Bureau of General Services, 19 Union Street Office Renovations

Augusta, Maine

The Union Street State office building is a 1960, three-level office building with a 1970 addition totaling 40,000 sq. ft. The renovation strategy for the building was to prolong the life of the building by reusing existing materials and equipment within reason in order to minimize cost to meet only basic requirements, while still providing a comfortable and functional environment that met current code and accessibility requirements. A more efficient, ducted fan-coil system replaced existing fan coils, reusing the existing boiler, and finishes were upgraded throughout the building.

Another goal was to improve the facility’s energy profile as much as possible within a limited budget. Harriman was requested to research additional energy strategies which might be beneficial toward the overall life-cycle cost of the building.

Harriman provided a list of seven potential strategies, of which four were selected by the client for further analysis and estimated payback period. Automated lighting controls, storm windows, demand ventilation with CO2 sensors and solar water heating were eventually designed as part of the building’s systems.

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