Federal Center South Building 1202

As a steward of natural environment, the Army Corps new Seattle headquarters reflects aggressive sustainability and energy-performance achievements. Taking cues from nature and the building site, the building form responds to the twists and turns of the adjacent Duwamish Waterway, while maximizing daylight and views. The interior workplace is focused on a central atrium commons that functions as a gathering space and as the central, shared heart of the building. A variety of open, closed and hybrid meeting spaces that surround the atrium foster a sense of community and a collective identity among the 700 employees who occupy the building, providing maximum flexibility as project teams grow and shrink. Lumber salvaged from a timber-framed warehouse provides structure and weathered character, while a three-story glazed wall features technical data on the area’s waterways. Designed with a raised floor under the workstations to support energy-efficiency and sustainable design strategies, custom carpet tile brings the abstract texture of pixelated camouflage relating back to the fabric of the Army Corps’ military fatigues. The new 1202 building was designed and engineered to reflect the Corps’ mission and focus of “Building Strong.”


Seattle, USA

Design Firm

ZGF Architects LLP


Public Sector
  • Government
  • Products Used



    2014 Design Award Category Winner