FBI Visitor Center

Location: Washington, D.C.

Project type: perimeter security and entrances

Client: General Services Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation


  • building entrances
  • lobby
  • conference rooms
  • security screening areas
  • credential offices

This project is a building infill design for a new main entrance to the FBI headquarters building. MTFA Architecture provided complete architectural and engineering services including programming, blast analysis, engineering and design.

Working closely with consultants, GSA, FBI security professionals and the Commission of Fine Arts, MTFA Architecture developed a secure yet welcoming design. Complimentary materials are used on the prominent Pennsylvania Avenue facade and by locating secure elements behind the perimeter. The use of transparent glass was maximized.

Included in the 9,500-square-foot space, centered in the existing courtyard breezeway, are various security screening areas, a large waiting lobby to serve business visitors, a conference room and fingerprinting and credentials departments. The project also includes new separate secure employee entrances.