Let the Numbers do the Talking

Interior Design
November 1, 2006

After 65 years in the same two brick buildings, five miles apart from each other, as well as a couple of satellite offices, the U.S. Census Bureau was due for its own population shift—it was time to consolidate 6,000 of the bureau’s employees. Under the auspices of the General Services Administration’s rigorous peer-reviewed design-excellence program, the job of constructing and furnishing 2.5 million square feet of office space in Suitland, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., fell to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill design partner Gary Haney and interiors partner Stephen Apking, a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame. But what fun would a government project be without constraints?