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Last Agency to Leave Bannister Finds New Home

GSA announced today the new leased location for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Logistics Support Center (NLSC) and National Reconditioning Center (NRC), which are currently located at the Bannister Federal Complex.

Both NLSC and NRC will relocate to a 222,500 square foot facility at 14200 Merritt Road in Grandview, Mo. The agencies will be the first tenants in a planned business and industrial park. About 80 employees work for the NLSC and NRC, which are part of the Department of Commerce. The Centers are scheduled to begin moving in fall 2015, and completing the move by year’s end.

As the last agency scheduled to vacate Bannister, the relocation helps ensure the timely transfer or sale of the Complex.

“I’m proud of the GSA team who worked hard to ensure we secured a competitively-priced location that also met the unique needs of the NOAA centers,” said GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. “With our own relocation approaching soon, we remain focused on our partnership with NNSA to ensure Bannister is in the best possible position for reuse or redevelopment.”

All current Bannister Federal Complex tenants are now in the process of relocating or actively working toward vacating the facility in 2015. GSA, which owns one-third of the Complex, is expected to begin its relocation to downtown Kansas City, Mo., December 2014. The National Nuclear Security Administration, which owns two-thirds of the Complex, is expected to complete its relocation in 2015.

GSA and NNSA are working closely together to ensure the facility is in the best position possible for redevelopment. Both agencies will maintain responsibility for environmental monitoring and any required cleanup.

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Iowa Team Reinvests Rebates to Further Reduce Energy Costs

The GSA Iowa Field Office recently invested nearly $170,000 in earned rebate funds to directly support energy conservation and sustainability.

“With tight funding across the board, this program has enabled us to keep our energy reduction efforts rolling,” said Iowa Field Office Director Doug Papineau.

The rebates — from MidAmerican Energy, the utility provider — are targeted for funding of projects that include LED retro-fits, LED re-lamping, lighting controls, and installation of high-efficiency water fixtures. These efforts will reduce energy consumption and water use, and they will bring the Sioux City Courthouse into compliance with the Guiding Principles of High Performance and Sustainable Buildings.

Iowa Director Doug Papineau noted that the Iowa rebates also supported an office light sensor project at the Robert V. Denney Federal Building in Lincoln, Neb.

Papineau said that after the current projects are completed, the Iowa Field Office will pursue additional rebate funding from the utility. The field office has a history of achieving thousands of dollars in utility rebates and reinvesting those funds into Heartland projects.

“I am extremely proud of the Iowa team,” said Papineau. “They complete their core mission with dedication and persistence and still find time to manage this tremendous program. The R6 Energy team also has provided excellence and timely support in managing rebate funding.”

He said the Iowa team is confident that they will meet the overall energy reduction compliance mandated by Executive Order 13423 (Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management).

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Kansas City Employees Recycle 11,106 Pounds of Electronics

In preparation for GSA’s relocation to downtown Kansas City, Bannister Federal Complex workers and GSA recycling coordinators responded exceptionally to last month’s electronics recycling campaign — collecting 11,106 pounds (the weight of an elephant!) of broken, scrap or otherwise unusable electronics.

The campaign was organized through a cross-service team of GSA property managers, and run through a team of recycling coordinators from every office at the Bannister complex.

“It was a huge success,” said Area Property Manager Kelly Capps. “Between the broken federal electronic assets and items people brought in from home, we had more than enough to qualify for a free UNICOR collection.”

Personal property managers also used the campaign to educate employees on proper disposal requirements. The regional office of GSA in Kansas City remains on schedule to begin relocating to its new location at 2 Pershing Square near Union Station at the end of the year.

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GSA Energy Reduction Efforts Highlighted by KC’s City Energy Project

In the Heartland Region, which comprises Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, we have reduced energy use in our facilities by 20 percent since 2003, and by 25 percent nationwide over that time. In fiscal year 2013 alone, GSA’s Heartland Region realized $570,000 in utility cost avoidance, as compared to fiscal year 2012.

Following a presentation to the City of Kansas City, Mo., about how GSA was reducing its energy usage, GSA Heartland Sustainability Program Manager Bradley Nies was asked to share our experience on Kansas City’s Energy Project blog.

The City of Kansas City is one of 10 cities nationwide participating in the City Energy Project, a three-year initiative by the National Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation to promote energy efficiency improvements in large commercial and institutional buildings.

You can learn more about the KC City Energy Project here. And read Bradley’s post on the project blog here.

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St. Louis Team Helps Recycle 5.25 Tons of Electronics

In December, the GSA St. Louis West team organized an “Electronic Recycling Week” for the more than 20 federal agencies located at the Goodfellow Federal Center.

During the week-long event, the team collected 5.25 tons of computers and other electronic equipment from across the campus.

Their efforts are part of a larger GSA Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. Efforts such as this one help to improve overall waste diversion rates. Additionally, recycling electronics helps to conserve natural resources, avoid air and water pollution, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

GSA will schedule another electronic recycle collection week at Goodfellow this summer.

