Awards of Excellence 2018
Fairmont Washington DC

Fairmont Washington DC
Award of Merit
Best Sustainable Project

Project Team

MetLife - (Owner)
Forrest Perkins and Wimberly Designs - (Architects)
GCS Sigal Construction and HITT Contracting - (General Contractor)
JN&A - (Project Management)
Tishman Speyer - (Consultant)

Executive Summary

Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is a 413-key luxury hotel in DC’s West End that includes 28,000 square feet of meeting space in the overall 411,396 square feet footprint. The property was built in 1985 and acquired by MetLife in 2014.

Upon purchase, the hotel’s existing Energy Management & Control System (EMS), was functioning in a very limited capacity, with frequent errors reported. The EMS, as it was configured at the time of the MetLife purchase, could not control frequency drives, optimize static pressures, alter CHW set points to take advantage of reduced latent load periods, or control fan or pump VFDs to track the actual loads. Early inspections by GHT, the hotel’s MEP consultant, also revealed numerous air leaks, typically at damper actuators and hose junctions. As a result, the engineering team was forced to operate equipment in “hand” mode to keep systems online, which was not only difficult, but inefficient. This practice was also compromising the FLSS smoke control system.

The EMS system is a key tool in achieving energy efficiency improvements related to the HVAC system. Without a fully functional system equipped with higher level functions, it was nearly impossible for the team to effectively regulate building operations and reduce electricity consumption.

GHT also recommended that the hybrid electric/pneumatic system be replaced with a full Direct Digital Control (DDC) system which is much more reliable and requires ignificantly less regular maintenance. This system also eliminates the need to replace the control system air compressor, and reduces energy costs associated with compressing control air.

The Fairmont is one of seven Green Key hotels in Washington DC, and the only one with a 5-Key rating for the 2017 calendar year

Fairmont Washington DC


Signature Sponsor:
Clark Construction Company

Platinum Sponsors:
Brandywine Realty Trust  |   Glass Jacobson  |   The Tower Companies  |   Trammell Crow Company  |   Whiting-Turner

Gold Sponsors:
Akridge  |   Altus Group  |   The Bernstein Companies  |   Bohler Engineering  |   Brookfield  |   CBRE  |   The Chevy Chase Land Company  |   Chicago Title Insurance Company  |   Coakley Williams Construction  |   Cooper Carry  |   Danak  |   EDG2  |   Grosvenor  |   Grunley  |   JBG Smith  |   LCOR  |   Linowes & Blocher LLP  |   MetLife  |   National Building Museum  |   Penzance  |   Powers Brown Architecture  |   RCM&D  |   The RMR Group  |   Ruppert Properties  |   Transwestern  |   US Bank  |   Washington Gas  |   Washington Property Company