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Region 8 Office
This page houses older environmental information about EPA's Region 8 Office in Denver, Colorado. View the current facility page for EPA's Region 8 Office.
Structuring the Acquisition to Maximize Results
EPA and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) worked together to develop a two-step design competition for EPA’s Region 8 Office so that the building would represent the best in design, work environment, environmental performance, and security while providing a good value for the taxpayers.
Step 1: The first phase of the competition, completed in spring 2004, consisted of evaluating numerous development teams, which included a real estate development firm, architecture/engineering firm, general contractor, commissioning agent, property management firm, and other specialty consultants. The teams were evaluated on their past performance, design and sustainable building experience, security expertise, financing capability, and other factors. The field was narrowed to five teams chosen to move on to the design phase of the competition.
Step 2: During the second phase of the competition, completed in summer 2004, the five teams developed, refined, and presented schematic designs. Teams provided building renderings, site plans, floor plans, mechanical system descriptions, energy use estimates, water conservation strategies, construction material inventories, construction period waste recycling plans, commissioning plans, indoor air quality measures, and other information on the sustainable attributes of the building. In addition, the teams were required to demonstrate how they would meet new Department of Homeland Security requirements. In August 2004 the Opus team—consisting of OPUS Northwest, LLC, developer and owner; Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP, architects; Syska Hennessy, mechanical/electrical engineers; and Hinman Consulting, securitywas awarded the contract.
- In August 2008, the Denver Region 8 Office received the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design's American Architecture Award, the highest and most prestigious building award in the United States. It honors new cutting-edge design, urban philosophy, design approach, style, and intellectual substance in American architecture today.
- In November 2007, DOE presented the Denver Region 8 Office with a Federal Energy Saver Showcase Award, which honors facilities that use cost-effective energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy technologies.
- The developer and owner of EPA's Region 8 Office, Opus Northwest LLC, was honored with a 2006 Downtown Denver Award for the facility for "helping to usher in a new era of sustainable development in Downtown Denver while respecting the distinct character of Lower Downtown."
- Construction drawings were “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR®,” which helped establish a building rating target for the facility. All mechanical and electrical systems were commissioned systematically for quality assurance.
- Interim energy modeling demonstrated:
- With plug loads (i.e., task lights, computers, copiers), 11,800 Btu per square foot per year will be saved, which is 20.3 percent better than ASHRAE 90.1-1999 base case per standard of 58,300 kBtu per square foot per year.
Incremental Energy Savings Pie Chart
- In January 2007, EPA entered into a two-year contract with 3Degrees, Inc. to purchase 3.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power annually for EPA's new Region 8 Office in Denver, Colorado. This contract supported the generation of renewable energy in the form of renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind turbines in six Western states. Procured by the Western Area Power Administration, the purchase helped offset 100 percent of the annual electricity consumption at EPA's Region 8 Office.
- In October 2004, EPA entered into a three-year contract with Aquila, Inc. to purchase 4.7 million kWh of green power annually for EPA's existing Region 8 Office in Denver, Colorado. This contract supported the generation of renewable energy in the form of RECs from wind turbines at Colorado Green Wind Project facilities in Prowers County, Colorado. Procured by the Western Area Power Administration, the purchase offset 100 percent of the annual electricity consumption at EPA's Region 8 Office.
- The building has an extensive green roof that was designed in accordance with Denver's 2004 Water Quality Management Plan. With pollutant removal rates that meet the design standards for the City and County of Denver, the green roof was approved as the sole best management practice to treat stormwater runoff from the entire facility.
Waste Reduction and Recycling - Construction
- Throughout the planning, construction, and operation of the new facility, EPA required that the design and development team maximize resource conservation by selecting materials with postconsumer recycled content, recycling construction waste, and designing space for ongoing recycling efforts.
- More than 75 percent of building construction waste was recycled and therefore diverted from landfills.
For More Information About This Facility
Following are summaries of the environmental provisions included in the solicitations for offers (SFOs) for the Region 8 office building:
- Region 8 Office SFO Environmental Provisions (PDF) (5 pp, 43K)
- Region 8 Office SFO Environmental Provisions II (PDF) (18 pp, 251K)