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GSA Wins Eight of 35 NEA Degisn Awards

GSA # 9678

April 26, 2000
Contact: Viki Reath 202-501-1231


WASHINGTON -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) won eight of 35 Federal Design Achievement Awards for 2000 presented by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

"It is gratifying to know that we at GSA are helping to ensure that good design is an integral part of responsible stewardship," said Robert A. Peck, GSA's Public Buildings Service Commissioner, who accepted the awards on the part of the agency. "At GSA, we have intensified our design excellence efforts through our Office of the Chief Architect, and the achievements are greater each year. Public buildings are not just places where public business is conducted, but represent what government is about. As such, GSA strives to build buildings designed by the best designers working in America today."

The quadrennial Federal Design Achievement Awards were established in 1983 as part of the Presidential Design Awards program. This year's award-winners now are under consideration for Presidential Awards for Design Excellence, which are presented by the President for the highest quality of design based on international standards.

Bill Ivey, NEA's chairman, presented the awards at the Women in Military Service For America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery on
April 20. GSA's eight winning projects, chosen from 338 entries by 22 private-sector designers, are:

California:
Calexico - U.S. Port of Entry (architecture)
Menlo Park - Vincent E. McKelvey Federal Building (architecture)
San Francisco - U.S. Court of Appeals (historic preservation)
Massachusetts:
Boston - U.S. Courthouse (architecture)
Maryland
Bowie - U.S. Census Bureau National Data Processing Center (architecture)
Minnesota
Minneapolis - U.S. Federal Courthouse Plaza (landscape architecture)
New York:
Niagara Falls - U.S. Customs and Immigration Center, Rainbow Bridge (architecture)
Washington:
Point Roberts - U.S. Port of Entry (architecture)