Oklahoma City Federal Building Solar Energy Retrofit
The General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Robin Carnahan, recently announced the installation of new grid-interactive and smart building technologies that make the Ross Barney Architects design for the new Oklahoma City Federal Building a national model for clean energy innovation and efficiency. The deep energy retrofit cuts energy use by 41%, carbon emissions by 3,100 metric tons and energy costs by $400,000 annually. It’s also one of our first Grid Efficient Interactive Buildings which helps with grid resilience by allowing the local grid to tap into the building’s battery storage capacity.
“We are proud to deliver on GSA’s first project that demonstrates how we can transform federal buildings into high-tech clean energy hubs that dynamically interact with the grid, generate their own energy, and make the grid stronger and more resilient for the surrounding community,” said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. “Right here in Oklahoma City, this project is a groundbreaking model for the kind of innovation that we hope to replicate across the country through President Biden’s Investing in America.
“Designing the OKC Federal Building with GSA on that building is one of the highlights of my career. Many of the ideas that guide my studio about materials, energy, workplace comfort and community engagement took root during that design.” Said Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, 2023 AIA Gold Medal recipient, “the role that the Federal government is playing to preserve our planet is critical.”
Watch the video interview here.