McCoy Federal Building by Schwartz/Silver Architects


McCoy Federal BuildingThe architects took the opportunity to redefine the relationship between the city and the federal government at this site. The re-envisioned plaza provides a landscaped oasis in the city for the employees and visitors who utilize the building.
McCoy Federal BuildingAnd by reaching out towards the corner of the site, the invitingly scaled security pavilion creates a welcoming entry point for the building. The mandate for the renovation of the McCoy Federal Building included improved accessibility, sustainability and space standards; new building systems; and a secure entry for the building’s twenty federal agencies.
McCoy Federal BuildingInspired by the Mississippi River’s changing meanders, the pavilion’s entry canopies curve out to welcome pedestrians. The ribbon-like façades of the pavilion are clad in white aluminum skin matching the color of the original tower.
McCoy Federal BuildingIn front of that metal surface, aluminum ribbons support fritted glass shingles that hover free of the façade. The glass shingles, floating in front of the building skin, are luminous, translucent and ephemeral. The modernization of the building reimagined the Brutalist-style office building and its surrounding landscape.
McCoy Federal BuildingIn addition to accessibility improvements and the complete renovation of building systems, the architect was able to work with the General Services Administration to achieve something more elusive for the building tenants and the City of Jackson.
McCoy Federal BuildingUsing approximately 15% of the overall budget, a new security pavilion and site landscaping transformed the building character in a more welcoming, secure and sustainable direction.
McCoy Federal BuildingEncouraging the development and revitalization of downtown Jackson, Mississippi, this project has seen several other ventures emerge – from the Farish Street Entertainment District to the Mississippi Blues Trail.
McCoy Federal BuildingLocation: Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Architects: Schwartz/Silver Architects
Associate Architect: Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons
Mechanical and Plumbing Engineering: Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons
Structural Engineer / Façade Consultant: Dewhurst Macfarlane
BIM Consultant: Ghafari
Vertical Transportation Consultant: Lerch Bates
Structural Engineer / BLAST: Weidlinger Associates
Civil Engineer: Crown Engineering
Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates
Lighting Design: Tillotson Design Associates
Geotechnical Engineer: TerraCon
Construction Manager: Faithful + Gould
Contractor: Skanska
Area: 428,000 sf
Cost: $60 million
Year: 2013
Client: General Services Administration
Photographs: Alan Karchmer
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