U.S. Bureau of the Public Debt

2006 | Parkersburg, WV

  • U.S. Bureau of the Public Debt Entrance at dusk
  • U.S. Bureau of the Public Debt Exterior view
  • U.S. Bureau of the Public Debt Reception area
  • U.S. Bureau of the Public Debt Facade detail

STUDIOS Architecture was selected under the GSA Design Excellence program to design a new Federal Office Building in Parkersburg, WV for the Bureau of Public Debt, a division of the US Treasury Department. The facility will be built in two phases, with a total of 180,000 sf. In conjunction with the project, STUDIOS also provided a plan for the adjacent municipal parking lot.

The building architecture seeks an appropriate balance between historic Parkersburg and the professional dynamism of the Bureau of the Public Debt. To the historical core, the building presents an orthogonal plaza and facades, with brick cladding toward Third Street. At the point of entry, the building curves toward the diagonal axis of contour and rivers, producing a dynamic massing. This diagonal axis reasserts itself in the articulated circulation spine between Phases one and two and also in the organization of the parking.

The facades of the building are clad in brick and metal panels with aluminum window framing and low-e, safety laminated, insulated glass. The entire perimeter is ringed with windows that shower the interior with light and capitalize on the views. The window wall maintains a consistent sill and head height throughout, utilizing a regular 5′ module for flexibility in partitioning.

The building features current GSA Mandated technology and a LEED Certified rating for sustainable buildings.