BEP selects architectural firm for new facility at Maryland site

Multinational architecture, planning and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the choice to design, master plan and design the new Bureau of Engraving and Printing production facility in Beltsville, Maryland. The news was reported in The architect’s journal December 8.

The story says the Chicago-based company said it would join a joint venture with the Capital Currency team which also includes industrial engineer Ghafari Associates and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer Huitt-Zollars, and which is administered by the Baltimore District of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The company said: “The new building will consolidate many program functions, including administrative support and banknote manufacturing, onto one floor to enable a seamless and more cost-effective operation. It will be equipped with the next generation of secure banknote production technologies, and with up to one million square feet of space, it will be scalable to meet the changing needs of currency production over time. In addition, the facility will be designed in accordance with federal safety standards.

He also said the new facility was expected to be operational in 2025, four years earlier than other reports.

The Capital Currency team is listed as the recipient of two federal contracts, one worth $29.2 million and the other called a potential 10-year, $100 million contract for the new printing plant. BEP. The $100 million contract for multidisciplinary architectural engineering services was awarded in February 2020 from among seven bids solicited on the internet. The contract has an estimated completion date of February 5, 2030.

Despite its name, Capital Currency Team is a private, for-profit entity with offices at 2001 K St. NW, Ste. 200, in Washington, DC, the same address as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s office in Washington. It began operations in September 2019. Trade finance company Cortera says the company has one to five employees and has sales of less than $500,000. Its designated point of contact is Joseph P. Ruocco. Mr. Ruocco is also listed on the SOM website as an accomplished architect and responsible for leading the company’s civic and governmental practices, with clients including the General Services Administration, FBI, Department of US State and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

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Michael J. Chiaramonte