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U.S. Army Integrating Hybrids at No Extra Cost

GSA is serious about making the government’s fleet more sustainable, and this year that means 62 standard-fuel vehicles used by the Army in the Heartland Region will be replaced with hybrid sedans for no additional cost.

The cost savings is made possible through a GSA initiative, announced last year, in which GSA will cover the incremental costs associated with leasing a hybrid vehicle.

“GSA Fleet leases are set by class,” said Transportation Operations Specialist Jeremy Cates. “Since hybrids typically don’t come in at the low bid for the class, GSA must charge an incremental fee for agencies looking to lease a hybrid. This initiative allows us to cover that fee and provide a hybrid for the same amount as we would a non-alternative fuel vehicle.”

As the largest user of GSA Fleet vehicles in the region, the Army was selected as the first customer to receive the hybrids without an incremental fee. Other eligible customers will also be able to replace standard sedans with hybrids through the initiative.

Regional fleet service representatives (FSRs) are working with their Army counterparts to determine which 62 standard-fuel vehicles would be best suited for replacement with a hybrid.

“Our FSRs are meeting with the Army now to identify the vehicles they’d like to replace,” said Cates. “Since we can’t replace them all now, we’re focusing on those sedans that primary operate in cities.”

GSA Fleet managers believe they can replace more than 1,000 Army sedans nationwide with new hybrid sedans over the course of 2014 — all with no additional fees.

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USDA Warehouse to Move from Bannister to South KC

In the first major relocation lease from the GSA-owned side of the Bannister Federal Complex, a key Department of Agriculture warehouse operation will move from Building 41 to a complex being built at Missouri 150 and Botts Road.

The USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) operation houses veterinary pharmaceuticals and related supplies. Under a recently awarded lease, APHIS next year will move its materials into about 100,000 square feet of warehouse space that CenterPoint Properties is developing across the highway from the new National Nuclear Security Administration campus. The APHIS portion of the 300,000-square-foot intermodal commerce complex will include about 2,300 square feet of office space. The lease is for 15 years, with five years firm.

“This is another significant step in vacating the 70-year-old Bannister Federal Complex,” said GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. “GSA employees continue their hard work to ensure Bannister is in the best position possible for redevelopment.”

The APHIS mission, according to the agency, includes “protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.” To that end, the new APHIS space will be 100 percent cooled and heated, which is unusual for typical warehouse space. Materials from the APHIS warehouse are shipped all over the country.

USDA expects the five-person APHIS warehouse team to take occupancy at the new location in September 2014, with plans to fully vacate Building 41 at Bannister by December 2014. The operation has been housed at Building 41 since 2008.

The APHIS lease comes amid GSA activity on multiple tracks to execute relocation from the 71-year-old Bannister complex. It was announced in December that GSA’s Heartland Regional Office will move from Bannister to five floors of the Two Pershing Square office building at 2300 Main Street in Kansas City. That move process is expected to begin about a year from now and conclude in the spring of 2015.

Several months ago, NNSA began moving from its portion of the Bannister complex to its sprawling Kansas City Plant and campus on Botts Road. That move will continue through 2014. In 2012, NNSA announced that CenterPoint was selected as the planning partner for future uses of the Bannister complex.

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Two Pershing Square to be the New Home for GSA Regional Headquarters

Picture of 2 Pershing Square in Kansas City, MOTwo Pershing Square, an 11-story building at 2300 Main St. just east of Union Station, will be the new GSA Heartland Regional Office.

Regional Administrator Jason Klumb made the announcement to employees on Monday, Dec. 9, in an email notice and later went into detail at a packed town hall meeting at the Bannister Federal Complex.

All GSA offices at Bannister are scheduled to begin moving to the new location in December 2014, with the move process continuing into the spring of 2015. Klumb said that the GSA lease, for 132,000 square feet of the building’s total 490,000 square feet, was finalized on Dec. 6, culminating a year-long acquisition process.

“It was a 12-month competitive bidding process to select our new location in downtown Kansas City, Mo.,” he said. “We received several great offers, ensuring a competitive price for taxpayers,”

“Our move will bring 900 jobs to the central business area, helping Kansas City, Missouri, businesses grow,” Klumb continued. “That’s 900 more people eating in local restaurants and drinking at coffeehouses, becoming a part of the KCMO community. This move also provides an opportunity for hundreds more to use Kansas City mass transit, bikeshare and the new streetcar.”

GSA will occupy floors 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 of the building. Current federal tenants include the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration.

Klumb said that more town hall meetings will be scheduled over time, as the next phase of relocation takes shape. He also reminded workers that personal property disposal and document digitization are key elements of the office move, noting that the new Regional Office will have a dramatically smaller footprint than the space at Bannister.

Workers are advised to visit (link only accessible on the GSA network) for a special collection of Frequently Asked Questions and answers, more photos of Two Pershing Square, parking information, a list of building amenities and more details about the relocation process.

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Angela Brees
(816) 823-2931

Heartland Regional Administrator
(816) 926-7201

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