Each year, the Washington Contractor Awards, presented by the Associated General Contractors of Metro DC, honors noteworthy building contributions made in the areas of new construction, interior, heavy/industrial, design-build, and restoration/renovation. Two GSA projects were among the most recent honorees — the Sidney Yates Building renovation project, which received a design/build award, and the Hall of Honor Museum at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, which received a renovation/restoration award.
Sidney R. Yates Building
Contractor: Grunley Construction Company, Inc.
Award Category: Design-Build
The Sidney R. Yates Building was built in 1880 and is home to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) U.S. Forest Service. In 1978, the 19th century Romanesque style structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The renovation of this 180,000-square-foot building included the installation of new mechanical, electrical, HVAC, and fire protection systems throughout the building, as well as a tenant fit-out and window replacement for a 10,000-square-foot USDA Child Development Center. All of this work was completed within a seven-month time frame while protecting the building’s historic features.
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Project: Hall of Honor Museum
Contractor: HSU Builders
The Hall of Honor Museum is located in the Scott Building at the 272-acre Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH), the nation’s oldest continually operating retirement home for enlisted military personnel. The museum highlights the lives and military achievements of past and current residents, and chronicles the history of the military and AFRH. In addition to functioning as a museum, the Hall of Honor is a multi-functional space that is used for re-enlistment and retirement ceremonies, and various other gatherings for AFRH residents.
Construction of the museum included the installation of floor-to-ceiling display cases for historic photographs and artifacts illustrating the history of the campus and interactive audio/visual systems that allow visitors and families to view residents speaking about their military experiences. LED lighting was used throughout the museum to illuminate the display cases and reduce energy usage.
All construction work occurred in an occupied and operational environment where occupant safety was paramount. Coordination with GSA, AFRH staff and HSU Builders allowed the project to be delivered on time with no safety violations and no disruption to the residents or operations of the Scott building.