GSA, Department of Energy, Forrestal Building
A/E Services + CM Services
Setty provided Design and Construction Management services for the upgrade and replacement of the fire and life safety systems, and complete integrated ceiling system, including all lights and diffusers, for this 1,600,000 sf federal building.
The project was divided into more than 26 phases, with work in occupied areas performed at night, to allow all tenant operations to remain fully functional. The resulting design and implementation of new systems provided higher-efficiency operating equipment and fully accessible ceiling, with lower energy consumption.
Two types of life safety improvements were addressed. The first, provided complete automatic sprinkler systems. The second, involved replacing the fire alarm system, and identifying the areas that required fire protection in order to meet current life safety criteria for sprinklers and fire alarm annunciation/voice evacuation.
Upon our recommendation, the entire air distribution system was analyzed and the HVAC load calculations performed to accurately reflect the present day building conditions. The new load calculations proved air quantities that differ from the those provided under the original design, identifying inadequacies in the current air distribution system.
Solar support and sustainable design were utilized to demonstrate the impact on energy savings by initiating photovoltaics with necessary structural support system. We also evaluated the feasibility of a green roof. Important features included energy-efficient HVAC & Lighting Design, LED Lighting, and conversion of lighting from T-12 to T-8.
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT SERVICES:
In order to ensure continuity of operations, construction was planned over three years, and included constructing a 30,000 sf swing space facility.
Management of submittals and schedule.
Record keeping and documentation.
Requests for Information.
Modifications of Contract.
Budget Cost Accounting.
Periodic Reports: Testing & Evaluation
Scheduled construction progress meetings.
The end result is a safer, more reliable, energy-efficient, installation of critical building components that is among the few federal buildings in D.C. that has earned an Energy Star rating.