GSAs Bob Peck Receives Founders Award for Civic Leadership
Commissioner of Public Buildings Honored for Promoting Livability through Design
December 10, 2009
Contact: Maryanne Beatty, (202) 501-1231
WASHINGTON – Robert A. Peck, Commissioner of Public Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration, was honored on December 7 with the Founders Award for Civic Leadership by the Partners for Livable Communities, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the livability of communities by promoting quality of life, economic development, and social equity. Peck was recognized for his career-long commitment to excellence in urban design in both the private and public sectors.
As Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, one of the world’s largest owners and operators of commercial buildings, Peck is an influential advocate for improving communities through well-designed, world-class public buildings. During his initial tenure with GSA in 1995, Peck instituted a number of innovative programs that raised the bar for federal architecture, including the Urban Development/Good Neighbor Program and the Design Excellence Program.
In accepting, Peck noted that he was gratified to have had a role in returning the federal government to its tradition of building buildings "worthy of the American people," buildings that enhanced their communities, a tradition that held from the time of Washington and Jefferson to World War II, but that atrophied for nearly 50 years after the war.
The award was presented at the Celebration of Vision and Community Spirit Program and Dinner, at which U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello of Virginia served as the keynote speaker and former director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, William K. Reilly, was the master of ceremonies.
Partners for Livable Communities is a national civic organization that helps the nation’s communities set common visions for the future, discover and utilize their cultural and natural resources, and build public/private partnerships to realize their goals.
The Public Buildings Service owns and manages real property for the civilian federal government. PBS owns or leases 9,600 properties, maintains an inventory of more than 361 million square feet of workspace for 1 million federal employees, and preserves hundreds of historic properties.
GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers.
- Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars and $24 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles.
- GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services.
- GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.