Issue Briefs

Following is a summary from GSA regarding how it plans to spend funds authorized by the recent economic stimulus bill, including measures to convert federal buildings into high-performance “green” buildings, renovate and construct federal buildings and courthouses, and renovate and construct land ports of entry.

GSA selected the best projects for accomplishing the goals of the Recovery Act based on two over-arching criteria: Ability of the project to put people back to work quickly, and transforming Federal buildings into high-performance green buildings.

The plan comprises four lists with hundreds of projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two United States territories, divided into the following categories:

New federal construction, including Land Ports of Entry


Full and partial building modernizations

Limited scope projects

Small projects

A nationally managed, regionally executed Program Management Office has been established to oversee all Recovery Act projects. The office will be staffed with experts in various fields to support the regional teams delivering the projects. Total Stimulus Funding  

Federal Buildings and U.S. Courthouses

PR, San Juan FBI Field Office Consolidation

MS, Jackson U.S. Courthouse (escalation)

TX, Austin U.S. Courthouse

TX, El  U.S. Courthouse (escalation)

AR, Little Rock U.S. Courthouse (escalation)

MT, Billings U.S. Courthouse

CA, Bakersfield U.S. Courthouse

DC, Washington DHS Consolidation and Development of St. Elizabeths Campus

DC, Washington St. Elizabeths West Campus Infrastructure

DC, Washington St. Elizabeths West Campus Site Acquisition

Border Stations and Land Port of Entry  

ME, Calais U.S. Land Port of Entry (escalation)  

ME, Madawaska U.S. Land Port of Entry  

ME, Van  U.S. Land Port of Entry  

NM, Columbus U.S. Land Port of Entry  

Nogales, West U.S. Land Port of Entry  

CA, Otay Mesa U.S. Land Port of Entry  

WA, Blaine Peace Arch U.S. Land Port of Entry (escalation)  

High Performance Green Building Program (Total) $4,274,297

High Performance Green Building Full and Partial Building Modernization Projects

Full and partial building modernizations are similar in description to previous modernization projects, except that a rigorous re-design of existing projects will ensure that even though designs might have been completed several years ago, the requirements of both 2007 and E.O. 13423 will both be achieved.

From a universe of over 200 projects that met the criteria of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, GSA selected the best projects based on two over-arching criteria: Ability of the project to put people back to work quickly, and transforming Federal buildings into high-performance green buildings. The complete list of selection criteria, in descending order of weight is:

High-performance features concentrating on energy conservation and renewable energy


Speed of construction start (creating jobs), with an emphasis on those projects that could

begin within 120 days.

Execution Risk (ensuring that the projects will not fail due to unforeseen conditions)

Facility Condition. The Facility Condition Index is a standard real estate industry index

that reflects the cost of the repair and alteration backlog of a particular building relative to

the building’s replacement value.

Improving Asset Utilization

Return on Investment

Avoiding Lease Costs

High Performance Green Building Modernizations Full & Partial Building



MA, Andover IRS Service Center  

ME, Bangor Margaret Chase Smith U.S. Post Office Courthouse  

NJ, Newark, Peter Rodino Federal Building  

NY, Brooklyn Emanuel Celler U.S. Courthouse (escalation)  

NY, New York 26 Federal Plaza (Plaza Repair)

NY, New York Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse (escalation)

PR, San Juan Degatau & Courthouse

VA, Roanoke, Poff Federal Building

WV, Huntington Federal Building 16,752

AL, Birmingham Robert Vance Federal Building-Courthouse

FL, Orlando, Young U.S. Courthouse

MS, Jackson McCoy Federal Building  

IL, Chicago Federal Center  

IL, Chicago Kluczynski Federal Building & U.S. Postal Service Loop Station  

IL, Chicago State Street South -10 West Jackson  

IN, Indianapolis Minton-Capehart Federal Building  

IN, Indianapolis, Birch Bayh U.S. Courthouse  

IN, Indianapolis Major General Emmett J. Bean (Phase I -PV and Design)  

MN, Fort Snelling Whipple Federal Building

OH, Cincinnati, John W. Peck Federal Building

OH, Cleveland, A. J. Celebrezze Federal Building

MI, Detroit McNamara Federal Building Complex

MO, Kansas City Richard Bolling Federal Building (Phase IV)  

MO, St Louis Robert Young Federal Building

TX, San Antonio Hippolito Garcia U.S. Courthouse

TX, Houston, G.T Leland Federal Building  

CO, Denver Byron Rogers Federal Building  

CO, Denver Chavez Federal Building

CO, Denver Custom House Federal Building-Courthouse

CO, Lakewood Denver Federal Center Infrastructure

CA, San Francisco 50 United Nations Plaza

HI, Hilo Federal Building (escalation)

HI, Honolulu Prince Kuhio Kanaianaole Federal Building-Courthouse (Phase I)

OR, Portland Edith Green-Wyndell Wyatt Federal Building

WA, Seattle Federal Center South

WA, Seattle Jackson Federal Building

WA, Spokane Foley U.S. Courthouse

DC, Washington 1800 F Street Building (Phase I) 161,293

DC, Washington Department of Interior Building (Phase IV)

DC, Washington Herbert Hoover Building (Phase II and Ill)

DC, Washington Lafayette (Phase I)

DC, Washington Mary Switzer (Phase II)

DC, Washington Truman Building

High-Performance Green Building Limited Scope Proiects

In all cases:


Every building that we touch on the identified list will have advanced meters for both electricity and water, and steam if appropriate; and from the small projects line item, all other buildings for which advanced meters are appropriate will be accomplished.

All seriously deteriorated roofs in the GSA inventory are replaced with the following:

Integrated photovoltaic roof membrane (if flat and in the appropriate geography)

Maximum reasonable insulation for the climatic zone (R-50 in most cold areas)

Green roofs, if integrated PV is not warranted

Cool roof membrane if neither PV integrated nor planted (green) roofs are warranted.

Selection criteria for limited scope projects:

Selection preference based on energy performance (beginning with the worst performing buildings) and informed by existing physical condition surveys:

First based on Energy Use Intensity

Refined based on input from regions on specific building conditions & operations

Preference for projects in (descending order of energy conservation return or performance improvement:

Building tune-up


HVAC Retrofit/replacement

EISA performance requirements fostered by allocations for:

Renewable energy generation by PV, wind

Water conservation projects

Standard cost estimating is used for all the projects. We expect project individual costs to adjust once building conditions are assessed and designs are adapted to the site.

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