Historic Buildings Demonstrate Modern Best Practices—GSA Case Study
Completed in 1877, the Port Huron Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse (pictured) not only holds the title of oldest federal building in continuous service in the state of Michigan, but it also is the oldest building owned and managed by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in the entire Great Lakes Region. While the property clearly possesses a distinguished pedigree—the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974—it might be surprising that the 44,575-square-foot facility also offers the finest in modern best practices.
Originally constructed to house the U.S. Customs Service, a post office and the federal judiciary in the growing lakeside town of Port Huron, the building now boasts the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States Marshal Service as tenants. It also boasts a 2009-2010 International TOBY® Award in the Under 100,000 Square Feet category, thanks, in large part, to the GSA’s work to restore the historic lobby and modernize the facility. The management team thought the recent building improvements—including an upgrade to the heating and ventilating system, installation of energy management controls, exterior masonry repairs and boiler system replacement—also might help them gain the BOMA 360 designation.
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