Photo: HKS

Photo: HKS


US Census Bureau – Headquarters

New 1.5 Million SF office campus is comprised of twin 8-story office buildings to consolidate 6,000 employees previously located at six locations around Washington, DC.  A  multi-phased design/build project, design entailed large open flexible work spaces in a “bull pen” configuration such that work spaces adjust from 4 individual work spaces to 10 during census period staff-ups.  Campus included office spaces, auditorium, fitness center, library, conference areas, broadcast studios, and two parking structures.

Acoustic challenges required strong sensitivity to budget and energy efficiency.  Finishes for work station modules accommodated distraction control.  HVAC system design required strong collaboration to enable floor HVAC units to meet LEED goals, accommodate limited space plan and headroom, achieve appropriate background noise levels and adhere to project budget .

US Census Bureau Headquarters

Suitland, MD

Project Type
New Construction

$288 Million


Square Footage
1.5 Million


Skidmore Owings and Merill, HKS Inc.

LEED Status

Large office campus provided amenities to keep employees energized, informed and engaged.  

Interior design featured flexibility for  increased work force during census periods.  Acoustic input centered on noise and distraction control and coordinating elements to for energy efficiency.