Making a federal case for the GSA
Gausman & Moore completed this tenant fit-out in a tight six-month time frame which permitted the efficient relocation of several federal agencies to temporary facilities, with minimal disruption to the critical services they provide.
To enable renovation of the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) needed to temporarily relocate nearly 900 people working in 23 federal agencies for a period of three to five years. They selected 244,000 square feet of space at the 10-story Norman Pointe II office building in nearby Bloomington.
G&M expedited bid documents, provided comprehensive mechanical and electrical designs, and executed assessment and commissioning services for this large GSA tenant infill project.
Among other agencies, the facility houses offices of the GSA Minnesota/Wisconsin Service Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Homeland Security, and various agencies within the Department of Defense.
G&M assessed the requirements of each agency to ensure needs were met with regard to cooling, lighting, communications, information technology, fire safety, security, and access control. The building also includes a GSA- mandated daycare facility and outdoor playground.
The building was LEED certified in the core and shell category prior to the fit-out. G&M designed retrofits to operate effectively within LEED guidelines. Existing heat pumps were relocated to serve revised floor plans. Dedicated cooling systems employed free cooling for three server rooms. An emergency generator was added to serve the mission-critical computer and security system needs for many of the agencies.
A lot was riding on the ability for a smooth transition into the temporary home for these agencies. G&M commissioning services ensured “all systems were go” the moment the 900 federal employees arrived on site, providing readiness assurance to the GSA via a detailed commissioning report.
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