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BANNISTER FEDERAL COMPLEX NEWS


Last Agency to Leave Bannister Finds New Home

GSA announced recently the new leased location for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Logistics Support Center (NLSC) and National Reconditioning Center (NRC), which are currently located at the Bannister Federal Complex.

Both NLSC and NRC will relocate to a 222,500 square foot facility at 14200 Merritt Road in Grandview, Mo. The agencies will be the first tenants in a planned business and industrial park. About 80 employees work for the NLSC and NRC, which are part of the Department of Commerce. The Centers are scheduled to begin moving in fall 2015, and completing the move by year’s end.

As the last agency scheduled to vacate Bannister, the relocation helps ensure the timely transfer or sale of the Complex.

“I’m proud of the GSA team who worked hard to ensure we secured a competitively-priced location that also met the unique needs of the NOAA centers,” said GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. “With our own relocation approaching soon, we remain focused on our partnership with NNSA to ensure Bannister is in the best possible position for reuse or redevelopment.”

All current Bannister Federal Complex tenants are now in the process of relocating or actively working toward vacating the facility in 2015. GSA, which owns one-third of the Complex, is expected to begin its relocation to downtown Kansas City, Mo., December 2014. The National Nuclear Security Administration, which owns two-thirds of the Complex, is expected to complete its relocation in 2015.

GSA and NNSA are working closely together to ensure the facility is in the best position possible for redevelopment. Both agencies will maintain responsibility for environmental monitoring and any required cleanup.

 

USDA Warehouse to Move from Bannister to South KC

In the first major relocation lease from the GSA-owned side of the Bannister Federal Complex, a key Department of Agriculture warehouse operation will move from Building 41 to a complex being built at Missouri 150 and Botts Road.

The USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) operation houses veterinary pharmaceuticals and related supplies. Under a recently awarded lease, APHIS next year will move its materials into about 100,000 square feet of warehouse space that CenterPoint Properties is developing across the highway from the new National Nuclear Security Administration campus. The APHIS portion of the 300,000-square-foot intermodal commerce complex will include about 2,300 square feet of office space. The lease is for 15 years, with five years firm.

“This is another significant step in vacating the 70-year-old Bannister Federal Complex,” said GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. “GSA employees continue their hard work to ensure Bannister is in the best position possible for redevelopment.”

The APHIS mission, according to the agency, includes “protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.” To that end, the new APHIS space will be 100 percent cooled and heated, which is unusual for typical warehouse space. Materials from the APHIS warehouse are shipped all over the country.

USDA expects the five-person APHIS warehouse team to take occupancy at the new location in September 2014, with plans to fully vacate Building 41 at Bannister by December 2014. The operation has been housed at Building 41 since 2008.

The APHIS lease comes amid GSA activity on multiple tracks to execute relocation from the 71-year-old Bannister complex. It was announced in December that GSA’s Heartland Regional Office will move from Bannister to five floors of the Two Pershing Square office building at 2300 Main Street in Kansas City. That move process is expected to begin about a year from now and conclude in the spring of 2015.

Several months ago, NNSA began moving from its portion of the Bannister complex to its sprawling Kansas City Plant and campus on Botts Road. That move will continue through 2014. In 2012, NNSA announced that CenterPoint was selected as the planning partner for future uses of the Bannister complex.

 

Two Pershing Square to be the New Home for GSA Regional Headquarters

Picture of 2 Pershing Square in Kansas City, MOTwo Pershing Square, an 11-story building at 2300 Main St. just east of Union Station, will be the new GSA Heartland Regional Office.

Regional Administrator Jason Klumb made the announcement to employees on Monday, Dec. 9, in an email notice and later went into detail at a packed town hall meeting at the Bannister Federal Complex.

All GSA offices at Bannister are scheduled to begin moving to the new location in December 2014, with the move process continuing into the spring of 2015. Klumb said that the GSA lease, for 132,000 square feet of the building’s total 490,000 square feet, was finalized on Dec. 6, culminating a year-long acquisition process.

