The 1970’s-era Norris Cotton Federal Building underwent a multi-phase comprehensive renovation and upgrade to improve facility operation, energy performance, security, and indoor environmental quality.
A new curtain wall system replaced bronze metal insulated panels that had narrow window openings. The high U-factor curtain wall enhances the interior environment through daylighting and views, strengthening the connection between occupants and the community. Enhanced building security was achieved through perimeter security upgrades.
An “open office landscape” concept allows flexibility for routing and reconfiguration of central and agency-specific information technology. Final design included the complete demolition of office areas and the provision of new tenant space planning and fit-ups, including mechanical, plumbing, fire and electrical systems. Furniture and finishes include recycled, rapidly-renewable, and low-VOC materials. Common areas were designed to incorporate the GSA First Impressions program and Federal Protective Service security requirements.
Numerous outdated and failing HVAC systems were replaced with a standardized HVAC system compliant with current codes, including high rise safety and accessibility. The mechanical system is designed to maximize energy conservation and optimize indoor air quality, while providing ease of maintenance. Systems included chillers, boilers, heat recovery units, direct digital controls and a garage ventilation system. Daylight and occupancy sensors control the new lighting and ventilation systems.