Cesar E. Chavez Modernization
- Project Overview
- Downtown Commercial Building
- Houses Office spaces for multiple government agencies
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funded
- Design-Build Modernization Project
- Major Deliverables
- Parking Garage Replacement
- First Floor Renovation
- Elevator & Lobbies
- Flex Space
- Building Envelope Replacement
- Roof and Penthouse Improvements
- Cooling Tower improvements
- Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Upgrades
- Performance Specifications
The SE team was contracted by GSA to provide the initial analysis of building system deficiencies, determine relationships between systems, address user concerns, and ultimately formulate a programmatic scope-of-work and performance specification for the eventual ARRA-funded design-build modernization project.
This downtown commercial building was converted by the General Services Administration to office spaces for multiple government agencies. However, the facility exceeded its limited lifespan in a variety of capacities and needed significant upgrade to most major building components.
The project was commissioned within the guidelines and mandates of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), including funding requirements, financial reporting structures, and specific performance standards for construction.
The issues outlined by SE in the course of the study included structural and service deficiencies; outdated lobbies and inefficient elevators; deteriorating and unsafe building envelope conditions; inconsistent interior finishes and inefficient lighting systems; non-compliant code issues with emergency power; low-albedo roof surface; insufficient building cooling capacity; and degraded HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems.
Performance Specifications were created to conform to GSA and building standards, meeting the aesthetic and durability requirements of GSA's PBS P-100 guideline.
The SE design team coordinated multi-discipline study findings and project information, and organized all aspects of the modernization into a finalized study document.