U.S. General Services Administration


Eisenhower Executive Office Building

Washington, DC

692,000 GSF, 64300 M2

Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Historic Preservation

Sustainable Programs
LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (NC) (LEED-NC)-Certified

“SmithGroupJJR brought a cooperative multi-disciplinary approach to integrating state-of-the-art security and utility technology systems into a historic landmark.”

—Tyrone Anderson, Project Director, National Capitol Region


A national historic landmark in the Second Empire architectural style, the Eisenhower Executive Building sits immediately adjacent to the White House, accommodating 1,500 federal employees—not to mention the ceremonial office for the Vice President. The General Services Administration considers the facility a premier historic property, and placed the responsibility for preserving, restoring and updating it into the hands of SmithGroupJJR. The goal: create a state-of-the-art workplace.

Integration of the latest anti-terrorism and force-protection measures, including blast- and ballistic-resistant windows, doors, and debris barriers, was a crucial element of the update. The design team brought to bear the firm's considerable experience in both historic preservation and federal security standards, as well as sustainable design. Weaving in an efficient central HVAC system, a completely new electrical power system, and updated telecommunications and data systems seamlessly into the historic fabric of the building, the team also satisfied the GSA directive to meet LEED for New Construction certification guidelines.