For more than 30 years, the United States Patent & Trademark Office had been issuing patents and trademarks at its facility in Crystal City, Virginia. As years went by, the USPTO leased extra office space as the need arose, resulting in a sprawling complex of 18 separate buildings. Consequently, the USPTO staff was unable to operate efficiently and the need for consolidation was clear. This consolidation of all entities has produced a 2.4 million square-foot 5-building office complex on 15 acres in Alexandria, Virginia, requiring a well-coordinated effort of a variety of disciplines. However, a state-of-the-art facility necessitated state-of-the-art design that would satisfy future flexibility needs as well as immediate requirements.