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GSA's Hixon To Direct Construction Excellence Program

GSA #9668

April 5, 2000
Contact: VikiReath (202) 501-1231

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has appointed Robert Hixon to the new post of Director of Construction and Engineering. Hixon, the 30-year, GSA construction management veteran, who oversaw the final construction stage of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, will oversee GSA's new Construction Excellence Program, housed in the Office of the Chief Architect.

"The Construction Excellence Program will enable GSA to improve our on-time, on-budget construction record, and at the same time deliver high-quality construction services to match the world-class architecture that we are commissioning," said Robert A. Peck, commissioner of GSA's Public Buildings Service. "Bob Hixon has the expertise, drive and credibility to get us to those goals."

With Construction Excellence, GSA is taking steps to expand competition for its construction contracts in order to improve the overall quality of Federal buildings. The program's three primary objectives are to procure the highest qualified construction service talent as early as practicable, establish and manage reliable budgets and improve business practices to deliver the best project for the best value.

The program, implemented in spring 1999, develops recommendations, in collaboration with private industry, which will have significant impacts on GSA project delivery methods. Construction Excellence focuses on recognizing quality construction and using construction research organizations and other tools to improve product design and customer and contractor relations.

"If we focus on those things, that's what we'll be able to achieve," Hixon said.

In 1969, Hixon joined GSA's National Capital Region in Washington, D.C., moving on to become Construction Engineer on the Honolulu Federal Building and Courthouse and a construction project management executive in GSA's National Capital Region.

Hixon supervised construction of the FBI-Washington Metropolitan Field Office and the U.S. Secret Service Headquarters Building, also in Washington, D.C., and the National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Va. He was assigned to complete construction of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., in April 1996.

GSA, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the largest U.S. real estate management organization. It has 11 regional offices and 32 property management centers nationally. GSA's Public Buildings Service manages 270 million square feet of space for an estimated one million federal workers.