GSA Dedicates 2 New Buildings at White Oak FDA Headquarters
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Two more buildings at the Food and Drug Administration’s White Oak Federal Research Center Consolidation project in Silver Spring, Maryland, are open for business.
On Monday, representatives from GSA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the FDA marked the completion of Buildings 31 and 32, which will house FDA’s Office of the Commissioner, along with components from the Office of Regulatory Affairs and the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Buildings 31 and 32 encompass 481,000 square feet, and contain employee offices and shared-use space that support all the departments on the campus. The shared use facilities include a 325-seat cafeteria and a large multiuse meeting room that can be subdivided and numerous other meeting rooms.
While addressing the crowd of more than 300 attendees at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said the entire project has long-range implications.
“We’re making progress one building at a time. But we’re doing more than building buildings; we’re building America’s future,” Mikulski said during the event. “It’s been a long fight, but we are closer to the finish line. I’m proud to cut the ribbon on two new buildings today. I will continue to fight to make sure the FDA consolidation project and the agency’s dedicated employees have the resources they need to fulfill their public missions.”
Bob Peck, GSA’s Public Buildings Commissioner, said this project marks another milestone.
“At GSA, we pride ourselves on creating buildings that are worthy of the American people. Here, we have created buildings and a campus worthy of the mission and of the men and women of the FDA. In addition to providing an attractive, productive, and collaborative workplace, we have created sustainable buildings that promote employee health and wellness, important everywhere but nowhere so much as for an agency that maintains the health and wellness of all Americans.
"The project is also a model of collaboration among GSA project executives, private sector designers and builders, the FDA leadership, the Maryland congressional delegation, Montgomery County, and White Oak community activists,” Peck said.
“Here, we're proud of buildings worthy of the FDA, especially since they are important to the health of the American people,” Peck said.
Peck also touted the significance of the projects’ rating by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – currently targeted for Gold – citing the project as an excellent example of green building and green development.
The project began in 1995 when Congress directed GSA to consolidate numerous FDA facilities in suburban Maryland at this site, which had just been closed under the latest round of Base Realignment and Closure Commission decisions. It was formerly known as the Naval Surface Warfare Center.