“It was a 12-month competitive bidding process to select our new location in downtown Kansas City, Mo.,” he said. “We received several great offers, ensuring a competitive price for taxpayers,”

“Our move will bring 900 jobs to the central business area, helping Kansas City, Missouri, businesses grow,” Klumb continued. “That’s 900 more people eating in local restaurants and drinking at coffeehouses, becoming a part of the KCMO community. This move also provides an opportunity for hundreds more to use Kansas City mass transit, bikeshare and the new streetcar.”

GSA will occupy floors 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 of the building. Current federal tenants include the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration.

Klumb said that more town hall meetings will be scheduled over time, as the next phase of relocation takes shape. He also reminded workers that personal property disposal and document digitization are key elements of the office move, noting that the new Regional Office will have a dramatically smaller footprint than the space at Bannister.

Workers are advised to visit https://insite.gsa.gov/r6move (link only accessible on the GSA network) for a special collection of Frequently Asked Questions and answers, more photos of Two Pershing Square, parking information, a list of building amenities and more details about the relocation process.

 

Robust, quiet competition

Letter to the Editor, Kansas City Business Journal, March 14, 2013

The U.S. General Services Administration owns and leases more than 10 million square feet of space in the Kansas City area. Our professionals oversee office, warehouse, and manufacturing space for many of the area's 28,000 federal employees. We are proud of what we do, and tenants consistently rank the Heartland Region among the best in the nation.

A year ago, I announced that GSA's Regional Headquarters would be relocating out of the Bannister Federal Complex. This is the next step to building a new future for the WWII manufacturing plant and moving 1,000 federal employees to downtown, helping to bolster the Kansas City metro area. We began the leasing process in December 2012, which will lead to an announcement of our new location later this year and our move late in 2014.

It is good for taxpayers to have robust competition, and we welcome that.  To ensure taxpayers are getting the best value, and to ensure the integrity of the competition, those involved do not disclose procurement information. This is consistent with the Procurement Integrity Act (41 U.S.C. §423).

It’s an exciting time for GSA as we work to build a new future in Kansas City. I thank the Business Journal and the community for understanding the confidentiality needed in the process.

Jason Klumb
GSA Regional Administrator for the Heartland Region

 

GSA to Leave Bannister in 2014 for Leased Space Downtown

The General Services Administration will move out of the Bannister Federal Complex before the end of 2014 and relocate approximately 1,000 federal employees to downtown Kansas City.

Officials said the decision to vacate Bannister comes as potential buyers have expressed interest in acquiring the entire complex – the GSA-owned space as well as the larger portion controlled by the National Nuclear Security Administration.

The GSA-owned portion of the Bannister space – about one-third of the total 300-acre complex – houses nine federal agencies, including GSA Heartland Region headquarters. Regional Administrator Jason Klumb said that GSA will work with the other federal agencies in the coming months to determine appropriate locations.

Klumb said a downtown relocation site for GSA has not been determined. In selecting office space for all federal agencies, GSA will follow federal lease acquisition regulations to meet site and space requirements.

“After weighing potential redevelopment, our evolving workplace environment, and the benefits and risks of staying, we determined it was in the best interest of tenants, employees and the Kansas City community that we depart Bannister,” Klumb said in a Feb. 15 message to the Heartland Region. “Leasing teams will be working closely with our tenant agencies to determine their requirements.”

GSA conducted a town hall meeting for employees on Feb. 16 at Bannister. Klumb and U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, whose 5th Congressional District includes the Kansas City area, fielded questions from workers. Klumb and Cleaver said that federal employees will be kept informed through the relocation process as such issues as parking and day-care availability are worked out. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure this is as seamless a move as possible,” Cleaver said.

Klumb and Cleaver noted that the move in 2014 is in anticipation of a new downtown Kansas City federal building that has been proposed but not yet funded.

 

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