Exemplar Enterprises, Inc. announced that the General Services Administration (GSA) awarded the company the Janitorial and Related services at the United Nations Plaza Federal Building (UNP) in San Francisco, CA. The UNP is located downtown and is GSA’s Region 9 is the new home of the U.S. General Services Administration’s regional headquarters offices for the Pacific Rim Region.
“Exemplar is privileged to showcase its janitorial services at the heart of the GSA Region 9. Not only is it an honor to partner with the GSA on such a historically significant site, but we also are energized by the idea of being the first contractor to service a building with a living roof, said Martha Lutt, President and Founder of Exemplar. “Among the factors that helped Exemplar secure the contract, was our commitment to green cleaning, green product procurement, and regulation compliance.”
Exemplar will service approximately 350,000 square feet of interior space, 24,000 square feet of indoor courtyard space, and a 14,000 square foot of living roof. The company will provide janitorial and grounds maintenance; to include, a substantial amount of government interior and atrium plants. Further, Exemplar will clean the new fitness center and health clinic, plus provide parking lot care and postal center cleaning. The periodic floor and carpet care, window cleaning, blind cleaning, and pest management. The green cleaning and green product purchasing will play a central role in service the UNP.
Exemplar will service the site during the construction and restoration project. Exemplar expects to assist with the GSA with its LEED® Platinum rating goal. The company will need to comply with the equipment, chemical and product regulation to ensure certification.
Another distinguishing factor is the significant historical importance the UNP has. The building structure contains antique marble and terra cotta tile, original bronze elevators and brass fixtures as well as parquet oak floor. Exemplar helps preserve the UNPs unique qualities and historic elements in coordination with the government and the lead architect who redesigned the open sky courtyard.
The UNP, constructed in 1936, is a major component of the San Francisco Civic Center. The building’s original architect, Arthur Brown Jr., was a prominent San Franciscan and also the designer of San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Opera House. The renovations funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, were completed in 2013. The building an achieved a LEED® Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and has won prestigious design and reconstruction awards. Renovations included environmental remediation; new mechanical, electrical, lighting, and plumbing systems; roof replacement and refurbishment of existing historic wood windows; restoration of the historically significant interiors and central courtyard as well as redesign of office interiors.