This week, crews started installing the iconic steel “reeds” that will run up an entire face of the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building.
“It took a while to get going, but they’ve got the hang of it,” said SERA Architects senior project manager Jennifer L. Taylor said. “It will be quick now.”
The “reeds” will provide shading for the west face of the 18-story building, and reduce cooling costs, Taylor said.
The General Service Administration’s modernization of the building is well under way, and the reeds serve as a visible sign of progress – and the green features that will make the building one of the most energy efficient in the agency’s portfolio.
The project is being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. That means that a project that would normally take about five to 10 years is being completed in 48 months, said GSA supervisory project executive Patrick Brunner. The fast pace has demanded a lot of organization and corners to be cut, but Brunner is confident that the team will finish the project by March 28, 2013.
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