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Bob Lanier Building
611 Walker
Houston, TX 77002
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The Bob Lanier Building, located at 611 Walker, is a 410-foot-tall skyscraper in downtown Houston, Texas. Completed in 1968, the 27-story office building primarily houses the City of Houston?s Public Works and Engineering (PWE) Department. The City?s Design and Construction Division operates and maintains the facility with a comprehensive focus on energy conservation measures. As a commitment to sustainability, the City participated in the Clinton Climate Initiative?s Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings. The Clinton Foundation assisted the City of Houston in designing and implementing large-scale energy efficiency retrofit projects. In 2009, a performance contract was awarded to energy management specialist TAC by Schneider Electric. In the first phase, TAC performed energy audits on seven municipal buildings containing 1.2 million square feet of space. One of the first-phase energy upgrade projects involved the Bob Lanier building. Energy enhancements at the facility included updating the building management system; upgrading heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment; retrofitting to new, efficient lighting fixtures; adding lighting controls, and installing new, water-saving plumbing fixtures. The $5 million invested in the project is expected to save more than $612,000 annually with a payback period of a little over eight years.




"The City of Houston is pleased with the results from our first performance contract with Schneider Electric. This project has demonstrated a tremendous impact in reducing the city's energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. We will continue to manage and benchmark energy consumption to improve facility efficiency, operations, and occupant comfort in order to contribute to a more sustainable city.?

-- Scott Minnix, GSD Director, City of Houston

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by City of Houston General Services Department 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.

Service Provider:
Schneider Electric

Building Owner:*
City of Houston General Services Department

Property Manager:*
City of Houston General Services Department

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2012 (77)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 767000 sf

Year Constructed: 1968

Contract Type: Performance Contract
Financing Type: Internal Capital

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies