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Modernized Chavez Building Taking Shape Through Innovative Approaches

GSA# 10806

July 14, 2011
Sally Mayberry 303-236-2583
sally.mayberry@gsa.gov

DENVER –  The transformation of the César E. Chávez Memorial Building into an innovative, state-of-the-art, high-performing green building is well underway. Today, project team officials toured the site with project architects, tenants, and construction personnel, getting an up-close look at the project's unique and innovative approach for replacing the building's exterior skin.  

"At GSA, we're constantly looking for ways to streamline processes and reduce the cost of construction projects to benefit both our federal agency customers and the American taxpayer," said GSA Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator Susan Damour. "The team's unique approach for replacing this building's exterior skin enables the nine agencies and nearly 350 building tenants to remain operational during this extensive modernization. That's 'money in the bank' when you consider that most projects of this magnitude require tenants to move into temporary space during construction."

“This effort is being accomplished with the construction of a temporary barrier wall system inside the tenant spaces that allows for the construction team to remove the existing façade from the exterior,” said Dan Seib, Construction Manager for GE Johnson Construction.

Mark Sheldon, project manager for Tryba Architects, said that this process will permit all four façades to be completed in seven months.

When complete in late 2012, the modernized building is expected to cut its building energy use by 30 percent and produce five percent of its energy through on-site renewable energy technologies. Phase I of the project is 50 percent complete and includes replacement of the adjacent parking garage. The garage will feature one of the project’s sustainable features, a solar sculpture, capable of producing 115 kW of renewable energy, offsetting both the building’s energy consumption by five percent and reducing domestic hot water grid energy by 30 percent. Replacing the building's exterior skin marks Phase II of the project.  Approximately 50 percent of the building’s temporary barrier walls have been installed, allowing the exterior skin demolition of the north side of the building.

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