FDA Entrance Vestibule & Accessible Walkway


FDA White Oak Campus, Silver Spring, MD


U.S. General Services Administration


Architecture Structural Engineering


Federal, Health

Project Overview:

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, MD was looking for a new entry vestibule on the south face of the Building 66 atrium. Providing complete design services, we created an accessible walkway from the campus East Entrance to the new vestibule entrance at Building 66.  The scope included an accessible ramp to overcome the nearly eight-foot elevation change at the site.

Design scope involved modifying the existing steps, partial demolition of the existing retaining wall, a new recessed foot grill, a sliding door vestibule for increased energy savings and weather protection, and patching to the existing terrazzo. New electrical, lighting, and security modifications run from existing panels and complete the design. A primary focus was matching the existing adjacent materials, to blend new and existing construction.

Project Fact:

Insertion of the vestibule required blending the vocabulary and materiality of the proposed project scope with the existing building fabric, so as to have it look like it was created with the original building.

Project Tags:

Feasibility Study, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Laboratory, Research Facility, Atrium Design