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SSA National Support Center wins 2015 Alliant Build America Award
The Social Security Administration National Support Center (SSA NSC) in Urbana, MD, was recently honored at the 2015 Alliant Build America Awards ceremony on March 19, 2015, as the Merit Winner in the Federal and Heavy Construction – New, category.
Mid-Atlantic Region PBS collaborated with SSA and contracting partners to complete the 300,000 square foot NSC, SSA’s mission critical data center that provides computer operations essential to prompt and accurate benefits payments to Americans. The $209 million state-of-the-art facility achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification, and its scalable design allows for a smooth transition to future IT upgrades and emerging technologies.
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) manages the Alliant Build America Awards, which honor the nation's most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions.
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Praises GSA for Boat Procurements
GSA Personal Property Management recently received extensive praise from the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge of the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), for saving them money and resources. The refuge is comprised of over 36,000 acres within parts of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The customer wrote a powerful testimony, stating, “As a land manager of National Wildlife Refuge, I have been involved in the reuse of excess Federal property and supplies for about 25 years. So much has been accomplished for wildlife and people as a result of the allocations by GSA to my similarly situated peers elsewhere in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Honestly, there are so many successes that are directly attributed to the GSA allocations that actually allow us to ‘do more with less’ financial and human resources.”
FWS had originally put together a request for a potential $188,000 FY15 equipment purchase, because they were in need of a boat to support their activities. Soon after, GSA was able to allocate them two boats, for free, to satisfy all of their needs. Both boats will be used by FWS employees in support of National Wildlife Refuge System objectives, including continued Hurricane Sandy disaster relief and recovery work.
FWS was also the beneficiary of some excess pressure treated lumber via GSAxcess, which enabled them to construct a 1.2 mile long universally accessible birding and nature trail. The trail was officially opened on October 25, 2014, via elevated walkways through very irregular topography. It is very popular, and received the 2014 Paul Winske Access Award from the Stavros Center for Independent Living for “going the extra mile in offering access to persons with disabilities.”
The customer says this project would not have been possible without the lumber transfer by GSA.