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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

p r o j e c t   Department

of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship &

The 56,700-sf Department of Homeland Security U.S.

Immigration Services, Irving

Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) building in

c l i e n t  JDL

Dallas replaces two separate USCIS offices. Completed

Castle Corporation

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in 2008 and designed by 4240 Architecture of Chicago,

Architecture

d e s i g n t e a m  Thomas Brauer, AIA; Robert Benson; Thomas Hanley;

the two-story building includes a waiting room, informa-

Keith Evans

tion counters, a processing office, and a ceremony room

c o n t r a c t o r  Panatonni

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on the first floor. An additional waiting room, adjudication

Construction

c o n s u l t a n t s  MESA (landscape); Campbell & Associates Consulting

offices, and a director’s office are located on the second

Engineers (structural); Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers (civil);

floor. The exterior walls are slightly tilted away from each

Purdy McGuire (MEP); Accessibility Resource Specialists (accessibil-

other in some areas to break up the mass of the simple

ity); Thornton Tomasetti (blast); Charter Sills (lighting); Command

box design. The ceremony room is dramatically lit with

Commissioning (commissioning)

natural light through glazing that also allows views of the

p h o t o g r a p h e r s  Perzel

surrounding garden. Energy-efficient features include

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architectural overhangs and sunshades, as well as a Headwaters Construction Materials;

pergola with sun-shading louvers around the ceremony

Champion Stone; unit masonry wall assemblies : Blackson Brick

room and lobby. Many materials, including brick, are

r e s o u r c e s masonry units : stone :

Co.; portland cement: Holcim; mortar color : Blackson Brick Co.; joists :

from local manufacturers. Daylighting is achieved by

CMC Joist & Deck; structural steel : Chaparral/Gerdau Steel, Nucor

large amounts of glass, a louver product to push light

Steel; plywood / particle board : Roseburg Forest Products (Haverda

further into the space, and interior glazed partitions.

Enterprises); adhesives : 3M; laminates : Nevamar; slides : Grass; hinges :

Reflective hardscape materials and a highly reflective

Blum; building insulation : Certainteed; membrane roofing : Firestone;

roofing membrane decrease the heat-island effect. The

fireproofing :

composite metal

design team chose indigenous plants that are highly

ELCO;

aluminum

drought tolerant, along with low-water use irrigation

YKK AP America; unit skylights :

equipment. In addition to water-saving landscaping,

Birdview Skylights; glass : PPG; overhead door : Overhead Door Corp.;

high-efficiency/low-flow plumbing fixtures and waterless

panels :

ISOLATEK;

seal ants :

Armetco Systems;

metal doors and frames :

storefronts and curtain wall system :

gypsum board framing :

Dow Corning;

Dietrich Metal Industries; acoustical ceilings :

Armstrong; athletic surfacing indoor : EcoSurfaces by Ecore; paints : PPG; carpet: Interface; rubber tile : Roppe (Resource Flooring Group); toilet accessories :

Bobrick; toilet partitions : Ampco; elevators : Thys-

urinals were specified. The building has achieved LEED Gold certification. N o e l l e

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First Floor Plan 1 Visitor Entrance 2 Security 3 Reception 4 Waiting Area 5 Employee Entrance 6 Breakroom 7 Office 8 Public Information Counter Area 9 Open Office 10 File Room 11 Storage 12 Loading Dock 13 Ceremony Room

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