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Architect-Engineer Information Center

Contractor Resources

Temporary identification credentials

Contractors that require a temporary ID need to collect the appropriate documentation from the project COTR. Once the forms are signed, Contractors should make an appointment with the Office of Protection Services Personnel Security and ID Office (PSIO) located in the Capital Gallery Building, Washington, DC. Appointments can be made on-line The PSIO office operates by appointment only on Tuesdays through Thursdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and on a first-come, first-serve basis on Mondays and Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions about obtaining a temporary ID, please contact your Project COTR.

An overview of the contracting process for professional design services. This document facilitates the contracting process by establishing standard guidelines and formats for developing and presenting fee proposals. Technical discussions and subsequent negotiations are aided when the Architect-Engineer follows standard guidelines when preparing their fee proposals. Further, it will help the reader to: understand the basic Architect-Engineer contracting process, understand basic cost terms, differentiate between the classes of Architect-Engineer Services, prepare estimates of fees for Architect-Engineer Services, prepare Requests for Payment guidance and standardized formats for the development of fee proposals for design services.

Request for Payment

Please use this formatted Request for Payment as a cover sheet for your invoices.  
Further questions about this form should be directed to your COTR.

Smithsonian Facilities manages a collection of digital repositories related to facilities information, such as original building as-builts, completed design and construction project records, and facilities related studies and reports.

Digital Archives Contents:

  • Original as-built records and historic construction drawings
  • Landscape plans for SI Buildings
  • SI Design and Construction project records
  • SI Facilities studies and facilities master plans
  • Master Architectural records (existing architectural conditions for SI buildings)

To Set Up an Appointment:

To obtain access to the system, please contact us via e-mail to
Your message must include:

  • Your name
  • Your company’s name,
  • SI COTR name (typically a design manager)
  • The project number and name associated with you investigation(s)
  • The date and time you would like to come in
  • Please cc your COTR in all requests for access

If this is your first time accessing OPDC’s digital repositories, you will need to obtain a Smithsonian network account through your project COTR before you can use the system. This might take several days to complete – please plan ahead. Your project COTR will provide appropriate forms to complete this process.

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