Office of Building Renovation (OBR)

In 2007, the Office of Building Renovation was specifically created to manage the Department of Commerce’s role in the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB) Renovation Project — a $1 billion project to renovate and modernize this historic building.

The OBR has a dedicated staff of engineers, architects, and project managers working closely with the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Gilbane-Grunley Joint Venture throughout the project, serving as an advocate for the HCHB bureaus and operating units with regard to space requirements and building services, as well as planning the tenant improvements that the DOC is responsible for funding.

Herbert C. Hoover (HCHB) Renovation Project

The goal of the HCHB Renovation Project is to create a safe, pleasant, and more energy efficient office environment for staff. The complete project will replace all of the major building systems, create additional space, and preserve significant historic spaces including the main lobby, auditorium, and the office of the Secretary of Commerce.

As part of this extensive modernization effort, the goal is to attain a Gold LEED© certificate by incorporating the latest innovations in perimeter security, energy efficient building systems, and high performance workspace design.

The initial project renovated and modernized the 1.8 million gross square foot building. Construction began in January 2008 with rehabilitating the Courtyard 6 infill area and replacing the aging cooling towers on the roof of the 7300 corridor.

In August 2013, the Department, in conjunction with GSA, began a 21st Century Workplace Initiative that promotes mobility, collaboration, and maximum space usage. This initiative is now well underway with the completion of the 21st Century Workplace Pilot Project. The remaining phases are based on an open office environment with shared services and amenities.

Project Objectives

  • Provide a renovated facility for the 21st century
  • Upgrade all mechanical, electrical, and life-safety systems to conform to industry standards, meet GSA guidelines, and extend the building’s useful life
  • Increase usable space and preserve significant historical spaces
  • Increase energy/environmental efficiencies for a reduced footprint and healthier building
  • Provide new furniture and IT, audiovisual and security systems
  • Provide a 1st class working environment to attract top talent
  • Increase space efficiencies

Office of Facilities and Environmental Quality
Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

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