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GSA Building Remodel Project Boosts Local, Small Business

Eighty-two-year-old federal building will achieve 20% energy reduction

DENVER – The U.S. General Services Administration is re-dedicating its US Custom House Federal Building at 721 19th Street on Wednesday, September 10 at 10 a.m. The building received a new mechanical and electrical systems to improve its energy efficiency along with the replacement of 750 windows which all lead to lower energy consumption and by 20% as well as increase tenant security. The project is on time and on budget.

The project budget was $43.5 million dollars and at its peak, it employed 80 full-time workers. The project was awarded to Matsuo Engineering, an 8(a) Small Business Enterprise, and Centerre Construction, a Small Business Enterprise, who entered into a joint venture in order to merge each firm’s core competencies and provide unmatched engineering, design and construction services. More than 38%, or $11.7 million dollars, of subcontract work was performed by small businesses, most of which were Colorado companies.

Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator Sue Damour said:
“GSA is proud to have had so many small businesses participate in this project. We know that small businesses play a vital role in creating jobs and growth in our economy. This project is one of many GSA projects across the country that has helped get our economy back on track.”

Key Facts:

$2.5 million dollars went to women-owned small businesses and more than $3.5 million went to minority owned businesses
Received a new mechanical and electrical systems that will improve energy efficiency by 20%
Incorporated new flush valves that meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design requirement of a 20% water reduction
Replaced 750 windows with new energy efficient ones
Received an internal historical renovation that included things like raising the height of the interior ceilings to their original elevation, restoring all the wood base, trim, and doors, and bringing back all the door and window transoms.

The US Custom House was built in 1931. In 1979, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Primarily used as office space, the building also has a child care center and provides space for U.S. Bankruptcy court proceedings. Tenants include: The Small Business Administration, the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, the Military Entrance Processing Station, Department of the Army, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, the Railroad Retirement Board, and the Department of Homeland Security.

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