Hensel Phelps Wins Contract to Build Social Security Center

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor The U.S. General Services Administration announced it has awarded a $191.6 million contract to Chantilly, Va.–based Hensel Phelps Construction Co. for the design and construction of a new Social Security Administration data center in Urbana. The [...]

The U.S. General Services Administration announced it has awarded a $191.6 million contract to Chantilly, Va.–based Hensel Phelps Construction Co. for the design and construction of a new Social Security Administration data center in Urbana. The 300,000-square-foot building will be known as the National Support Center and will replace the administration’s existing data center in Woodlawn, Md., which is quickly becoming obsolete.

The new facility will be located at the business park off MD 80 in Urbana, and will include data, office and warehouse space. Urbana was selected for the new facility last year, winning against Woodlawn in Baltimore County, which was already home to a large Social Security complex.

The Social Security Administration acquired the site along Interstate 270 in late August 2011. The property is part of the Urbana Corporate Center, home to a 60,000-square-foot Fannie Mae data center.

The building has been approved for LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainable materials will be used in the construction of the new facility, and it will incorporate renewable technology such as energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.

The existing data center was built in 1979. As it is rapidly approaching the end of its useful life, the pressure is growing to complete the new project quickly. The agency expects the building will be completed in 2015. When finished, the new center is expected to employ 200 workers. IT will also create local construction jobs.

The Hensel Phelps Construction Co. (HPCC) is one of the largest general contractors and construction managers in the United States. Founded in 1937 in Greely, Colo., it builds commercial, institutional, industrial, defense and other specialty projects. It competed for the contract with Turner and DPR.