Altmeyer modernization wins AIA Virginia and American Architecture awards

Exterior of the SSA Altmeyer Building.
Exterior of the SSA Altmeyer Building.

The Social Security Administration Arthur J. Altmeyer Building modernization project was recently recognized by both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Virginia and the American Architecture Awards.

GSA collaborated with SSA on a full building modernization of the Altmeyer Building, which serves as SSA’s main facility on their headquarters campus in Woodlawn, Maryland. GSA renovated all exterior cladding and interior finishes, modernized the auditorium, and installed new elevators and building systems, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire alarms.

The AIA Virginia 2022 Design Awards awarded Altmeyer an Award of Honor. This awards program celebrates projects that contribute to the built environment and are clear examples of thoughtful, engaging design.

The modernization project was one of 16 winners from a field of 155 entries. The jury noted, “A remarkable transformation of an unremarkable government building into a 21st-century workplace. The curtain wall system is well considered, beautifully detailed, and reductive — creating wonderful daylit spaces out of what was previously a warren of dark anonymous hallways.”

The Altmeyer project also received a 2022 American Architecture Award in the Government/Civic Buildings category. The American Architecture Awards honor the best, new significant buildings … designed and/or built in the U.S. and abroad.

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Last Reviewed: 2023-01-12