The Jackson Federal Building modernization served to reduce the building’s energy consumption by 30 percent, increase the Energy Star score to 97 and achieve a LEED-EB Silver certification from the USGBC through multiple energy-related scopes. The 37-story, 865,000-square-foot, fully-occupied building was originally constructed in 1974. The first challenge was for the owner to determine how they could meet a very aggressive schedule while ensuring accountability and maintaining flexibility in approach to optimize solutions from the industry. After shortlisting to three firms, cost and schedule were fixed to enable the teams to focus on innovative solutions to energy savings. To ensure accountability, the GSA used a performance guarantee that included one year of monitoring the Energy Use Intensity (EUI) against goals established by the design-build teams, for which $1.8 million was held as retention.
Owner: U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Design-Builder, General Contractor, Superintendent, Estimator, BIM Specialist/Construction: Howard S. Wright
Construction Manager: URS Corporation
Architect: DLR Group
Engineer: Gerber Engineering
Other: Laurel Vanek Project Planning, Paladino, McKinstry, Prime Electric, Walters &Wolf, NCM Contracting