environment, urban design, sustainability and construction.

“These award-winning projects illustrate the breadth of GSA’s work from the iconic courthouse to the high-tech laboratory. They have an important impact in their communities and are a valuable legacy for all Americans,” said GSA’s Public Buildings Commissioner F. Joseph Moravec.

The list of 16 honor award and citation winners includes the forensic science and fire research laboratories for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives in Beltsville, Md.; the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.; the U.S. Port of Entry in Del Rio, Texas, and a number of courthouses across the nation.

This presentation of the 2004 GSA Design Awards marks a special milestone as well: It is the 10th anniversary of GSA’s Design Excellence program.

The following is a complete list of 2004 GSA Design Award winners:

Honor Awards:

On the Boards

Federal Building

San Francisco, California



Robert F. Kennedy

Department of Justice Federal Building

Washington D.C.

Heeery/Tishman, A Joint Venture

Burt Hill Kosar Rittleman

Page Conservation Inc.

Gilbane Building Company

Construction Excellence

United States Courthouse

Seattle, Washington

J.A. Jones/Absher Construction Company, Joint Venture



United States Courthouse

Hammond, Indiana

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Architects LLP

Browning Day Mullins

Dierdorf Architects

Architecture/Interior Design

United States Courthouse

Seattle Washington


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