Federal Office Building (FOB) 10A, Orville Wright Building

Location: Washington, D.C.

Project type: office and space planning

Client: General Services Administration


  • offices
  • secure rooms
  • electrical upgrade
  • lighting upgrade
  • HVAC
  • energy conservation design

Federal Office Building 10A was designed in 1960 by Holabird and Root and serves as headquarters for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It was named the Orville Wright Building in 2004 to honor the historic aviator. The 92,000-square-foot renovation serves as a prototype for a building-wide renovation of the 10-story office facility.

The Orville Wright Building is prominently located on Independence Avenue, adjacent to the National Mall. It was designed in a simple modernist style with marble and glass cladding.

A combination of open workstation spaces and dedicated offices transforms the environment for 470 management and staff employees. Several secure rooms accommodate special computer groups. New electrical, lighting, life-safety and upgraded HVAC systems and controls provide for improved comfort and energy conservation. A reserved pallet of finishes compliments the FAA mission.