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Department of Energy

Requirements Based, Design-Build Contracting Strategy

I suggest that the Federal Government develop policy to embrace requirements based, Design-Build contracting. This methodology allows owners to take advantage of the creativity available in the building industry by allowing the experts the freedom to devise solutions to high level requirements. By awarding contracts to teams of architects and building contractors, projects can be completed in less time at less cost.... more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Construction Ducuments Digital Vault, Division or Bureau

PROBLEM: typical Construction Documents Sets (like drawings, specifications, contracs, bid packages, etc.) are very large and heavy weight in nature, consuming a lot resources and money from the agencies & customers.

SOLUTION: to establish a centralized Digital Vault, so all sets can be submitted, saved & shared in a digital manner, reducing cost of production, cost on filling, shorting access time to all their users,... more »

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Department of Energy

More Efficient Construction and Renovations in DC

Ask Congress to Exempt Federal Facilities from the 1910 Height of Buildings Act. The Act states that buildings in the District of Columbia may not exceed the width of the adjacent street plus twenty feet, subject to a number of exceptions. This has limited the size of federal buildings, making them less energy efficient while increasing construction, renovation, and operations costs as large agencies must occupy multiple,... more »

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Department of State

Impose minimum time period between Embassy property renovations

Impose minimum periods of time that must pass before Embassy property can be renovated (the only exception being if safety/security standards require the new construction), and to official residences as well (i.e. Ambassador’s residence).

The USG oftentimes spends tens of thousands of dollars when a new Ambassador arrives to post; as part of his/her legacy, Ambassadors often embark on unnecessary construction -- usually... more »

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Department of Defense

More Contractor Responsibility post construction

Require Contractor's to be responsible for the entire lifespan (as intended) of a facility. This means if a structural flaw or something that is missed is not caught within the first year that they still are responsible to fix it. This would gaurantee better quality and actually extend the permanent lifespan past what is predicted. We utilize buildings that are 100s of years old, we should be able to utilize current... more »

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Legislative Branch

Standard design/construction for most government facilities

Standardize design and construction for all new nonspecialized government facilities like franchises do (e.g., Home Depot, Taco Bell, Target, etc). Design small, medium, and large facility types as needed (like State Dept). Design facility types for various climate zones and material availability (like 1940s/50s U.S. military standard designs). Pre-design with LEED-compliant construction assemblies, components, details,... more »

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Legislative Branch

Treat new energy technologies as repair vice construction

New technology roofs and walls (PV, thermal, etc) are great ways to repair your facilities and also get significant energy savings from. The problem is that according to regulation upgrading the roof or wall with a PV or thermal system is treated as new construction and thus limited by the $750K MILCON threshold. These are really repairs by replacement with the latest technology and should not be subject to this constraint.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Reinstate Work Station Space Allowances in the CFR

Since the work station space allowances in 41 CFR 101-17.304 have been eliminated executive agencies have doubled the size of administrative office space, thus significantly increasing the amount that the Federal government spends on Office Space. There was a table that specified the amount of office space developed to house office elements of executive agencies. The Table was as follows:
GS 1-6, 60 sq ft
GS 7 -11 (non... more »

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Department of Justice

Use employee input on design of new prisons

I have been to three "new" penitentiaries which were built at different times over approximately 12 years and all three have the same issues. There needs to be true staff involvement prior to AND during the building process. It would be much cheaper to fix the problems PRIOR to the construction instead of fixing after the construction.

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Department of Defense

Put Solar on All Government Roofs when built or repaired

Roofing Projects for new government buildings and for Repairing existing government buildings is expensive, but it would Save a lot of money over time if we added Solar Panels at the same time as roof work is being contracted. The installation costs would be reduced greatly and the electrical savings would more than make up for the smaller construction cost over time and would lower our dependence on energy. It would... more »

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