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Social Security Administration Annex RenovationWoodlawn, MD

Remarks by
Stephen A. Perry
Administrator
U.s. General Services Administration

Social Security Administration Annex Renovation
Woodlawn, Md.
Nov. 12, 2002

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.

It's certainly a pleasure and an honor for me to be here along with Commissioner Jo Anne Barnhart and Acting Deputy Commissioner Dale Sopper at this special ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Social Security Administration's newly renovated annex.

GSA and the Social Security Administration have a developed a tremendous working relationship over the years, and it continues to be strengthened as our dedicated associates from both agencies work together to achieve successful projects like the one we are celebrating here today. The tradition of working closely together is certainly being continued under the new leadership of Barbara Shelton, GSA's Regional Administrator for the Mid-Atlantic Region, and also of Jan Ziegler, GSA's Assistant Regional Administrator for the Public Buildings Services.

As you may know, GSA plays a critically important role as part of our Nation's federal government. Our mission is to help other federal agencies, like SSA, achieve their missions of service to the American people by providing them with superior workplaces, including office building space, equipment, technology, services, vehicles and supplies and all the things they need for successful operations. The people of GSA are dedicated to delivering outstanding value as we construct, lease, manage, maintain and provide security protection for office buildings, federal courthouses, border stations, child care centers and other facilities as necessary to provide superior workplaces for 1.1 million federal workers. We have a very demanding mission at GSA and we strive to meet the needs of the agencies we serve, one project at a time.

I certainly want to thank and congratulate the GSA project team members for applying their expertise, persistence and hard work in making this SSA Annex renovation project a success.
Thanks and congratulations to:

  •  John Morrell the project manager,
  •  Debbie Phillips the contracting officer,
  •  Tony Dell'Arciprete the project engineer, and
  •  Jean Neal the project space planner.

I'd also like to congratulate the:
 

  •  Lead designer, Whitman Requardt & Associates, or WR&A.
  •  Construction manager, Jacobs Facilities
  •  General contractor, Hensel Phelps Construction Co.; and the
  •  Telecom designer, H. F. Lenz;

Again, thank you all for a fantastic job.

As a matter of fact, I am especially pleased to share the late-breaking news - received just last Friday - that this Social Security Administration Annex renovation has won a special honor - a 2.0 certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, rating system. As you may know, the LEED rating system was designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage and facilitate the development of more sustainable buildings. Congratulations to the entire project design and construction team on an honor that is certainly well deserved.

As some of you know, this Annex renovation is part of a five-phase, multi-building renovation and modernization plan here at SSA's headquarters campus in Woodlawn. The 15-year plan was developed jointly by SSA and GSA and will eventually consolidate SSA operations from leased locations in and around the area. This annex, originally built during the Kennedy Administration, was phase two of the five-phase plan. A moment ago, I mentioned the tremendous working relationship that exists between GSA and SSA. That relationship will be increasingly important as we move forward together to complete the remaining work that is necessary to provide SSA with the modern, highly functional campus needed to meet its future challenges.

Among the future challenges will be things like the "baby boomer" retirements, which will start about eight years from now and cause a significant increase in activity for the Social Security Administration. Each of you who has worked so hard to make this renovation project a success can be proud of the fact that you have helped to position the Social Security Administration to successfully handle challenges like the "baby boomer" retirements and everything else that SSA must do to achieve its mission of service to the American people.

On behalf of SSA and GSA, on behalf of President Bush, and on behalf of all those who benefit from the work of the Social Security Administration, congratulations to all who brought this building from design to completion, and our best wishes for continued success in the years ahead.

Thank you very much.