DFC Bike Share Pilot Program Reaches Beyond Initial Ridership Expectations
Tenants at the Denver Federal Center could breathe a little easier in summer 2013 thanks to the new DFC B-cycle bike-sharing program that rolled onto campus in early June.
Nearly 900 DFC tenants have enrolled in the pilot program that placed 50 iconic red bikes and six docking stations around campus to facilitate carbon-free transportation across the center. The program aims to make intra-campus transportation more sustainable, allow for easier access to the RTD station on the west side of campus, and increase activity levels of tenants.
To date, users have burned more than 275,000 calories by using DFC B-cycle bikes. By creating a way for tenants to move around campus without a carbon-powered car or electric vehicle, the program has also saved a significant amount of carbon. Users have taken thousands of trips across campus since the bikes arrived in June. More than 6,500 pounds of carbon have been offset by DFC tenants using DFC B-cycle bikes in the same period. DFC B-cycle bikes calculate carbon offset using onboard computers and GPS units, measuring number of trips taken, miles ridden, and duration of trips.
DFC tenants can still sign up for the program at dfc.bcycle.com. Once registered, new users can pick up their DFC B-cards by appointment at Building 41 in order to access bikes.
The popular program will remain open in the autumn as long as good weather holds. Users will be notified of a specific winter hiatus date via email.
Energy Performance Upgrades Present Savings and Jobs
GSA Rocky Mountain Region just recently awarded a $10.8 Million Energy Savings Performance Contract task order through the Department of Energy to McKEss Holdings, Inc. The contract is for GSA owned and operated facilities at the Denver Federal Center and throughout the six-state region. The project includes the implementation of 36 distinct Energy Conservation Measures in 15 buildings on the DFC with a total energy savings of over 34,000 MMBtu/year and water savings of 2000 kgal/year. That is the equivalent to removing 1,193 passenger vehicles from the road or equal to the electricity used in about 62 average sized homes for a year.
The measures, which include everything from improving building systems performance to new lighting, will be fully designed and constructed by November 2014. This exciting project will move GSA towards meeting several national and regional energy and water conservation goals and enhance the sustainable operations of the DFC campus.
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GSA Celebrates And Recognizes National Arts & Humanities Month
Throughout the year the Rocky Mountain Region U.S. General Services Administration recognizes and supports the arts and especially so during October when the country celebrates Arts & Humanities Month in America.
The arts have played a significant role in shaping our country’s culture and legacy. Art in all its forms often challenges us to consider new perspectives and to rethink how we see the world. Something many don’t consider is how the arts contribute to the country’s economy. According to recent research that was conducted on behalf of the Americans for the Arts, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $135.2 billion dollars of economic activity. That economic activity had a significant impact on the nation's economy, supporting 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs, and generating $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state and federal governments.
There are new art developments around the DFC. Next summer you’ll see new exterior art on the campus by artist Andrea Zittel. And starting early next year, Building 41 will feature a new art display wall in one of its main corridors. A new art hanging system will be installed to allow for multiple pieces to be displayed without damage to the walls. Several rotating exhibits are planned for next year with each exhibit being on display for about two months.
Musicians, artists, and poets all contribute to shaping our great Nation’s economy and culture. GSA helps make the arts accessible to the public as well as demonstrate its support for it. For more information, take a virtual art tour of some of our downtown Denver art work. Go to: www.pinterest.com/usgsa