Project Announcement: P.W. Rodino Federal Building


aerial view of Rodino building rendering

We have some pretty exciting news!

Tocci, and our joint venture partner L.F. Driscoll, were just awarded a $107.9m General Services Administration (GSA) Design-Build contract, to execute the modernization of the Peter W. Rodino Federal Building in Newark, NJ. See the official press release with all the details below:

April 19, 2010, Bala Cynwyd, PA, and Woburn, MA — “Tocci/Driscoll, a Joint Venture has been awarded the $107.9m General Services Administration (GSA) Design-Build contract, funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to execute the modernization of the Peter W. Rodino Federal Building in Newark, NJ. Tocci/Driscoll is a partnership of construction management firms Tocci Building Corporation, Woburn, MA, and L.F. Driscoll, Co., LLC, Bala Cynwyd, PA. Tocci/Driscoll will oversee an extensive scope of structural, operational, and aesthetic restoration, enhancement, and upgrade work on the downtown structure and home to regional offices of several U.S. government agencies. Tocci/Driscoll has engaged KlingStubbins, Cambridge, MA, and Philadelphia, PA, as architects of record for the program designed by Dattner Architects, NY, NY.

The Peter W. Rodino Federal Building, named after Newark native and 40-year member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1949 – 1989), is a 16-story, 467,000-square-foot precast concrete building constructed in 1968. Previous renovations have provided an upgrade to the HVAC system and some interior improvements on several floors.  The 2010 – 2014 improvement program incorporates the gut rehab, including asbestos abatement, of the remaining nine floors of office space and a major overhaul of the MEP system. In addition to the interior work, the exterior façade will undergo full restoration and repair at all elevations followed by the installation of a glass curtainwall overclad. The curtain wall will imbue the aging building with a striking new aesthetic that enhances the Newark cityscape. Combined, the MEP and facade improvements are designed to achieve a targeted LEED® Silver certification. Completion will represent the largest LEED® certified renovation undertaken to date by the GSA, the nation’s landlord.

The Tocci/Driscoll and KlingStubbins team will employ advanced Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technologies in the planning and execution of the project. The project will represent the GSA’s strongest foray into the use of 3D, 4D and 5D technologies as a means of markedly improving building quality, cost, and schedule, and streamlining the overall process of delivering new or renovated buildings into service for the U.S. Government.”

L.F. Driscoll Co., LLC

L.F. Driscoll Co, LLC, Bala Cynwyd, PA, a member of the Structure Tone family of independent companies, is the largest locally-based construction manager in the Philadelphia region. The firm has served New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland since 1929 providing Construction Management-at-Risk, Agency Construction Management, Design-Build, and General Construction. L.F. Driscoll is ranked by Engineering-News Record as one of the Nation’s top Construction Managers-At-Risk.


Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars and $24 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles.

GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 historic properties, and as manager of, the official portal to federal government information and services.

GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions, and management policies, at the best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

To transform federal buildings into higher performing, greener buildings, GSA has awarded construction projects to more than 500 companies creating jobs in all 50 states, 2 territories, and the District of Columbia by investing $4 billion in Recovery Act funds.