Mission Critical Projects

HSU’s team is experienced with the expedited scheduling demands associated with Mission Critical Projects, delivering custom, quality, turnkey solutions for Mission Critical Projects with quick, cost-effective service from start to finish. The post-9/11 climate of Washington, DC demanded fast turnaround and heightened security at many federal government facilities. HSU delivered several Mission Critical Projects which met or exceeded its clients' deadlines. The result? HSU’s Mission Critical clients return to the company again and again, based on a proven track record of performing design-build, general contracting, and construction management services in this field.

HSU offers solutions to its clients that are particularly advantageous to Mission Critical Projects, because new technologies continually come on the market, and changes may be needed after start-up.  HSU’s flexibility allows us to make changes throughout the design-build and construction process in order to accommodate the client’s fast-paced requirements, to save time, and to meet both present and future needs.

HSU’s mission critical portfolio includes a number of notable projects:

E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse Anthrax Containment Mailroom

Following the anthrax scare at the United States Capitol and area Post Offices, The U.S. Federal Courthouse required immediate action to protect their personnel and the public from the threat of anthrax-contaminated mail.  HSU was brought in to build an anthrax containment mailroom that incorporated the safety guidelines recently established for containment of biological warfare agents, while maintaining the functionality of a mailroom that serves the United States Court of Appeals, the United States Bankruptcy Court, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Marshals Service, and the General Services Administration.  HSU completed this project at a highly expedited pace, thus allowing this multi-jurisdictional courthouse to continue its day-to-day operations with minimal disruption to its mail services.

Alexandria Courthouse Courtroom Renovation and U.S. Attorney’s Entrance Renovation for the John Walker Lindh and Zacarias Moussaoui Trials

HSU was called upon to complete a fast-track, design-build renovation of two courtrooms and the U.S. Attorney’s Entrance in anticipation of these upcoming notable trials.  The renovation of the courtrooms required installation of the latest technological standards for televising trials and the latest technological security measures, while incorporating the special design requests of the presiding Judges and the General Services Administration.  HSU successfully completed this project by the required deadline.

The renovation of the entrance doors at the U.S. Attorney’s Lobby became a mission critical project in preparation for the heightened security requirements associated with these two trials.  HSU was retained to construct a design-build project that included the installation of ballistic entrance doors, mechanical renovations, and design renovations to the U.S. Attorney’s Entrance lobby.  HSU worked in conjunction with several different agencies to complete a design and deliver a product that met the required security demands, while maintaining the functions required by courthouse personnel.

DEA Field Offices at Ronald Reagan National Airport

After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, HSU was contracted to complete a design-build project to expand the DEA field office at Washington National Airport.  HSU worked in conjunction with the DEA, GSA, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and Fairfax County to provide the DEA with an expanded field office space, to include an interview room and a significant re-design of the space to house an increased number of field federal agents.  Again, HSU successfully completed the construction of an innovative and functional office space at a highly expedited pace, thus allowing the DEA to heighten security at this critical airport during a time of national emergency.

Renovation of the Filene Center at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

HSU was retained to provide a complete renovation of 8,500 square feet of stage floor in addition to the lowering of 45-ton loading galleries at a highly expedited pace to accommodate the Spring Performance Series for this nationally renowned theater, beginning with a sold-out performance by Jewel.  HSU utilized custom manufactured materials shipped from Oregon to complete the required structural renovations on time and within budget.  This project was specially featured in The Washington Post and Channel 4 (NBC) News.

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