The Public Affairs Office for the Heartland Region, located in Kansas City, Mo., issues media releases and advisories to provide important information on regional GSA activities, events and projects that impact and serve these audiences.
Pittsburg Students Get Rare Glimpse at Federal Building
Six students and an associate professor from Pittsburg State University’s School of Construction traveled to Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Nov. 20, for a behind-the-scenes look at a federal building there.
The afternoon tour included a rare glimpse into the mechanical systems that keep the 50-year-old, 1.2 million square foot building operating efficiently - the chiller, boiler, air handlers, electrical transformers and water distribution center.
Sioux City Federal Building and Courthouse Earns Energy Star
The historic Sioux City Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse recently received the first Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Award in its 80-year history.
The building, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013, was recognized by the EPA for conserving energy better than 84 percent of similar facilities of its size and type nationwide.
This accomplishment directly supports goals for sustainability and the reduction of greenhouse gases.
St. Louis Federal Building Recognized for its Energy Savings
This winter GSA announced that its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded green investments are helping federal buildings use less energy, even during harsh winters.
After analyzing energy usage data of 59 federal buildings in states that were hardest hit last winter, GSA found that these buildings, all of which received ARRA-funded green investments, used an average of 5.5 percent less energy compared to the winter before the projects began. These buildings – including the Robert A. Young Federal Building in downtown St. Louis — saved enough energy during the winter months to supply 640 U.S. homes with electricity for a full year. In addition, a third of these buildings showed double-digit energy savings.
“Even during frigid temperatures and record snowfalls, GSA’s ARRA-funded green investments are helping make federal buildings more energy efficient,” said Ruth Cox, GSA’s senior sustainability official. “As the frequency of extreme weather events trends upward, it is important that federal buildings are able to meet the needs of occupants while also being cost-effective to operate.”