Grunley has completed work on the U.S. Custom House renovation for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in Philadelphia. The scope of work included masonry restoration, repair/replacement of the windows, a new “green” roof, new building tower lighting with energy efficient fixtures, installation of a new lightning protection system and a high-efficiency boiler. The 4th floor green roof is the second largest green roof installed in the City of Philadelphia. The building was turned over to the owner in October 2012 as substantially complete.
Grunley has been awarded a $35.8 million contract by Fairfax County Public Schools to renovate the Carl Sandburg Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition, Grunley will construct three additions to the school totaling 6,000 square feet. This is the fifth project Grunley will perform for the Fairfax County school system. Perkins Eastman is the Architect/Engineer for the project.
Grunley is pleased to announce that Mark D. Laudo, AIA, has joined the company as Director of Preconstruction Services. In this role, Mark will manage all design-build and design-assist projects, both pre- and post-award; participate in the design development process; perform conceptual estimating services; and coordinate with the project owners and designers to meet the needs of individual projects.
Mark has 28 years of progressive experience in the construction industry ranging from Project Architect to Construction Executive for a local general contractor. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Operations for Brothers Concrete and BakerDC, LLC – a subsidiary of Baker Concrete.
Grunley has increased its presence in the higher education market with the addition of two new buildings at American University (AU). The firm will provide construction management services for the 122,000 square foot “Cassell Hall” and construct the 53,400 square foot “Nebraska Hall Addition.” These new residences will significantly expand AU’s inventory of student housing options with 358 suite-style beds at Cassell Hall and 152 apartment-style beds at Nebraska Hall. Both projects were designed by Little Diversified Architectural Consulting and will seek LEED® NC 2.0 Gold certification.
Grunley has been awarded a $38 million contract to renovate and fit-out three buildings and construct a new guardhouse at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Two of the buildings slated for renovation – the Chancery and the Consular – were designed by one of Germany's most prominent architects, Egon Eiermann, in the 1960’s.
The eight-story Chancery Building is approximately 95,000 square feet. Grunley will perform a complete upgrade of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems; harden the structure; and conduct extensive fire proofing. The building shell will be improved by the installation of specialty windows coming from Germany. Grunley and Annen, the German window contractor, will work together in completing the Chancery’s exterior envelope. At the Chancery Annex, Grunley will install a new sprinkler system and restore the existing finishes and surrounding grounds.