The brief demanded a renovation of the McCoy Federal building including improvements in accessibility, sustainability and space standards. It demanded new building systems and a secure entry. It also demanded a re-plan of the 15 storey tower, complete renewal of building systems, redesign of elevator lobbies and common spaces, upgrades to accessibility features, security upgrades, landscape and new security pavilion and lobby. After all these upgrades a Silver LEED Certification is expected.

Entrance Pavilion, McCoy Federal Building

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Schwartz-Silver Architects designed a striking contrast to the existing massive concrete storey. The meander-shaped design imposes itself through contrast with the existent.

Entrance Pavilion, McCoy Federal Building

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The entry canopies curve out to welcome visitors inspiration of which was sought from the meandering Mississippi River. The ribbon-like facades have white aluminium cladding matching the original colour of the building. The glass shingles, floating in front of the building skin, are luminous, translucent and ephemeral.

Arch2o-A. H. McCoy Federal Office-Schwartz-Silver Architects (2)

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Among the several awards won by the design one can mention, the,

Entrance Pavilion, McCoy Federal Building

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2010 GSA Honour Award in Urbanism I On the Boards
2011 BIMforum Delivery Process Innovation Award

Architects: Schwartz-Silver Architects

Location: Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Area: 428000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alan Karchmer

Associate Architect: Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons
Structural Engineer / Façade Consultant: Dewhurst Macfarlane
Structural Engineer / Blast: Weidlinger Associates
Civil Engineer: Crown Engineering
Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates

By  Hassan Mohammed Yakubu

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