The design of Station Place was designed to fulfill several demanding criteria. The client desired a building which would express the dignity of an important governmental agency while also respecting the scale of its neighbors, Union Station, the Judiciary Building, and the residential units fronting 2nd street opposite the site. The city of Washington was seeking a building which would relate to the emerging restoration of H Street as a vibrant city street and be in harmony with 2nd Street in an integrated and comprehensive manner. The tenant, the SEC, was asking for ultra modern, flexible office space with government-required security and anti-terrorist measures, meeting SEC guidelines. Additionally the complex design and operation was to be energy efficient and in one building, LEED certification was required. The grand scale entrance and atrium lobby of the Securities and Exchange Commission Headquarters were designed as a befitting neighbor to the modern entrance lobby of the adjacent Judiciary Building and to the historic monumentality of Union Station. The large, concave glass atrium wall of the SEC entry pays homage to the entry atrium of the Judiciary Building and the curves of Columbus Circle. To soften the impact of such a large building on the adjacent residential neighborhood, the three construction phases were designed with three distinct facades. Deeply recessed landscaped plazas, with places to sit and stroll, were developed as design elements to reinforce this effort of softening and minimizing the visual scale of the project. In addition, the implementation of trellis-topped arcades covered with climbing vines complements these plazas and introduces a human-scale aura to this environment. Sustainability measures include minimizing the development footprint by containing 100% of parking underground, daylighting 90% of the interior spaces, and reducing water consumption through the use of extensive low flow fixtures. Reflective and highly emissive materials such as limestone pavers were specified on the roof to mitigate heat island effect. Located less than 1/4 mile from the Metro Line, Station Place takes advantage of public transportation. The complex features a landscaped courtyard furnished with benches and a trellised arcade to encourage pedestrian activity. Station Place was completed within the client's budget and schedule. It follows the criteria of the GSA First Impressions Program and is very much appreciated for its design and performance by Louis Dreyfus Properties Group, its developer and client.