ENERGY FACT: IT TAKES 34 POWER PLANTS, EACH WITH A CAPACITY OF 500
MW, TO POWER ALL OF THE U.S. DATA CENTERS CURRENTLY IN OPERATION,
ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL.
GSA efforts continue to sharply
reduce the impact of federal
buildings on the environment by
embracing sustainability standards. After
an extensive retrofit, the Jackson Federal
Building has dropped energy intensity
usage by 40%.
Located in downtown Seattle and
constructed in the 1970s, this property is
the largest federal office building in GSA’s
Northwest/Arctic Region. It underwent a
$42 million renovation that took over two
HVAC, envelope, and lighting were key
areas for improvement:
n To tighten the envelope, 3,500 win-
dows were upgraded. The project
team cut costs by contracting with the
original company, which still had the
dies for the unusually sized and shaped
n All lighting and associated control
systems were replaced.
➙n GSA used a design-build contract with a measurement and verification compo-
nent to ensure the contractual energy
goals were reached.
n The project was completed while the
facility was fully operational and oc-
cupied without disruption to tenant
agencies and their mission. This was
accomplished by an intense phasing and
n Traditional electric sliding doors in
the lobby were replaced with revolv-
ing doors to better conserve heated or
n The building earned LEED: EBOM
Gold certification in May 2014.
The project is already saving nearly
$400,000 annually in operation costs and
driving down greenhouse gas emissions.
Comparing 2013 to 2010, the building is
showing a 30% savings in annual electric
use and a 63% savings in steam energy use.
The overall energy use intensity has
Federal Building Cuts EUI by 40%
from the start
of the rehabilitation to the
end of 2013. In
by over 40% last
year and is on
target to realize
another reduction of 40% by
The Jackson Federal
honored at the
2014 Design-Build Industry
Conference and Expo, which highlights
integrated project management.
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