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Regional Office Building a rising star in GSA's portfolio

CMAA NorCal Project Achievement Award winner.
2014 Federal Green Building Challenge champion.
LEED® Platinum certified.

By Christi Chidester

50 UNP overhead at dusk

PHOTO CREDIT: Blake Marvin/HKS, Inc.

Last November, employees began moving into the Federal Office Building at 50 United Nations Plaza in San Francisco. Just six months later, the building is collecting accolades.

First, On April 3, came news that the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Northern California Chapter had selected the 50 UNP building modernization project for its 2014 Building / Renovation / Greater than $10 Million / Honorable Mention Project Achievement Award. CMAA Project Achievement Awards give recognition to projects that demonstrate exceptional achievement in the practice of construction management. The award will be formally presented to Jacobs, the project’s construction management firm, at the association’s Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, May 22 in Sacramento.

On April 8, voting closed on the final round of competition in the 2014 Federal Buildings Challenge. This online competition was sponsored by GSA's Central Office in Washington, D.C. via its public blog. Employees, contractors and the general public had been voting since March through rounds of competition to determine the favorite green building in GSA’s national portfolio. In the spirit of March Madness, the voting brackets were set up to eliminate half the entrants as each round concluded. A total of 16 buildings vied for the title when it began, but in the end, 50 UNP – the region’s only entrant – could not be stopped. Almost 10,000 votes were cast for the regional headquarters through the four rounds of competition.

The very next day, GSA received word that the building’s LEED certification had come in from the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC). 50 UNP is certified LEED Platinum, the highest rating on the USGBC’s scale.

How 50 UNP got that rating >

Looking ahead:
All winners from the Northern California Chapter Project Achievement Awards competition are encouraged to submit to the CMAA National Project Achievement Awards Program.

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