NASA Headquarters Building Lease and Renovation Project
- 1st Floor construction completed
- Concourse level is off limit to employees
- Concourse Break Room is CLOSED during construction. Columbia Café may be used
- Health Unit temporarily located in Suite: 2O40
The Office of Headquarters Operations is proud to announce that a new lease agreement for the NASA HQ building at 300 E. Street has been signed with our current landlord, Piedmont.
The current lease with Piedmont was scheduled to end in July 2012. During the summer of 2010, GSA competitively announced the NASA HQ lease renewal to the local Washington D.C. property management industry. As a result of that competition, our current property management company, Piedmont, was offered another 15 year renewal opportunity in our current building. Negotiations on the logistics of the required renovations have been reached, and construction will begin in late 2011.
Lease renewal status from February 23, 2011 town hall presentation, presented by NASA Headquarters Facilities and Administrative Services Division Director Dave Redman.
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Renovation Project UPDATED December 2011
As we move into the building renovation phase of this project, we will be designing a new floor plan using the green design concept endorsed by the NASA Administrator. Piedmont will be performing the construction which will include upgrading the building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. This is a whole-building renovation, and as such, will affect all occupants within the HQ building.
As part of the renovation agreement, Piedmont has introduced a construction schedule plan which calls for a renovation of each floor, starting in December 2011. In order to ensure the renovation project runs smoothly and is timely and safe, an entire floor must be vacated. Therefore, Piedmont is providing “swing space” located at 1201 I Street, NW (3rd/4th floors) and at 1225 I Street NW (12th floor), Washington, D.C. to house one floors-worth of employee/contractor positions. The Facilities and Administrative Services Division (FASD) used the current 5th floor employee/contractor numbers to calculate the number of personnel to move to the swing space.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
Piedmont is required to bring this building up to the minimum level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Commercial Interiors Certified. However, we are striving for a Silver certification, and NASA must do its part in supporting this effort. Achieving LEED certification provides verification that our building is renovated using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings (LED lighting), water efficiency (low flow capabilities reducing water by 20%), CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. We call it our "green plan."
The green plan will move all window offices away from the exterior walls to the interior of the building. This will create a 4-foot eco corridor around each floor, meaning there will be no window offices at all. Offices will be constructed using frosted full glass panels and fabric panels 65” high with glass to the ceiling, along with the current legacy demountable partitions. There will also be the addition of two galleys at the East and West ends of the building, which will allow natural light to flow through each floor and assist with LEED certification. Another aspect of the renovation is bringing this building into compliance with the current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which includes 44" corridors and 5' turning circles at the end of each corridor.
The HQ Renovation project continues successfully and on schedule. To date, floors 9, 8, and 6 have been completed with the 4th floor currently under construction. At completion of the 4th floor (April, 2013), 40% of the HQ renovation will be completed. In addition to the open floor design, upgrades include state of the art A/V systems in the PRC and MIC conference rooms, two additional galleys per floor furnished with a community seating area, two refrigerators, 2 microwaves, and two Keurig coffee/tea makers. Energy efficient LED lighting has been installed to reduce overall power consumption as well as retrofitted plumbing fixtures with low flow capabilities reducing water consumption by 20%.
Renovation upgrades are not only occurring internally but externally as well. Piedmont has installed blast proof film on all exterior windows and is in the planning phases to upgrade the exterior building to the proper security rating (level 4).
The Office of Facilities and Administrative Services Division appreciate the cooperation of all the organizations effected by the move. We look forward to continued success as we progress through the building construction.
FASD continues to develop plans and schedules, and provide periodic briefings to management about how the entire renovation process will be accomplished. In order to keep employees informed, we have put together this Web page to allow NASA employees to monitor the progress and efforts of this very high visible project. Our Frequently Asked Questions will be monitored and updated when new information is available.
Key Contacts: Jerry Gloster, 358-1135