GSA Announces Major Investments in the Nation’s Public Buildings as Part of President’s Budget
Four California projects identified to receive funding
April 10, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — Today the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini announced major public building construction and repair projects outlined in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget.
The President’s Budget calls for important, common sense investments in the nation’s public buildings managed by the U.S. General Services Administration. These investments enable GSA to properly maintain and improve the real estate assets owned and paid for by the American people.
“By investing in our public buildings, a smaller federal footprint and improved border crossing stations, GSA will not only create savings for the American people, but also assist in providing them with the most efficient and effective government possible,” said GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini. “The President’s Budget will ensure that federal agencies can support economic and job growth in communities across this country.”
Four projects have been identified to receive funding within GSA’s California portfolio: the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles, the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Diego, and the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, also in San Diego.
Investing in the Nation’s Public Buildings:
As a result of consecutive years of reduced funding, GSA’s portfolio of facilities have forgone over $4 billion worth of capital improvements including major repairs and maintenance as well as critical additions to the inventory. The President’s Budget restores GSA’s authority to fully use incoming rent funds to meet the urgent needs of its real estate portfolio by investing $1.3 billion in repair and maintenance of federal buildings, including $379 million for basic repairs.
The Budget also identifies important construction projects across the country, including more than $800 million investment in eight construction projects, such as the consolidation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the St. Elizabeth’s campus in Washington, DC. By bringing these agency components into a single campus, DHS will save on leased space and enhance staff collaboration.
At the Schwartz Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, the requested $61.1 million would fund a project to reconfigure approximately 184,000 rentable square feet (rsf) of vacated space for occupancy by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Executive Office of Immigration Review, U.S. Attorneys, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk, and the U.S. Trustee and the U.S. Magistrate Court. They will be leaving leased locations in the San Diego area, saving taxpayers approximately $2 million annually.
Making Federal Real Estate Smaller and More Efficient:
The Budget includes $100 million to further GSA’s efforts to consolidate agencies within existing Federally owned space across the country to improve space utilization, optimize inventory, decrease reliance on leased space, increase energy and water conservation, and reduce the federal government’s footprint. GSA’s consolidation program will save taxpayer dollars by reducing agency dependence on leased space, and reducing the total amount of space occupied by the government.
The Budget is requesting $19.3 million for building system upgrades and the reconfiguration and alteration of space currently occupied by the U.S. District Courts in the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building. The proposed alterations will allow for the consolidation of court operations currently housed in the Roybal Federal Building and in 312 North Spring Street. The Roybal alteration project will complement GSA’s plan to construct a new Los Angeles Courthouse and dispose of the courthouse located at 312 North Spring Street.
In San Francisco, the $32.1 million would fund a repair and alteration and space realignment project of approximately 133,826 rsf for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and Courthouse (Phillip Burton) in San Francisco, California. The proposed project encompasses space realignment and building systems that will accommodate the expanded requirements of the FBI. This project is ranked nationally by FBI as one of their top priorities.
Investing in Border Infrastructure and Modernization:
The Budget includes two border crossing and inspection projects that will promote economic growth and national security. This includes a $226 million request for work on Phase 3 of the San Ysidro Port of Entry in Southern California, the busiest border crossing in the world. Phase 3 creates a new southbound connection to Mexico with inspection facilities and will provide 17 additional northbound primary inspection booths.
GSA is also requesting $61 million to expand and modernize the U.S. Land Port of Entry facilities at the Port of Laredo in Laredo, Texas. These investments will increase efficiency, create economic growth, and improve safety and security for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
These are critical investments in infrastructure that will create significant savings by preventing costly emergency repairs in the future and build upon our progress.
Savings from Internal Reforms:
Over the past year, GSA has increased its transparency and accountability and has streamlined the agency’s operations. In just one year as GSA Acting Administrator, Tangherlini has led the agency in delivering more than $73 million in internal savings by implementing common sense reforms. The President’s Budget is an opportunity for GSA to further these efforts.