Thomas P. O'Neal Jr Federal Building

Located a stone’s throw from the nation’s Capital, the 50+ year-old facility began life as a laboratory for the Food and Drug Administration. Known simply as “FOB 8” in Government parlance, it was considered a dated, unoccupied eyesore. Today, the 9-story, 545,000 SF building is a contemporary, light-filled Class-A office building with LEED Platinum rating, and one of GSA’s most technologically adorned and complex facilities.

The dramatic renovation of this building from an obsolete, unattractive and underutilized into a showcase of the Federal workplace epitomizes the “ultimate make-over.” The renovation involved re-envisioning the building skin, as well as extensive interior demolition and the configuration and fit-out of space for its tenants: the Department of Health & Human Services and the Architect of the Capitol.  In early 2013, the building was renamed the Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Federal Building after the late former House Speaker to honor his 34 years in the House of Representatives.

Heery and GSA worked together to transform the nondescript FOB 8 into a modern, environmentally sustainable and high-performance Green Building that ultimately achieved LEED Platinum Certification.

Key components of this project include the following:

  • Ensuring that tenant agency goals were met
  • Fulfilling the requirements of GSA’s construction standards
  • Keeping the project within budget
  • Reviewing design documents
  • Assisting in procurement of builder services
  • Reviewing/analyzing builder baseline construction schedules and monthly updates
  • Overseeing Quality Assurance inspections




Washington, DC


545,000 SF


LEED Project of the Year | USGBC Award of Excellence 2014 Silver Award Building Design + Construction 30th Annual Reconstruction Awards, Washington Building Congress 2013 Craftsmanship Award Metal Fabrication