Lafayette Building (Export-Import Bank Building)
811 Vermont Avenue, NW
Dear Mr. McGill:
In its meeting of 18 January, the Commission reviewed the final submission for the Lafayette Building at 811 Vermont Avenue, NW. The Commission approved the comprehensive alterations for the building's modernization and repair, including the window refurbishment and rooftop screening, but did not approve the design of the perimeter security barriers.
Regarding the perimeter security design, the Commission expressed concern with the profusion of sidewalk furnishings, the multitude of their configurations and alignments, as well as the size and shape of the proposed bollards. They requested that the design team continue to study this proposal to make the perimeter security less obtrusive, such as by using smaller bollards to minimize the visual and physical impact of the security barriers on the surrounding streetscapes.
The Commission requested that you consult with the staff as you revise the design for perimeter security before submitting the final design for review.
/s/Thomas Luebke, AIA Secretary
Special Assistant for Regional Coordination
Public Buildings Service, NCR, Portfolio Management Division
U.S. General Services Administration
7th and D Streets, SW, Room 7600
Washington, DC 20407-0001
cc: Robert V. Perry, DMJM Design Jeff Lee, Lee and Associates, Inc.