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1/1/08

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An Integrated Effort: Stephen Apking Discusses the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters

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Source: Metropolis

For decades Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has been at the forefront of innovative corporate interiors. So when the U.S. Census Bureau outgrew its 65-year-old building (it wanted to consolidate half of its 12,000 employees), it turned to SOM to provide a solution that would apply the latest corporate-workplace thinking to a government agency while producing one of the most sustainable offices in the country.
 
Typical of the firm’s approach, the architecture and interiors divisions worked together closely early on to develop a scheme that split the mass of the building into two 42-foot-wide wings, which ensured that every workstation received ample daylight. Metropolis editorial director Paul Makovsky recently spoke with SOM partner Stephen Apking about the $331 million LEED Silver project, lessons from the past, and the evolution of the green corporate interior.

 

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