Firm Spotlight - AECOM
AECOM is a full-service architecture/ engineering/ planning firm with 43,000 personnel located in more than 100 countries world-wide. AECOM Design, a business line of AECOM, is composed of architects and engineers who seek to enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural, and social environments for a range of market sectors, including Federal and Military, Offices and Interiors, Education, Museums, Healthcare, and Justice and Public Safety. Locally, AECOM Design consists of legacy firms including HSMM and DMJM H&N. Merging the assets, portfolio, and employee knowledge of both firms gives us an enhanced ability to provide such services as architecture, interiors, engineering, commissioning, site planning, and programming for Federal and military clients.
HSMM, as we’ve existed over the past 60 years, opened its Washington, DC office in 1957, after being chosen to select the site for the new Dulles International Airport. Since then, we have developed an impressive list of repeat clientele in the city, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Smithsonian Institution, Architect of the Capitol, and NAVFAC-Washington. From these and other clients, our firm has had the opportunity to work on monumental buildings such as several House Office buildings, the Pentagon, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, The National Museum of Natural History, and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Building.
Eisenhower Executive Office Building Modernization, Phases I, II, & III
The Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB), completed in 1888, needed a massive rehabilitation of its infrastructure and preservation of its delicate architectural features. The complete modernization is being performed in three phases and will provide secure, flexible office space featuring state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical, information-technology, A/V, and security systems, concealed within the building’s historic fabric. AECOM Design has completed work on Phase I and Phase II and recently was contracted to begin work on Phase III for this fast-track, design-build, rehabilitation effort.
Architect of the Capitol Complex Renovations Program
AECOM Design is helping the Architect of the Capitol renovate and repair several historic office buildings and infrastructure systems in the Capitol complex, consisting of the Capitol, the Senate and House office buildings, and the Library of Congress buildings. To date, our work includes upgrades to mechanical, electrical and communications systems in aging federal office buildings; interior design of administrative and meeting spaces; incorporation of sustainable designs into several projects; and redesigning spaces to bring them into compliance with current codes. One notable AECOM Design project is the renovation of offices for the House of Representatives’ Committee on Science and Technology. We designed the renovation to obtain LEED Certification; this project is the first project in which the Architect of the Capitol will apply for LEED Certification.
National Museum of Natural History, Mammals Exhibit Hall Renovation
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
AECOM Design led the historic restoration design efforts of the Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals housed in the National Museum of Natural History’s West Hall. The West Hall of the Museum, originally opened in 1910, was extremely rundown and in need of considerable structural renovation. Through comprehensive research of historical photographs and an extensive examination of the remaining structures, our design team designed and restored the 25,000-SF West Hall to its original grandeur. For this design, we have received five awards, including three from the American Institute of Architects and the 2005 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.
Greenside and Whiteside Hangars
Marine Corps Air Facility, Quantico, Virginia
The Department of the Navy awarded a $62 million design-build contract to AECOM Design to design two aircraft maintenance hangars, Greenside and Whiteside, at Marine Corps Base Quantico. The completed hangars support HMX-1, the sole helicopter transport squadron for the President of the United States. Although connected, the two superstructures are known separately as the 180,250-SF Whiteside Complex, which serves the Executive, and the 56,850-SF Greenside Complex, which supports the rest of the HMX-1 fleet. The Greenside and Whiteside Hangars are similarly designed aircraft hangars with adjoining maintenance buildings that house offices, storage areas, briefing rooms, maintenance shops, and flight crew support rooms. With over 1,000 personnel assigned, HMX-1 is the largest permanently formed aircraft squadron in the Marine Corps.
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