Army Corps HQ in Seattle wins national green building award

The new Federal Center South building in Seattle won a national sustainable building award.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo

The new Federal Center South building in Seattle won a national sustainable building award. 

A national group gave a first place green building award to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' new district headquarters in South Seattle.

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council made the presentation last week in Washington, D.C. Judges said the project team was honored for collaboration and for meeting the challenge of building a high-performance building that’s a secure federal facility.

Building occupants benefit from working in natural daylight. Rainwater is collected and used to flush toilets and to irrigate landscaping. And geothermal energy wells extend 150 feet below ground and loop water for cooling and heating. In building the headquarters, the team used 300,000 square feet of timber and wood decking from an adjacent warehouse.

The U.S. General Services Administration oversaw the $72 million Recovery Act project that was completed last fall. The Seattle office of ZGF Architects LLP designed the 209,000-square-foot project, and Sellen Construction of Seattle built it. Approximately $21 million was subcontracted to small businesses.

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council is part of the National Institute of Building Sciences, which supports advances in building science and technology.

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