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    Howard S. Wright Washington State project wins National Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Merit Award

    September 18, 2014

    SEATTLE – September 18, 2014  Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, is pleased to announce that the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building Modernization Project in Seattle, Washington has won a national Award of Merit in the Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration category from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) in their annual Design-Build Award Competition.

    Howard S. Wright teamed with U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), URS Corporation, DLR Group, McKinstry, Prime Electric, and Gerber Engineering on the modernization project, and the national honor will be presented at the awards ceremony on October 7, 2014 during DBIA’s annual Design-Build Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas.

    The DBIA Design-Build Project awards showcase projects who have successfully implemented design-build best practices through excellence in design, process, and teaming while achieving budget and schedule goals and exceeding owner expectations. The Henry M. Jackson Federal Building Modernization Project is among the 25 other award-winning projects throughout the country that are being honored next month. 

    “We are honored to be nationally recognized for our team‘s work on Henry M. Jackson Federal Building Modernization Project,” stated Dan Peyovich, Washington State division president. “This award is a testament to the hard work of all those involved in the project and the ongoing support of GSA.”

    Project background:

    The Henry M. Jackson Federal Building modernization project, led by Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, served to reduce the building’s energy consumption by 30 percent, increase the Energy Star score to 97 and achieve a LEED-EB Silver certification from the USGBC through multiple energy-related scopes. The 37-story, 865,000-square-foot, fully-occupied building was originally constructed in 1974. To ensure accountability, the GSA used a performance guarantee that included 1-year of monitoring the Energy Use Intensity (EUI) against goals established by the design-build teams, for which $1.8 million was held as retention.  Scope included the replacement of all primary mechanical equipment, building management system, electrical switchgear and lighting, fire alarm systems, enclosure upgrades and a full glazing replacement in a fully occupied building.