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$395 Million in Stimulus Spending to Downtown Construction Projects

Downtown Washington D.C. is awash with future construction projects thanks to $395 million in stimulus spending. The General Services Administration (GSA) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) are planning on spending quite a bit of cash on green building modernization throughout the area, the Downtown Business Improvement District reports.

The GSA received $5.6 billion to "help create jobs and restore economic growth across the country." Of that, $1.2 billion is staying right here in Washington, and much of it will flow to our soon-to-be-more-energy-efficient "high-rises." More info:

"Two of the six DC buildings identified for major green building modernization are the:

  • Lafayette Building (Phase I), located at 811 Vermont Avenue, which will receive $128.8 million.
  • The Herbert C. Hoover Building (Phases II and III), 1401 Constitution Avenue, which is slated to receive $225.6 million. The Hoover building is also known as the US Department of Commerce building.

Nine of the 16 DC buildings chosen for limited green building improvements in the Downtown BID area are:

  • Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue ($16.2 million)
  • US Tax Court, 400 2nd Street ($8.1 million)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) East, 1201 Constitution Avenue, and EPA West and Connecting Wing, 1301 Constitution Avenue ($4.6 million)
  • Elijah Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, 3rd Street and Constitution Avenue ($3.7 million)
  • 601 4th Street ($2.2 million)
  • US Secret Service Headquarters, 950 H Street ($1.6 million)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Headquarters Building, 1111 Constitution Avenue ($1.5 million)
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs Building, 810 Vermont Avenue ($1.5 million)
  • Ariel Rios Federal Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue ($1.3 million)"

Comments

  1. #1

    I keep hearing about the projects to make the buildings more green, but what exactly are they doing. It seems like an awful lot of money is being thrown at these projects and I don't see how it could justify the spending. The stimulus is supposed to create jobs, but making a building "green" only creates temporary construction jobs and not long lasting ones.

  2. #2

    Considering the amount of work that Commerce needs, that could either create a huuuuuuge number of jobs or fairly long-lasting jobs. If all these buildings are in the same state, then this is going to be a huge boon for the area.

  3. #3

    Hoover needs quite a bit of work and it's a total of 14 years of construction with multiple phases.

    Green Building undertakes alot of challenges and upgrades to save on energy spending. For example things like grey water tanks are installed to recycle rainwater from roof drains to use as flushing water for toilets, Windows are better quality to stop the heat and cold loss which lower the heating/cooling requirements. Toilets are operated by automatic flushing systems with low amounts of water needed, roof's are vegetative which cuts again on heat/cooling loss, low VOC emission materials are used, etc...

    At the end of the day, a substantial energy savings is seen and the money spent on the upgrade will pay for itself in upcoming years.

    It's a no brainer in my opinion.

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