US Department of Veterans Affairs

Tenant Improvement Project – 425 Eye Street NW

Location: Washington, DC
Client:  Paramount Group, Inc.
Architect:  SmithGroupJJR

Project Description:

The project consisted of the build-out of approximately 250,000 square feet leased by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  Requirements included a 2,000 square foot data center and associated telecommunications rooms and support spaces.  Areas requiring audiovisual technology included a variety of private offices (some with integrated conference rooms), conference rooms (8-, 16-, and 32-seat), training rooms, videoconferencing rooms, hearing rooms, and support areas.

All meeting and training rooms included videoconferencing and annotation capabilities for collaboration with remote participants.  Hearing rooms also include videoconferencing capabilities allowing proceedings with remote participants, with up to 10 hearings able to be recorded simultaneously.

A structured cabling system was designed to support data network and videoconferencing requirements.  The system also supports the tenant’s access control and video surveillance systems, and can support future migration to a Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone system.  A data center is included to support the tenant’s data and telephone electronics, and the IPTV head end.  The room features a hot aisle/cold aisle design with in-row cooling.


  • Strategic Planning
  • System Assessment & Planning
  • System Design and Documentation
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Architectural / Engineering Design Support


  • Structured Cabling
  • Audiovisual Systems
  • Data Center Design
  • Data Network Electronics
  • Telephone System
  • IPTV


  • Provides collaborative meeting spaces for staff and executives. All systems include videoconferencing capabilities for meetings with remote participants, and annotative capabilities for collaboration.
  • Provides large meeting and training spaces including a 4-section divisible conference room.
  • Systems accept both analog and digital AV signals to support a variety of sources.
  • Assistive listening systems allow participation by the hearing-impaired.
  • Provides facilities for remote hearings via videoconferencing.  Includes recording capabilities for 10 simultaneous events.
  • Cost effective distribution of television signals using the data network.
  • Sound masking outside hearing rooms to ensure speech privacy.