Ford House Perimeter Security

Washington, DC

Washington’s first general federal office building, the Ford House, was constructed in the heart of the nation’s capital in 1939 and in need of security updates.

Today, this building houses United States House of Representatives committee staff, the Congressional Budget office and the Architect of the Capitol, among other agencies. As part of the facility upgrades, the AOC required the building’s perimeter security be strengthened as a safeguard from vehicular intrusion.

Conti delivered this design-build contract to construct a perimeter security system around the entirety of the Ford House. The team installed 189 (685 LF) K-12 rated bollards (the highest-rated security bollards on the market) around the building perimeter at the curb line. The team also installed two pop-up barriers, one for entry and one for exit, at the entrance to a child care center and a police guard shack.

Site logistics and the high-profile nature of the office building itself posed challenges for the Conti team. Client specifications required we only utilize up to four parking spaces at a time in the building’s lot, which provided a very small work area. Conti mitigated these challenges by quick redesign and coordination with subcontractors and the client. Additionally, the team moved the sidewalk curb line to accommodate the bollard grade beam.

Conti’s efforts resulted in the full installation of bollards and pop-up barriers for the Ford House Office Building, strengthening perimeter security. The project was delivered safely, on time and on budget.

Conti completed security upgrades while maintaining access to the building at all times and minimizing inconvenience for government staff.

Project details

Client Architect of the Capitol
Value $3.4M
Status Completed
Key features

  • Placed government-supplied K-rated bollards
  • Installed pop-up barriers
  • Installed prefabricated police building
  • Maintained traffic and street lighting during construction
  • Moved curb line and realigned street curb line

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