CFA 19/JUN/03-13


Metropolian Police Department Multi-function Facility
2175 West Virginia Avenue, NE
United States

Metropolitan Police Department of D.C.
Metropolitan Police Department Multi-function Facility
New building
Review Type


Dear Chief Ramsey:

During its meeting of 19 June 2003, the Commission reviewed two projects for the Metropolitan Police Department. Both projects were designed by the firm of Sorg Architects and were approved as presented.

The first project was the classroom addition and renovation at the Metropolitan Police Department  Institute of Police Science located at 4665 Blue Plains Drive, SW. The Commission felt the character of the new building was appropriate to the rest of the campus.

The second project was the new Multifunction Facility to be located at 2175 West Virginia Avenue, NE. The bold use of color, textures and materials was enthusiastically received. The variations of depth between the metal panels is essential to the success of the design. It should be no less than the proposed 8-inch set-back, but increasing the depth even further may improve the effect. A site visit to view the material samples may be in order.

The Metropolitan Police Department and its architect should be commended for a well-conceived approach to their new construction projects.


David M. Childs, FAlA

Charles H. Ramsey
Chief of Police
Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters
300 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

cc. Suntan Sorg, Sorg Architects
John C. Stokes, P.E., CB Richard Ellis, Inc.
Kenneth Garrett, Project Manager, CB Richard Ellis, Inc.