Rohde & Schwarz – North American Headquarters

Rohde & Schwarz – North American Headquarters

Delivering a High-Performance Facility for a High-Tech Company

An advanced tech company deserves an advanced space that performs. As a Munich-based international leader in the manufacturing and testing of sensitive electronic equipment, Rohde & Schwarz was building its new North American headquarters in Columbia. This location strategically moved the company closer to some of its largest US clients: the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

The new Maryland headquarters also meant that Rohde & Schwarz was our new neighbor — and we were eager to do the interior build-out of this highly secure space. That said, a building requiring as many high-tech and sensitive features as this one doesn’t come without its challenges. To add to this complexity, our work had to be complete within a nearly-impossible six-month timeframe.

  • Project type
    Mission Critical
  • Architect
    RTKL Architects
  • client
    Rohde & Schwarz

There are very few facilities that feature a one-degree room. We maintained such strict air quality and temperature because of who we are and how we think.

Dave McIntire, Senior Superintendent, DAVIS

Precision Through Exacting Standards

To ensure optimal — and consistent — conditions for the company’s testing lab, we built a room where air temperature would not fluctuate by more than one degree. Whether testing radar equipment for the military, or aerospace equipment for fighter jets, the environment had to maintain strict air temperature and pressure levels.

To achieve this, we sealed the room off with plastic to block any outside dust or air from entering the space or compromising the equipment. As part of our 24/7 quality management and operational sequencing, we outfitted the doors and frames with weather-proofing packages to further stabilize the sterile environment throughout construction and eliminate even the most microscopic gaps.

Powered for the Future

To feed all of the lab’s complex equipment, we installed raised floors on a grid panel to allow for flexibility and easy access to the extensive underfloor wiring and power supply. As with all mission-critical projects, extensive and high-performance mechanical and electrical systems are essential. We coordinated and installed all MEP systems — including a new chiller, an energy recovery unit, an uninterruptible power supply and a back-up generator. Working under the compressed schedule, meticulous sequencing and purchasing was key.

Today, Rohde & Schwarz North American employees have a high-design, pioneering industrial headquarters that performs to the highest standards of German engineering and reflects the company’s global style. Because of the intricate details, complex installations, and sensitivity of the equipment, this project is one that we’re particularly proud of.

Photos by Paul Warchol