American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided GSA with $5.55 billion to reinvest in communities across the country. GSA used this funding to construct buildings, courthouses, and land ports of entry across the country, while also converting federal facilities into high-performance green buildings. Although there have been large-scale public building programs in the past, the Recovery Act is the largest program since the 1960s.

The investments GSA made, and will continue to make in its public buildings, help stimulate job growth and retention in communities throughout the country. They also help reduce energy consumption, improve environmental performance, reduce the backlog of repairs and alterations, and increase the value of our real estate assets.

GSA has leveraged its Recovery Act investments to turn its inventory of buildings into a proving ground for sustainable building technologies, materials, and operating strategies. By adopting new ideas and products, then evaluating and publicizing its results, GSA is working to become one of the commercial real estate industry’s “go to” sources for data on the environmental and economic payback of new systems and procedures.

Edith Green Wendell-Wyatt

  • Estimated Total Project Cost $147.1M
  • Estimated Construction Cost $124.6M
  • Modernization of 1974 office tower into a high-performing green building, which achieves 55 percent energy savings from original operations and reduces consumption of potable water to 60 percent below Oregon code
  • Replacement of curtain wall and conversion to radiant heating and cooling reclaimed 33,000 square feet of rentable area
  • Combined photovoltaic-solar thermal rooftop canopy produces 200,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, and fulfills 30 percent of building's hot water demand
  • Integrated design-build team of Cutler Anderson, SERA Architects, and Howard S. Wright substantially completed work 49 months after design start, with a budget largely set in 2005
  • LEED Platinum as of December 2013

San Diego Courthouse Annex

  • Estimated Total Project Cost $380.1M, Project was delivered under budget and 3 months ahead of schedule
  • 16-story annex to Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse increases usable square footage by 50 percent
  • Space between old and new courthouses reconceived as a public plaza that serves both the federal campus and burgeoning residential population in downtown San Diego; the project pedestrianized E Street and the ramp linking plaza grade to annex entrance is an important new public artwork by Robert Irwin
  • Almost universal daylight penetration and partial natural ventilation, among other sustainability strategies, contributed to LEED-Gold certification
  • The courthouse was designed by Richard Meier and Partners and constructed by Hensel Phelps Construction Company.

US Coast Guard St. Elizabeths

  • First major new construction project at a national historic landmark - St. Elizabeths campus
  • Part of a multi-phased project to consolidate Department of Homeland Security into a single campus
  • Concept design by Perkins+Will, WDG is the Architect of record, interiors were designed by HOK, and the CUP and garage were designed by McKissack + McKissack, the new construction was sensitively integrated into the hillside to preserve local topography and protect Anacostia River watershed.
  • Coast Guard headquarters occupied in 2013 and received LEED Gold with projected energy reduction of 24%
Last Reviewed 2016-07-13