Project Info

  • Client Department of Energy
  • Location Washington, DC and Germantown, MD
  • Size 2,275,069 sf

On Call Miscellaneous A/E Support for Headquarters Facilities, Department of Energy

Through a term contract with the Department of Energy (DOE), GES is providing an array of MEP & FP engineering services for the DOE headquarters facilities in Washington, DC and Germantown, Maryland, totaling more than 2.2 million square feet combined. Representative task includes:

Program of Requirements. The DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) currently occupies significant square footage of space in its Headquarters locations in the National Capital Region. The primary objective of this project was to provide direction and planning to accommodate projected NNSA staffing increases into areas at the Forrestal, Germantown, and Portals that enhances their Headquarters’ mission while considering trends and best practices in federal space utilization. The end goal was to identify opportunities to improve space efficiencies, while simultaneously meeting/enhancing DOE’s mission.

Arc Flash Study. GES completed an arc flash study of the 1,700,000 sf James Forrestal Building in Washington, DC and the 500,000 sf Germantown, MD complex. The project included Short Circuit Studies, Protective Device Evaluation Studies, Protective Device Coordination Studies, and Arc Flash Risk Assessments of the electrical distribution systems. The studies were completed with the latest version of SKM Power*Tools for Windows software. The intent of the program was to determine the hazards that exists at all 3-phase equipment and provide appropriate labeling to comply with NFPA 70E requirements.

Preventative Maintenance Study. GES performed this study for the electrical equipment serving the James Forrestal Building and Germantown complex. In total, the study encompassed more than 1,000 pieces of electrical equipment, including but not limited to relays, circuit breakers, disconnects, switchgear, transformers, motor control centers, etc. The study began with an evaluation of the current conditions and engineering analysis of the existing electrical equipment. GES then reviewed and analyzed the existing preventive maintenance (PM) guide/manual and provide an updated PM schedule including a list of all electrical equipment requiring PM work. The final report for each piece of equipment included the current condition, the expected remaining life, and PM recommendations and associated costs.