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Administrator Doan Pulls Back Curtain on New FDA Engineering and Physics Lab

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Remarks by
Lurita A. Doan
Administrator
U.S. General Services Administration
FDA Engineering and Physics Lab Building Dedication
White Oak, Maryland
June 15, 2007


Thank you very much, Tony (Reed).

Commissioner Von Eschenbach …

Congressman Wynn …

and to all of you here to help us celebrate this fantastic achievement: Good morning!

I’m very proud to be with you today.  The FDA Engineering and Physics Lab is a perfect example of how GSA was intended to function -- as the federal government’s premiere provider of worldclass workspace, enabling our client agencies to focus on their core missions of service to our citizens. This is what President Truman envisioned when he signed GSA into existence 58 years ago, and what the current generation of GSA employees is delivering to our agency clients here in White Oak and throughout the nation.

The FDA has the incredible responsibility of protecting and advancing the public health. It must assure the safety and security of the drugs we take and the food we eat. It speeds innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer and more affordable. This lab will play an important role in achieving that critical mission. I’m very proud that GSA was able to provide a facility that is superior in every way, and environmentally friendly to boot!

Reaching this day was not easy, and we certainly did not do it alone. A dedication ceremony does not come to pass without plenty of dedication. We had that on this project. We had dedication, talent and persistence in abundance. I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge:

  • Dr. Von Eschenbach, Director Kessler, and the entire team from FDA, with a special nod to Program Executive David Dwyer;
  • Congressman Wynn and all members of the Maryland Congressional delegation who helped secure the funding for this project;
  • State Senator Jamie Raskin and former Maryland State Senator President Pro Tem Ida Ruben;
  • the honorable Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Executive;
  • the design architects and engineers: the Kling / RTKL Partnership;
  • our builder, Tompkins Builders, Inc.;
  • the construction manager, Heery / Tishman;
  • and last, National Capital Region Assistant Regional Administrator Ann Everett and the GSA project team, led by project executive Shapour Ebadi.

Can we please give them all a round of applause?

Thank you.

Last, I want to offer my thanks and best wishes to the FDA Employees who will actually be working here day in and day out. State-of-the-art research is best accomplished with state-of-the-art facilities; I hope the new Engineering and Physics Lab is not only functional, but inspiring as well.

I also look forward to returning here many times as GSA continues work on the overall FDA campus, a campus that will one day hopefully enable all FDA employees to work cohesively in a network of 14 interconnected buildings .

With the opening of this lab, we take another important step forward.

Congratulations and thank you for allowing me to be a part of today’s ceremony.