The General Services Administration (GSA) has contracted with our firm, Sain Engineering Associates, Inc. (SEA) to assess the existing Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Headquarters Complex in Woodlawn, Maryland. SEA is assessing the facility’s ability to be rated as a high performance green asset using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) rating system. The goal is to achieve a Rating of LEED Silver or better. The work is ongoing with the Period of Performance being the next step in the process.
We understand that GSA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) desire to:
- Transform the existing CMS facilities into a high performance green asset using the LEED EBOM rating system. The campus shall receive LEED certification at a minimum LEED Silver Certification.
- Evaluate the sustainability of the overall facilities/campus in conjunction with LEED, the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Existing Buildings (GP) of Executive Order 13423, the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) 2007, EO 13514 Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance, GSA’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan and CMS’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan.
- Complete the project no later than 465 calendar days after project award including 120 calendar days for the survey/study development and the remaining time shall be for the LEED registration, implementation and certification process.
The CMS buildings are well operated and maintained and already have many sustainable features and programs in place that integrate well into the LEED EBOM rating system. It is anticipated that the facility should be able to achieve LEED Silver at a minimum and with a little more effort and capital expenditures LEED Gold certification could be achieved. The majority of the effort will be to revise policies and procedures and provide the required LEED documentation. Existing building commissioning services are also recommended to meet the Federal High Performance Sustainable Buildings (FHPSB) requirements as well as improve building performance and save energy with a pay back of slightly more than one year.
The CMS Headquarters Complex, built in 1995, consists of four interconnected buildings. The combined building area is 937,170 gross square feet and sits on a 57.4 acre parcel. In addition to general office and warehouse space, the Campus also houses a 24-hour Automated Data Processing (ADP) center, a multimedia area, a production studio, various teleconference and training rooms, a security control center, a health unit, library, mailroom, child care center, cafeteria, auditorium, and a fitness center. The 2,949 space parking lot is encircled by a jogging trail which borders the perimeter of the facility. A small portion of the complex grounds near the back of the facility is designated as preserved wetlands where improvements or alterations are not permitted.