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What Makes Public Sector Project Successful Can Work for CRE

April 6, 11:15 am to 12:15 pm


Approved for 1.0 general GBCI CE & 1.0 AIA LU



Adam Burton, Project Executive, CEG Solutions

Morris Thompson, Director, Facilities & Logistics Management, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Timothy Allman, Lead Facilities Operations Specialist, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Vincent Minni, Vice President of Project Development, Envocore/LRI




The multi-phased energy efficiency project completed recently at the Office of Personnel Management is an example of a highly successful project with great results. After OPM completed the first phase of project work at its headquarters, they awarded a $27MM contract in 2018 for follow-on work at the facility. The project encompasses a comprehensive set of sustainability upgrades at OPM’s Theodore Roosevelt Building, a 10-story office building in Washington D.C. The building is owned by the General Services Agency (GSA) and, as such, all measures had to meet the GSA’s design and operational requirements. Project highlights include:

  • Replaced outdated steam infrastructure with a new hot-water boiler plate

  • Implemented architectural scope to refresh ceilings and modernize lighting layouts

  • Included a N+1 redundant heating system, a 2N redundant domestic hot water system, and emergency power interconnection to improve resiliency

  • Modernized air distribution systems to correct fire safety code compliance


This project utilized a deep energy retrofit strategy to leverage interactive effects of HVAC, lighting, and envelope upgrades to reduce central plant capacities by 25+% while increasing efficiency. CEG and OPM/GSA’s efforts on this project and other related initiatives resulted in electricity consumption reductions of 52% and energy consumption reductions of 44%. Non-energy benefits are increased resiliency, ongoing monitoring of performance, improved space utilization, environmental and safety improvements, and operational efficiencies.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand technical solutions of a “deep energy retrofit” from case studies

  2. Discuss energy performance contracting as a way for commercial building owners to ensure project success, de-risk the investment and achieve compliance

  3. Learn the benefits of a turn-key solution for assessments, engineering, construction management, ongoing monitoring for performance/compliance

  4. Learn about special financing vehicles for energy-related building improvements: utility incentives, financing on and off of balance sheet, EaaS, PACE financing, resources at the Green Bank (especially useful for auditing)


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