GSA is working to modernize federal buildings across the country to better serve the American people and save taxpayer dollars. The $153 million dollar Byron G. Rogers FOB & Courthouse modernization project is the premier project for the GSA Rocky Mountain Region under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Construction work started March 2010 and will be complete in November 2014. GSA expects to save about 55 percent in overall building energy costs which translates to about $765,000 taxpayer dollar savings per year.
This project re-invigorates the edge of the Central Business District adjacent to Arapahoe Square, a prime downtown redevelopment opportunity, providing enough space for up to 2,000 workers. Most recently, it became home to the U.S. Patent and Trade Office which researchers estimate could generate $440 million in economic-development activity over five years, including the creation of several hundred high-paying federal jobs. Not only does the building bring jobs downtown, it is expected to receive a Gold LEED® certification that will deliver significant returns on the investments made, as well as add 100 years of life to an important aging building.
The building was built in the 1960s and required renovation to reduce energy use and to meet the demands of a 21st Century workforce. The building received many system upgrades including the replacement of all existing exterior windows, doors and partitions; the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), fire protection and electrical distribution systems; and LED lighting. The 18-story office building is home to six agencies now and by the summer of 2015, it will house a total of eight. Some current tenants include the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Social Security Administration. We expect the Health and Human Services along with the United States Trustee to move in next spring and summer putting the building near capacity.
To learn more about our building projects please visit gsa.gov’s Public Building Service page.