We reach citizens and consumers, businesses, and government customers in the four states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada, as well as overseas in American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Diego Garcia, Guam, mainland Japan and Okinawa, the Republic of Korea, Saipan, and Singapore.
Our Public Affairs Office for the Pacific Rim, located in San Francisco, issues media releases and advisories to provide important information on regional GSA activities, events, and projects that impact and serve these audiences.
GSA breathes new life into historic Civic Center Plaza landmark
Modernized federal building to reopen as GSA regional headquarters
November 6, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Edwin Lee and local leaders gathered to celebrate the completion of a major renovation to one of the Civic Center’s cornerstone facilities, the 50 United Nations Plaza Federal Building (50 UNP). A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the building’s central courtyard to celebrate the reopening of the historic landmark as the home of GSA’s Pacific Rim Regional headquarters.
Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this project provided much needed repairs and seismic upgrades to the federal building. It also brought the historic building up to 21st century office space standards and incorporated many sustainable design strategies. The renovation included: environmental remediation; new mechanical, electrical, lighting, and plumbing systems; roof replacement and refurbishment of existing historic wood windows; restoration of the historically significant interiors and central courtyard, as well as redesign of work spaces to create an open, collaborative office environment. The building now includes photovoltaic panels to generate electricity and its living roof is a verdant insulator. Incorporation of these high-performance green building features is expected to result in a LEED® Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“In today’s environment, sustainability and stewardship are predominant drivers in the design and maintenance of our federal portfolio,” said Ruth Cox, GSA Pacific Rim Regional Administrator. “GSA recognizes that we not only have an obligation to increase the sustainability of the federal government by reducing cost of operations and the environmental impact of its buildings, but also to provide workspaces that will reshape the culture of the Federal workforce.”
Aircraft center of expertise achieves record jet engine sale, another success in year of firsts
Earlier this year, Region 9’s Personal Property Management sales team forged a first-time partnership with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to sell four GE jet engines still attached to a Boeing 747. In July, each engine auctioned at nearly $4 million – the first ever to be sold for more than a million by our aircraft center of expertise – for a record-breaking total above $15 million.
The sale recently closed following the removal of the engines from an aircraft stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. The sales process was complex and took over three months in order to ensure full compliance with applicable statutory, administrative and procedural requirements. For example, the sale of any single item above $3 million requires Department of Justice approval as prescribed by the Antitrust Statute.
“This has been another banner year for the entire Personal Property Management Division and our sales team that specializes in aircraft,” said division director Ralph Cervantes. “Not only are we producing record-breaking sales, more importantly, we’re signing on first-time customers because of our ability to demonstrate process convenience, cost savings to the agency, and overall value to the American taxpayer when you consider that these sales proceeds offset new acquisition costs.”
This initiative is the result of collaborative efforts between the GSA Office of Government-wide Policy’s aviation policy team, Region 9 Personal Property Management staff, the Missile Defense Agency, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, and the successful bidder, U.S.-based Jetran LLC aircraft leasing company.
Region 9 large player in GSA Food Recycling Program
GSA has taken a lead role in the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge with its own Food Recycling Program. On a national level, GSA incorporates food waste composting language (where feasible) into its contracts with custodial and cafeteria contractors. Currently, 29 GSA facilities are diverting food waste to composting. More than half of those are in California. Diversions include both pre-consumer food waste from kitchen prep areas and post-consumer compostable waste from cafeterias and employee kitchenettes. EPA launched the challenge in 2011. The Region 9 Facilities Management and Service Programs Division Concessions Officer, Custodial Building Management Specialists and Recycling Coordinator work closely together to identify and evaluate future food recycling opportunities.
LA Courthouse subcontracting event highlights small business opportunities
In August, the Pacific Rim Region joined design-build contractor Clark Construction and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Small Business Policy in co-hosting a subcontracting outreach event dedicated to the new U.S. Courthouse in Los Angeles. The event was a great success with more than 180 small business representatives attending. It provided small businesses an opportunity to network with Clark Construction and learn about the overall project, construction schedule, and available contracting opportunities. In an effort to support economic growth in the region and create local jobs, aggressive small business subcontracting goals have been established for this project. These goals include: 52 percent – Small Business (overall); 10 percent – Small Disadvantaged Business including 8(a); 10 percent – Woman-owned Small Business; 5 percent – HUBZone business; 6 percent – Veteran-owned Small Business; and 6 percent – Service-disabled Veteran-owned Small Business.