Federal Triangle Finale

by Victoria Arbitrio, P.E., (M.ASCE), Proj. Mgr.; Weiskopf & Pickworth, LLP, New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 5, Pg. 40-43

Document Type: Feature article


At 3.1 million sq ft, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is the second largest U.S. federal building ever constructed; only the Pentagon is larger. After more than 10 years of planning and construction, the $818 million building will officially open in May 1998. The new building will house the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Customs Service, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, as well as public spaces, a 500-seat auditorium, and conference and exhibit halls. The structure, built on the last remaining parcel of land known as the Federal Triangle in Washington, D.C., consists of 30 by 30-ft column grids for the office space above 30 by 60 ft column grids for the public spaces and parking garage.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Buildings | Space structures | Parking facilities | Grid systems | Government buildings | Wood and wood products

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