Oct. 28, 2002 — Sempra Energy Solutions announced the company has been awarded a $98 million, 20-year energy-services contract by the General Services Administration (GSA), the federal government entity that is building the new campus for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.
Sempra Energy Solutions will provide energy services for the GSA’s construction of a 2.3 million-square-foot campus for the FDA on the Silver Spring, Md., campus known as “White Oak.” Sempra Energy Solutions is supplying electricity as well as heating and cooling infrastructure for the entire campus.
Because the FDA needs a fully reliable and steady supply of electricity, Sempra Energy Solutions also will construct a central utility plant using energy-saving combined heat and power technology. The project incorporates renewable energy, as well, through the use of photovoltaic panels that convert sunlight into electricity.
The plant being built by Sempra Energy Solutions will generate electricity primarily through natural gas-powered reciprocating engines. The heat from the exhaust will be recovered to produce hot water for heating and chilled water from an absorption chiller will create air conditioning. The plant will be built in a historic fire station and vehicle maintenance shop facade to maintain a consistent architecture for the campus. Sempra Energy Solutions is financing the plant and recovering its costs through an energy-savings performance contract.
The overall campus ultimately will be composed of five groups of interconnected buildings and their shared infrastructure with 6,200 employees.
“GSA needed to create a state-of-art, environmentally sound, dynamic environment for the FDA and other federal agencies,” said Bob Dickerman, president of Sempra Energy Solutions. “It is gratifying to ‘lead the charge’ in assuring energy efficiencies and cost savings for them through this exciting project. Our partnership is essentially an investment in their new campus and we are committed to providing it the best, most efficient and most reliable energy infrastructure.”
Dickerman said the consolidation of FDA at White Oak will save the GSA $2.5 million per year in costs compared to space leased from the private sector. Consolidating all the FDA operations at White Oak has been in the planning stages for 10 years.
Sempra Energy Solutions — a subsidiary of Sempra Energy Global Enterprises, the umbrella for Sempra Energy’s growth businesses — offers commercial and industrial businesses outsourcing services that help them drive efficiencies in the ever-changing energy environment.
The company provides its customers an integrated mix of services such as facility management, supply and price-risk management, energy efficiency, energy-asset management, infrastructure ownership, and information and billing services.
Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) , based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2001 revenues of $8 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ nearly 12,000 employees serve more than 9 million customers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and Asia.