FBI Opens Eco-Friendly Building in South Florida

MIRAMAR, Fla. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Miami Field Office and the General Services Administration (GSA) officially named and dedicated a new federal office building in Miramar during a ceremony on April 10. The building is new high-performing hub for South Florida FBI operations.

President Obama signed legislation designating the Federal building at 2030 Southwest 145th Ave. in Miramar, Fla., as the Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building, named after deceased FBI agents.

The event featured appearances by FBI Director James B. Comey, GSA acting Administrator Denise Turner Roth, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, and Singer/Songwriter Jon Secada.

“GSA is committed to providing the best value in real estate services to our federal partners and the American people. The state-of-the-art facility creates a 21st century work environment that saves taxpayer dollars, increases collaboration, and helps the FBI perform vital public services,” GSA Acting Administrator Denise Turner Roth said in a statement.

The 380,000 square foot building — nestled on a 20-acre campus — accommodates nearly 1,000 FBI employees in a centralized, collaborative, and secure workspace. Green building elements of the building include reduced water and energy consumption, and a preserved natural habitat.

The FBI moved into the facility in December 2014 from North Miami Beach and several leased locations across south Florida, helping the agency avoid approximately $11 million in rent payments annually over 30 years.

The site has achieved key sustainability designations for reduced environmental impact, including Two-Stars from Sustainable SITES Initiative and LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors. The LEED Platinum for Core & Shell Certificate application is pending. Key sustainability features incorporated into the design and construction include:

• 95 percent reduction in water consumption achieved through rainwater, well water, and municipal reclaimed water capture;
• A high-performance, glass curtain facade that harvests daylight, reduces heat gain, and meets Florida hurricane resistance standards;
• Rooftop solar panels on the parking garage generating one megawatt of electricity, or nearly 20 percent of the building’s energy usage; and
Wetlands restoration.

The facility also includes hybrid floor layouts with open-squad bays, offices, and meeting rooms; a vehicle checkpoint; and a fitness center, medical suite, commissary, automotive shop, and one-half mile running trail.
Final costs are expected to reach $194 million with final build-out remaining, falling under the $198 million budgeted for project site acquisition, design, construction, tenant improvements, and other services. Businesses contributed nearly one million work hours during the site’s construction, with about 75 percent of construction contract dollars awarded to Florida businesses. The project exceeded small business goals in all categories, including small business enterprise, small disadvantaged, Women-Owned, HUBZONE, Veteran-Owned and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned small business.

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