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Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building
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The Metcalfe Building, a 28-story building located in downtown Chicago, IL, houses offices of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture, and the Social Security Administration.

The building, constructed in 1991, was designed and constructed to be energy efficient, and simple measures have been added since the opening of the building to insure its continued success as an energy-efficient building.

A lighting retrofit replaced all incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps and installed LED exit signs, occupancy sensors, and "Vending Misers" - devices that control the operation of vending machines. In addition, an Energy Management System (EMS) controls ventilation and lighting. High efficiency motors and variable frequency drives were installed on the domestic water pumps and cooling tower fans.

"It is the responsibility of the Federal Government and the General Services Administration to provide a good example for others in becoming a much more energy-efficient operation. By achieving the ENERGY STAR Label for Buildings, we hope to provide the incentive for others to join the effort."
Jeff Mornar, GSA

Additionally, the Metcalfe Building participates in Commonwealth Edison Company's Energy Curtailable Service Coorperative, a program that allows the utility company to curtail electric use during times of high demand. Participating in the program provides a credit on the Metcalfe Building's electric bill and helps to eliminate the construction of new generating plants, helping to preserve our natural resources and reducing the amount of pollution produced by the utility company.





Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by General Services Administration or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Federal Building

Building Owner:*
General Services Administration

Property Manager:*
General Services Administration

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
1999 (77)
2007 (80)
2012 (84)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 840365 sf

Year Constructed: 1991

Contract Type: None

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