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Procon has won a contract to provide owner’s representation and construction management services to GSA for the JW Powell Federal Building in Reston, Virginia. Completed in 1972, the Powell Building is just over 1 million square feet and has not had any major renovations since it was built. It currently serves as the headquarters for the US Geological Survey, houses approximately 2,000 employees, and is located on an 84-acre federal campus. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the building consists of reinforced concrete columns and beams with exterior pre-cast concrete panels and glass set back from the exterior columns. Procon will provide construction management for a major fire alarm system upgrade. The work will be conducted primarily outside of business hours and the building will remain occupied and operational throughout the demolition and construction process.

In recent months Procon has won construction management contracts for similar fire alarm and fire suppression projects at the Department of Labor Frances Perkins headquarters in Washington, DC, the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Building in Battle Creek, Michigan, and the Little Rock Federal Office Building in Little Rock, Arkansas. Procon will provide complete construction management services including oversight of design, construction, and testing phases.

 

 


Frances Perkins
Procon’s Construction Management division will be providing comprehensive owner’s representation to GSA for the replacement of fire alarm systems at the Department of Labor headquarters on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC. The seven-story Frances Perkins Building, with over 1.8 million gross square feet, was completed in 1975 and its fire alarm system is outdated and in need of replacement. The $16 million project will entail the complete replacement of existing fire alarms with a state-of-the-art alarm and communication system. The work will be conducted primarily outside of business hours and the building will remain occupied and operational throughout the demolition and construction process.

The award of the project comes on the heels of Procon’s successful completion of construction management services for the $26 million renovation of the occupied FDIC headquarters building, and the award of a similar fire alarm and fire suppression project at the Little Rock Federal Office Building in Little Rock, Arkansas. Procon will provide complete construction management services including oversight of design, construction, and testing phases.

 


 

Procon’s Space Management and Planning Division recently completed a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s change management needs. The analysis was done, in part, to address organizational challenges surrounding the future move of 500 Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) personnel to the Census Bureau’s Headquarters at Suitland Federal Center. The report provides an assessment of the Census Bureau’s requirements and outlines best practices and recommendations on how Census can effectively manage the change issues related to  sharing space with BEA, as well as how to communicate the impacts of the change with its employees and stakeholders.

Procon’s change management subject matter expert Michael Konczal was embedded as a member of the Census relocation change team for six months. Konczal provided on-site change management and communication consultation as well as implementation services to the team’s senior leadership. In addition, Procon researched and analyzed change management practices at the Census Bureau and provided a far-reaching assessment report and plan detailing how Census can implement best practices in its change management efforts. Once implemented, these practices will ensure a successful relocation process for the BEA move, and will guide the Census Bureau in addressing change management related issues in the future.

 

 


Procon was the first firm to win a task order off the recently awarded five-year contract to provide construction management services to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Procon will provide CM services for a turnstile installation project. Procon was one of three companies chosen to provide comprehensive construction quality management under an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for construction projects on the Gaithersburg, Maryland campus. The NIST facility consists of over 36 buildings and includes a variety of laboratories and special use spaces. The award continues Procon’s commitment to providing superior construction management for large federal campuses and facilities including St. Elizabeths West Campus, the Nebraska Avenue Complex, and the Department of State properties. Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness.

 


The DC Department of General Services (DGS), the division that implements construction projects for District of Columbia agencies, has awarded Procon a five-year construction management contract. The Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract will provide DGS with a vehicle for CM services for construction and repair projects throughout the District including schools, emergency services facilities, parks and recreation facilities, and other government buildings. Procon’s strong CM experience on large government construction projects will be leveraged by its expertise in electronic project management (ePM) solutions as DGS fully implements its commitment to its ePM program. Although Procon has completed CM projects for other municipalities and multiple, large, federal projects in the District, the award of the DGS contract is Procon’s first contract with the District of Columbia.