The Machado Silvetti project treats the Civic Building as the terminus of an important pedestrian axis that links the Civic Building and Veterans’ Plaza—via the town’s newly developed main shopping street, Ellsworth Drive—to the Metro transportation station (subway, bus and commuter rail). The entry to the Civic Building is directly aligned with the south sidewalk of Ellsworth Drive, with a pedestrian spur continuing the straight line of the sidewalk across the plaza to the building’s front door. The entry walkway continues northwards from there through the building, as the building’s main internal circulation route, ending at a secondary entry vestibule at the new roadway called Veterans’ Place. This second entry to the building was seen as being the less formal connection to the residential neighborhood to the north, allowing for everyday use for those wishing to access the building from the neighborhood, or gain easy access from curbside drop-off. In this way, the Civic Building occupies, and creates, a zone that moderates between the residential neighborhood to the north, and the commercial and retail downtown to the south.
Alongside the entry spine to the east lies the major composition of public spaces, arranged sequentially, so as to create a direct visual and civic relationship between the Great Hall, Prefunction Space, Portico and Plaza. These spaces are arranged along a common axis, and are directly related to one another through a similarity of width. Doors from the Great Hall lead directly into the double-height Pre-function Space, which is, in turn, directly accessible to, and visible from, the Plaza.