Project Info

  • Client WMATA
  • Location DC, MD, and VA
  • LEED status Gold
  • Size Three Office Buildings - Over 1,300,000 sf

Headquarters Consolidation Program, WMATA, Various Locations

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has initiated a Headquarters Consolidation Program to reduce operating expenses and improve employee work conditions. The program consists of two phases. Phase 1 includes the design and construction of three, LEED Gold high-rise office buildings to serve as the headquarters for each of their serviced regions: District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

As the program manager, GES is serving as the owner’s representative to ensure smooth execution of the program’s development and provide services that add value to the owner, enhance quality of work, and provide cost savings where practical. At each design submission for each building, GES reviews the MEP & FP documents and provides third-party review comments that are required to be addressed prior to approval. In addition to design reviews, GES also reviews cost estimates and budgets to flag questionable assessments, checks for missing elements compared to the basis of design, and identifies areas for potential cost savings where desirable.

GES also created a “shoebox model” of each building to conduct Energy Optimization Studies wherein different variations of building components (such as HVAC, lighting, glazing, insulation, etc.) are modeled to assess their impact on energy consumption and energy costs. This data is then used to assist the client with selecting building systems that optimize energy usage, overall costs and provides the best return on investment. Since WMATA operational control centers and data centers are being relocated to the new office headquarters, GES is surveying these critical spaces and creating a Program of Requirements to distribute to each design team that identifies the equipment, capacities, and other MEP parameters and requirements that must be addressed in the designs.

Phase 2 includes the assessment and expected renovation of three existing office/operations buildings as well as design and construction of three new parking garages. GES will again provide third-party review comments to mitigate errors that could impact schedule, cost or safety. In addition, GES is conducting Facilities Conditions Assessments to assess the state of existing MEP & FP systems in the Phase 2 buildings and providing costs to repair or replace based on their condition and life expectancy. Once these costs are taken into consideration, GES will produce a feasibility study describing the MEP & FP work that needs to be done in order to accomplish the planned renovation of existing buildings.

GES has also been contracted to provide commissioning services throughout the design and construction phases of all projects, which is required to meet LEED goals, and ensure proper design, installation, and operation of the MEP & FP equipment and systems.