FBI Central Records Complex

Winchester, Virginia
General Services Administration
HGA Architects and Engineers
256,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
LEED Gold (targeted)
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Silver

Clark designed and constructed a new 256,000 square-foot facility that consolidates official FBI records from 265 locations worldwide to enable the storage, retrieval, and management of mission-critical assets.

The 256,000 square foot state-of-the-art records and technology center, the Central Records Complex (CRC), was designed to centralize physical files and streamline the storage, retrieval, and management of mission-critical assets. To accomplish this, the federal government sought to design and construct a new facility that utilized an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS).

The purpose of the facility is to process paper files and data-based information, beginning when it arrives at the facility through a massive loading dock. The files are then processed in a central processing area and stored in one of more than 361,000 custom-designed, custom-built stackable bins in the complex’s storage area –which, at more than 100,000 square feet, is the size of two football fields.

The CRC was intricately designed for the efficient movement of material with ample support space. The interior layout of the CRC utilizes double-T circulation –long corridors that come together in “T” intersections. One such corridor allows materials to move efficiently from the facility loading dock to the central tote processing area, and finally to the ASRS. These corridors were designed to maximize the efficiency of material movement and traffic flow of people to move everything through the building as quickly as possible.

The CRC interior unifies the facility’s industrial storage system and professional office environment. The design integrates the two portions of the building with a seamless transition, ensuring that the two areas do not feel like separate spaces.

As a secure facility, stretches of the building encompassing the storage areas were required to be windowless. To tackle this challenge, the design team created an ambitious and innovative façade concept, with an array of textures and colors within the precast architectural panel solution, while meeting stringent blast-resistant requirements. The façade includes three depths of concrete, three colors, and three finishes (as-cast, retarder, and acid wash) all found within the same mix. Ultimately, this façade enhanced the Class-A office building’s visual appeal while meeting security needs.

All aspects of the facility are capable of operating 24/7.

In addition to meeting National Archives and Records Administration standards, the project also meets the GSA’s rigorous Design Excellence Program requirements.

The project is designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification and Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Silver certification.

Clark Facility Solutions

Clark Facility Solutions, a division of Clark Construction Group, is providing operation and maintenance services for the Central Records Complex.

The facility maintenance includes all preventive and predictive maintenance for systems including:  

  • Mechanical systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Plumbing systems
  • Life safety systems
  • Building automated controls system
  • Network administrative duties for the Automatic Storage and Retrieval system (ASRS)
  • Robot management
  • Security barriers
  • Conveying systems
  • Low voltage systems
  • Emergency generator
  • Fuel oil system

CFS is also performing the following services:

  • Custodian
  • Pest control
  • Waste management
  • Landscaping
  • Snow removal
  • Chemical treatment
  • Warranty management
  • CMMS development
  • Energy management
2020 DBIA Mid-Atlantic Region Award - Excellence in Design
2020 DBIA National Award of Merit - Federal, State, County, Municipal
2020 ENR MidAtlantic Regional Best Project Award of Merit, Government Public Building