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Jackson Federal Building Makeover Saves Taxpayers Nearly $400,000 Annually

July 9, 2014

Release Date: July 9, 2014

Energy efficient upgrades reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 40%

Seattle, Washington - The U.S. General Services Administration’s recently completed renovation of the Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle is already saving taxpayers nearly $400,000 annually in operation costs and driving down greenhouse gas emissions highlighting GSA’s ongoing commitment to superior environmental performance and maintaining federal buildings that reduce operating costs and save taxpayer dollars.

The 1970’s flagship Seattle building, the largest federal office building in GSA’s Northwest/Arctic Region, was outfitted with new electrical switchgear; heating/air conditioning and ventilation systems; lighting and associated controls. The facility also underwent window and wall renovation. The $42 million project, completed by contractor Howard S. Wright, was started in March 2010 and completed in August 2012.

Comparing Fiscal Year 2013 to Fiscal Year 2010, the property is showing a 30 percent savings in annual electric use and a 63 percent savings in steam energy use, saving approximately $400,000 over the Fiscal Year 2010 energy costs even with rising fuel rates. Overall the Energy Use Intensity has dropped 40 percent from the start of the construction to the end FY 2013. In addition, the project reduced the greenhouse gas emissions by over 40 percent in Fiscal Year 2013 over amounts in Fiscal Year 2010 and is on target to realize a reduction of 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions on average by Fiscal Year 2015.

Project Facts

  • GSA cost-effectively replaced 3500 windows by using the original company who still had the dies for the unusually sized and shaped windows
  • GSA replaced all lighting and lighting control systems
  • GSA used a Design Build contract with a measurement and verification component to ensure the contractual energy goals were reached
  • The entire project was completed while the facility was fully occupied and operational without disruption to tenant agencies and their mission. This was accomplished by an intense phasing and coordination effort
  • The building earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Existing Building Operations and Maintenance Gold certification in May 2014

GSA Regional Administrator George Northcroft said: “GSA’s efforts to increase the environmental performance and reduce the operating costs of our federally owned buildings is a central part of our mission. The ‘under the hood” renovations made in this iconic building in downtown Seattle will benefit the taxpayer with lower operation costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions for years to come.”

Jackson Federal Building photos

Last Reviewed: 2017-08-13