SOM mourns the loss of Managing Director Rod Garrett, who died unexpectedly on June 27. Garrett was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm's office in Washington, D.C. His varied and distinguished design work was concentrated in civic and government buildings, primarily for the federal government.
SOM is the recipient of the first ever Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business Lifetime Achievement Award. The firm was honored at the American Architectural Foundation’s 2012 Accent on Architecture Gala, held on March 9 in Washington, D.C.
When the U.S. Census Bureau outgrew its 65-year-old building, 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.
With the U.S. Census Bureau having outgrown its aging 1942-vintage home in Suitland, Maryland, the General Services Administration commissioned SOM to design a new, 2.5-million-square-foot headquarters on an adjacent, 80-acre wooded site.
SOM created a 2.5-million-square-foot headquarters that is handsome, inviting, secure, and full of amenities that simplify everyday life for employees.