Minton-Capehart Federal Building Modernization

re-establishing a civic presence

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Through modest intervention and artful detailing, our modernization of the Minton-Capehart Federal Building for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) affirms past traditions, embraces present conditions and looks forward to the future.

Reinterpreting existing design elements to preserve the original spirit, the new lobby is light, open and elegantly detailed to express material and craft of assembly while creating transparency from outside to inside thereby re-connecting the building occupants with the Veterans Memorial Plaza directly across the street.

The restoration and re-lighting of Milton Glazer’s iconic mural “Color Fuses” restores a critical experiential dimension to the building design, animating the arcade and creating an inviting entrance at human scale that is both monumental and comfortable.

Our design re-establishes a civic presence with security integrated into the design in a manner that is quiet and fitting for a Federal building. By positioning the building for another 50 years of service in its mission to serve the public, our modernization improves life-safety, air quality and comfort for occupants, and increases energy and water efficiency by replacing all systems to meet the GSA’s high performance green building criteria.


    Architecture, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical


  • Design Excellence Award, American Institute of Architects, Chicago, 2016
  • Design Excellence Award, American Institute of Architects, Indiana, 2013
  • Design Award, General Services Administration, 2014
  • Best of the Year Finalist, Interior Design Magazine, 2013