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Depression Era Federal Building Honored For Its Spectacular, Green Renovation

Architecture firm Lord, Aeck, and Sargent was recently honored with a Chairman’s Award from the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation for their involvement rehabilitating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building in SoDo. It’s probably safe to say that the massive marble structure looks even better than it did on opening day in 1933. At the very least it’s a heck of a lot greener, owing to its achievement of LEED Gold certification. The six year project involved the removal and re-installation of 6,638 one ton stone blocks, plus the complete restoration of almost 500 windows. While they were at it, Lord, Aeck and Sargent made the interior more functional for the General Services Administration, which will house its regional headquarters in the building. Who says the bureaucracy can’t be beautiful?

· Featured Projects: Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building [Lord, Aeck, and Sargent]
· Chairman's Award Narration [Advisory Council on Historic Preservation]
· GSA’s New Regional Home in Atlanta Honors Past, Looks to Future [GSA]