WASHINGTON DC-Moshe Safdie & Associates has been picked to design a new headquarters for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. The 422,000-sf building will cost an estimated $79 million to construct. Ground-breaking is scheduled for fall 2001, and delivery is expected in summer 2004.

The site at 1st St. and New York Ave. NE is seen as a major boost to development in the neighborhood, which is attracting technology tenants and a new Metro station.

Security for the law enforcement agency is one of the prime considerations in the design, which will require extensive setbacks and other features, yet remain accessible.

The US General Services Administration picked the Somerville, MA firm from four finalists, including two New York firms and DC-based Shalom Baranes.

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