January 24, 2012 – The Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) recently honored Forrester Construction Company and EYP Architecture & Engineering design-build team with a 2011 Merit Award for the Naval Consolidated Operations Center at the historic Washington Navy Yard. Recognized in the Rehabilitation / Renovation / Restoration category, the prestigious award celebrates the region’s highest achievements in design-build and innovation.
The design-build team created first class office and support space for the 280,000-square-foot, four-story Naval Consolidated Operations Center (originally constructed circa 1940), successfully accommodating a diverse group of Naval operations tenants, each with varying adjacency and security needs. Physical and technical security informed all decisions related to the renovation project, with secure features that included a blast-resistant exterior envelope and Secure Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) space with electronic surveillance to suppress data leakage. The new building envelope, which includes new roof systems and thermal insulation, dramatically increases the energy efficiency of the complex.
To house the planned increase in building personnel, the team transformed 50,000 square feet of found space by in-filling existing light wells, while maintaining tenant access to natural daylighting. The team also developed the levels of security, unique programmatic spaces, and quality of finishes, ultimately modernizing Naval Consolidated Operations Center’s structure, envelope, HVAC, telecommunications, security, and individual tenant spaces, all while preserving the building’s original exterior.
Commented EYP Project Executive Robert Gudz, PE, CEM, LEED AP, “We are extremely proud of this transformative modernization project, and are thrilled for the prominent recognition from such an important industry organization.” Added Forrester’s Vice President of PreConstruction and Design Build Services Victor Bonardi, AIA, LEED AP, “This is another excellent example of how Design Build Teaming produces project success and client satisfaction through communication, cooperation, and collaboration on a highly complex, building renovation project.”
At Naval Consolidated Operations Center’s 2010 ribbon-cutting ceremony, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington Commanding Officer Captain Hugh Hemstreet said of the Forrester / EYP team, “The partnership between all team members was great. It made this unique and challenging project a success.”
Forrester Construction Company: Established in 1988, Forrester Construction Company is an award-winning Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 200 Contractor, Top 50 Green Contractor, and Top 100 Design Builder, offering clients preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, and design/build services. Forrester is ranked as one of the top four largest locally owned general contractors. For additional information, visit our website.
About EYP Architecture & Engineering
EYP Architecture & Engineering: EYP is the expertise-based, integrated architecture and engineering design firm that specializes in education, government, and historic preservation projects. EYP Energy is a division of EYP that delivers comprehensive energy and sustainability services. Located in Albany, Boston, Greenville, New York City, Orlando and Washington, D.C., the firm ranks among the largest A/E firms in the nation by Building Design & Construction magazine and recently ranked in The Architect 50, Architect Magazine’s annual ranking of top architecture firms.