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Project: Renovation of Federal Office Building 8

Project Details

  • Client: General Services Administration
    One Constitution Square
  • Project Size & Type: Gut Renovation & Restoration
  • Address: 1275 First Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20417
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Project Description

Size & Type of Project – Gut Renovation & Restoration – LEED Gold

Federal Office Building 8 occupies an entire block of downtown Washington. Constructed in the 1960’s, the concrete framed building originally housed Food & Drug Administration laboratories. Like much of DC architecture at the time, the building was monolithic and by the 1990’s was dated and worn out. This commission consisted of a complete gut and renovation of the building with the goal of transforming it into modern Class A office space for the government. The 547,000 SF building will be occupied by the Architect of the Capitol and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Director for Preparedness & Response.

In addition to a complete gut and renovation, the project features removal of large areas of the monolithic limestone façade and its replacement with large expanses of glass curtain wall and two new atriums. Green features include transforming surface parking into a landscaped plaza for the public, addition of natural lighting with large expanses of glass, installation of energy and water efficient fixtures, a roof made of recycled materials, a partial green roof to absorb rainfall, and installation of electric charging stations in the lower level of the garage.

MCE Scope of Services

Meyer Consulting Engineers Corporation was retained to provide full service on site construction materials inspection including off-site construction materials testing at our certified laboratory. Construction broke ground on June 15, 2010 with completion expected by June 2013. The construction bid was $73 Million.

Key MCE personnel include Sanjoy Bose, P.E. (Principal-in-Charge), Charles Fountain, (Director of Inspections) and Gus Alfaro (Lead Inspector).

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