Contract Amount
Project Type
Electrical Construction
Project Owner
General Services Administration
General Contractor
Electrical Contractor
FSG Houston
Engineering Firm
CHPA-Bury Partners

Mickey Leland Federal Building Houston, Texas

Case Study
FSG Supplies Electrical Construction Support for Award-Winning GSA High-Rise Renovation


The G.T. “Mickey” Leland Federal Building is located in downtown Houston, and after more than 25 years the facility was starting to show its age. The General Services Administration (GSA), responsible for managing the facility, recognized that a major renovation project was in the building’s future. The GSA initiated an extensive design-build selection process, eventually settling on Gensler and Gilbane as the design-build team to manage the project.

The 22-story high-rise office tower was in need of comprehensive modernization and upgrades, including a complete facade replacement to mitigate air and water infiltration while delivering higher energy efficiency. In addition, planned renovations included HVAC modernization, ADA improvements, completely new ceilings and lighting systems, and upgrades to the building lobby and common areas such as the public plaza, garage, and the breezeway/tunnel connection between these spaces.

Because the building is home to more than 15 federal government agencies and a number of congressional offices, the GSA needed the building to remain occupied and fully functioning during the project.

With an eye on the project scale and an understanding of the degree of professionalism required to complete this project, Gilbane turned to FSG’s Houston branch to provide the electrical construction services for the Mickey Leland Federal Building.


Building operation continuity, tenant safety, and minimal disruption for tenants were major goals of the project execution. With those factors in mind, FSG’s project management team got to work.

For this project, FSG provided electrical design assist, BIM coordination, and replacement of all lighting, controls, various power requirements, and a fire alarm system for the tower.


When completed, the project delivered a shining new version of the Mickey Leland Federal Building that was consistent with the GSA’s goal of improving the public’s “first impressions” of the building. With a soaring appearance and a dramatically improved visitor and tenant experience, the GSA was thrilled with the outcome.

For Gilbane and Gensler, the project was also a smashing success, with the facility earning a LEED Platinum certification and the project as a whole winning the Innovative Energy Project of the Year award from the Association of Energy Engineers.

For FSG, the project provided another reminder that customer success is our first priority, and that only when our customers succeed in meeting their goals have we truly done our job.

FSG projects consistently deliver excellence for our  customers, for our employees, and for the communities we serve.

We see each project as an opportunity to embrace our mission and provide superior value through quality products, service, and support.

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