As the seat of the nation’s legislative branch, the U.S. Capitol is one of the most recognizable and visited historic buildings in the world. RTKL was commissioned to design a 580,000 SF multi-function facility, the largest single building effort constructed on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. While officially called the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, it encompasses not only visitor screening and orientation functions, but also several other components critical for the operations of the U.S. Capitol. With knowledge garnered from a dozen years of work with the Architect of the Capitol, RTKL designed a facility that enhances visitor reception experience and education, strengthens building security and the U.S. Capitol’s functionality while preserving an atmosphere of free public access for the more than three million visitors who tour the U.S. Capitol annually.
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center – Building Information
Project: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Location: Washington, DC
Services: Architecture, Structural Engineering, Telecommunications, MEP Engineering, interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Environmental Graphic Design, Audio-Visual, Security Design
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