GSA Helps SSA Cut Costs with Consolidation in Philadelphia
GSA partnered with Social Security Administration (SSA) Mid-Atlantic Social Security Center representatives to strategize ways to consolidate SSA’s existing Philadelphia real estate portfolio. SSA had a lease encompassing nearly 19,000 square feet dedicated for the operations of the SSA Regional Training Center in Philadelphia. Through thoughtful and strategic planning, GSA worked with SSA to consolidate this operation into SSA Mid-Atlantic Social Security Center’s existing federal space at 300 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia.
“We are very pleased with the services provided by GSA for our Regional Training Center project,” says SSA Building Management Team Leader Chris Giles. “GSA’s approach gave us access to top notch and competent architects, construction management and contractors. The end result is a first rate training center that consolidated our space and saved us $290,000 in annual rent and $140,000 in guard services. We are very appreciative of GSA’s services.”
In addition to renovating SSA’s existing federal space to accommodate the new Regional Training Center, GSA also renovated the existing auditorium, public address system, and upgraded the facility’s elevators. The auditorium required updated lighting and updated finishes, as well as a new stage floor and sound system.
GSA awarded a $4.6M contract to SJ Thomas to fulfill the build-out and facility renovations. The new Regional Training Center serves approximately 180 people and hosts an instructor’s room, six classrooms with modern audio-visual support, and a breakout kitchenette area. The SSA auditorium accommodates 450 people and serves as a vital locale for SSA’s many onsite events.
SSA needed the auditorium quickly, and the project team of GSA, SSA, and SJ Thomas partnered well to meet the challenge, accomplishing the renovation on time, on budget, and all while maintaining minimal disruptions.
Completed in December 2013, this project is a great example of how GSA partners with our clients to assist them in consolidating space and saving money, while improving their workplaces so they can continue performing their important missions.