Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Headquarters
New York and Florida Avenues, NE
Dear Mr. McGill:
During its meeting of 21 November, the Commission reviewed and approved the revisions to the design for the new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Headquarters building to be located at the intersection of New York and Florida avenues, NE. The new building will be an elegant gateway to the city at this heavily-trafficked entry point.
The revisions, which retain the general character of the approved concept design, are for the most part an improvement over the previous scheme. Additional retail space at one corner will benefit the area as it welcomes development and change. The relocation of the boundary fence at the opposite corner creates a welcoming landscaped respite for the pedestrian without reducing security measures. One feature we are sad to see eliminated is the "green" roof, although we understand the difficulties of upkeep and maintenance.
We look forward to the review of material samples at your earliest convenience.
Harry G. Robinson III, FAIA
Special Assistant for Regional Coordination
US General Services Administration
301 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20407-0001
cc: Moshe Safdie