Awards adding up for Census data center

Awards adding up for Census data center

By Ellen M. Cosgrove

GCN Staff

DEC. 26'The Census Bureau's National Data Processing Center in Bowie, Md., is becoming as well known for its form as its content. The center's building is among the winners of the Presidential Awards for Design Excellence announced last week, the latest in a long line of awards for the building.

The awards honor extraordinary projects in several design areas, including architecture. The data processing center was recognized for the design of its computer and telecommunications center, described by the General Services Administration as a sleek and airy building that projects an image of openness and accessibility while providing a high level of safety and security. 'It is a small building with a subtle monumentality,' was one jury comment.

Designers of the building, Davis Brody Bond of New York and Tobey + Davis, now the Smith Group, of Washington, have won eight other awards for it, including the 1999 National Endowment for the Arts Federal Design Achievement Award.

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