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Peter W. Rodino Federal Building Receives 2010 GSA Design Excellence Award

WSP has received a 2010 Design Excellence Award in Engineering from the U.S. General Services Administration for its high-performance building modernization of the Peter W. Rodino Federal Building in Newark, N.J.


WSP's role in the Rodino project included the complete renovation of nine floors of the 495,200-square-foot building, plus major system upgrades. These upgrades encompassed ventilation; lighting; central plant chillers, cooling towers and hot water pumps; and significant sustainability measures.

The firm also performed extensive analysis and modeling of multiple double-skin façade configurations for the building, which had been constructed in 1967. It is anticipated that these energy-saving features will save approximately 32 percent in utility costs annually.

Other members of the design team included Dattner Architects and Richard McElhiney Architect.

Martha Johnson, Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, noted that the buildings and designers honored with 2010 Design Awards “are leaders, innovators, and pioneers” and that they “represent the highest caliber of design and the new edges of sustainability.”