The U.S. General Services Administration is spending nearly $30 Million to upgrade building systems and reduce energy costs at the new Food and Drug Administration headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. The upgrades at the White Oak office and research campus are expected to help the GSA cut energy costs by $3 million per year.
The GSA 23-year, 28.6 million contract, awarded to Honeywell, is among the largest granted since the Department of Energy introduced the energy savings performance contract program in 1998. It will be funded from the downstream energy and operational savings the upgrades produce.
New equipment will be installed in a central utility plant, as well as construct the distribution systems to provide electricity, heating and air conditioning to the buildings. Honeywell will install two natural gas-fired turbine generators; two 2,000-ton centrifugal chillers; a 1,130-ton absorption chiller that captures waste heat from the generators and recycles it to produce chilled water; and ancillary plant equipment and distribution systems.
Honeywell also will provide operations and maintenance services for the seven additional campus buildings supported by the construction project.
This is Honeywell’s third ESPC.
In 2002, Honeywell was awarded a $24.6 million ESPC. GSA also awarded Honeywell a $17.8 million ESPC in 2005.