Department of Energy (DOE) James Forrestal Building

Location: Washington, D.C.

Project type: security enhancement study

Client: General Services Administration and Department of Energy


  • security enhancements

MTFA Architecture is the lead member of the project team charged with producing a Security Enhancement Study for the DOE. This study's purpose is to assist the DOE in addressing concerns in regard to potential blast vulnerabilities of the James Forrestal Building and, specifically, to determine how the 10th Street underpass area of the James Forrestal Building can be made safer and more secure.

The campus, with Independence Avenue to the north, a railroad line to the south, 12th Street to the west and Ninth Street to the east, consists of four main structures: two office blocks, a cafeteria facility and a child care center building. These separate buildings are tied together by a series of bridges, pedestrian plazas and underground parking garages. The Security Enhancement Study analyzes the existing conditions of the Forrestal Building's 10th Street underpass area and proposes a series of upgrade options in order to mitigate a potential explosive attack, taking into account all of the relevant structural, architectural, urban planning and feasibility issues.