Project DescriptionRenovation of Denver’s Byron G. Rogers Federal Office Building is on schedule for completion in 2014. The security, seismic and energy modernization upgrades on the 494,156-square-foot federal office building will continue its commitment to LEED® certification and ENERGY STAR® labeling. Window replacement at the adjacent U.S. Courthouse was finished in 2012. Renovation of this historic courthouse building maintains its legacy of Modern Formalist architecture. The building will be eligible for consideration by the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
Preserving the appearance while improving the performance and daylighitng, Wausau Window and Wall Systems provided more than 1,600 blast hazard-mitigating BHM Series windows plus high-performance SuperWall™ system and custom ClearStory™ interior light shelves.
Owned by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Rocky Mountain Region 8, the federal office building facility houses 11 federal agencies and is the cornerstone of the Denver Federal District. This is part of the project seeking to revitalize the eastern edge of the downtown central business district at 20th and Stout Streets and to earn LEED Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Following an earlier renovation project, the adjoining courthouse building received LEED Existing Buildings (EB) Pilot Gold certification in 2006.
In 2009, funding was provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for additional modernization of the federal office building to meet current codes, seismic and progressive collapse criteria, and GSA facility requirements for acoustic privacy, security and sustainability. The project’s scope includes replacing all the existing exterior windows on both the federal office and the courthouse buildings with high-performance units manufactured by Wausau and installed by Harmon, Inc.
Other members of the building project team are: Mortenson Construction as design-builder, HOK as the design architect, Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects as architect of record, Martin/Martin, Inc. as the structural engineer and blast consultant, and Rocky Mountain Institute as high-performance green building consultant.
According to the GSA, the primary goals of this $154 million design-build project are “architectural preservation and demonstration of energy-efficient retrofit capabilities. All together, the Byron Rogers Federal Office Building systems are expected to lower the building energy consumption by up to 65% over its previous rate. The systems are expected to save taxpayers more than $250,000 per year in energy costs, while providing superior comfort and a modern workplace for various federal agencies.”