GSA Announces Winners of Real Property Award
GSA # 10178
September 12, 2005
Contact: Viki Reath (202) 501-1231
Washington, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced that teams from the Veterans Affairs (VA) and Treasury departments, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and GSA have won awards or received honorable mention in GSA’s Real Property Award Program.
GSA's Real Property Award Program, open to all federal employees, was created in 1997 to promote innovative practices and policies that would improve management of the federal government’s real property assets and workplaces. Each winning team shares a $10,000 cash prize. Individual winners receive $5,000. Teams that win Honorable Mention receive certificates.
Awards are given in three categories:
- Best innovative practice
- Best innovative policy
- Adopted best practice
Employees who adapt and use one of innovative practices and policies posted on www.gsa.gov in E-Practice Library may be eligible to compete in the “adopted best practices” category.
“GSA is proud to advocate world-class innovations and leading practices by honoring ‘winners’ in Federal asset management and workplace development,” said GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry. “GSA's Real Property Award Program recognizes achievement in federal asset management, consistent with Administration goals.”
The 2005 independent jury, which included a Canadian government real-estate representative and three commercial real estate/workplace experts, selected the following winners from 17 submissions, representing 12 federal departments and agencies:
Innovative Best Practice or Policy Category Winners are:
- GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Communications and Energy Center of Expertise for Energy 2004, the federal government’s First Certified Green Meeting/Trade Show, which used emission offsets and other "greening" measures.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Administration, for an Enhanced-Use Lease with Catholic Charities, which generated funds to finance improvements to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Il.
Adopted Best Practice Winner is:
- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC), for adapting a National Capital Planning Commission state-of-the-art design-and-construction technology in the FDIC Phase II Security Initiatives.
- Department of the Treasury’s Hoteling project, in which Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration used telecommuting as part of a workspace design that accommodates more people in a smaller space and also reduces costs.
- GSA's Denver Federal Center Service Center’s initiative, Replace Automobiles with Electric Vehicles, which helps create a sustainable facility.
Stanley Kaczmarczyk, Deputy Associate Administrator for Real Property Management, will present the awards at a ceremony, October 6, 2005 at the American Institute of Architects Building. The 2005 best practice and policy submissions will appear in a POLICYSITE Special Edition, an Office of Real Property newsletter, scheduled to be posted in September at www.gsa.gov/realpropertypolicy.