U.S. General Services Administration

Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building

Project at a Glance

Bangor, ME





Project Type


Project Overview

  • Full replacement of M/E/P systems while maintaining critical government operations at all times
  • Extensive use of night shifts to minimize construction impacts
  • Construction of specialized interior program areas, many with high security requirements, to serve government functions

Originally constructed in 1967, the three-story Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building was in critical need of new M/E/P systems, interior renovations, code upgrades, a new data center and exterior envelope improvements to bring the building up to modern standards. In addition, the chiller/cooling tower was replaced, as well as the 11-unit AHU system and the 2,000 AMP electrical service. The project also included many sustainable features, including exterior scope to enhance energy efficiency and the installation of a geothermal well system.

Procured under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the CM at Risk method, all work needed to be phased while maintaining critical government operations, including the services provided by the District Court and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The building is located in the heart of downtown Bangor, which required detailed logistics and mitigation approaches.