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BANNISTER FEDERAL COMPLEX NEWS
Robust, quiet competition
Letter to the Editor, Kansas City Business Journal, March 14, 2013
The U.S. General Services Administration owns and leases more than 10 million square feet of space in the Kansas City area. Our professionals oversee office, warehouse, and manufacturing space for many of the area's 28,000 federal employees. We are proud of what we do, and tenants consistently rank the Heartland Region among the best in the nation.
A year ago, I announced that GSA's Regional Headquarters would be relocating out of the Bannister Federal Complex. This is the next step to building a new future for the WWII manufacturing plant and moving 1,000 federal employees to downtown, helping to bolster the Kansas City metro area. We began the leasing process in December 2012, which will lead to an announcement of our new location later this year and our move late in 2014.
It is good for taxpayers to have robust competition, and we welcome that. To ensure taxpayers are getting the best value, and to ensure the integrity of the competition, those involved do not disclose procurement information. This is consistent with the Procurement Integrity Act (41 U.S.C. §423).
It’s an exciting time for GSA as we work to build a new future in Kansas City. I thank the Business Journal and the community for understanding the confidentiality needed in the process.
GSA Regional Administrator for the Heartland Region
GSA to Leave Bannister in 2014 for Leased Space Downtown
The General Services Administration will move out of the Bannister Federal Complex before the end of 2014 and relocate approximately 1,000 federal employees to downtown Kansas City.
Officials said the decision to vacate Bannister comes as potential buyers have expressed interest in acquiring the entire complex – the GSA-owned space as well as the larger portion controlled by the National Nuclear Security Administration.
The GSA-owned portion of the Bannister space – about one-third of the total 300-acre complex – houses nine federal agencies, including GSA Heartland Region headquarters. Regional Administrator Jason Klumb said that GSA will work with the other federal agencies in the coming months to determine appropriate locations.
Klumb said a downtown relocation site for GSA has not been determined. In selecting office space for all federal agencies, GSA will follow federal lease acquisition regulations to meet site and space requirements.
“After weighing potential redevelopment, our evolving workplace environment, and the benefits and risks of staying, we determined it was in the best interest of tenants, employees and the Kansas City community that we depart Bannister,” Klumb said in a Feb. 15 message to the Heartland Region. “Leasing teams will be working closely with our tenant agencies to determine their requirements.”
GSA conducted a town hall meeting for employees on Feb. 16 at Bannister. Klumb and U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, whose 5th Congressional District includes the Kansas City area, fielded questions from workers. Klumb and Cleaver said that federal employees will be kept informed through the relocation process as such issues as parking and day-care availability are worked out. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure this is as seamless a move as possible,” Cleaver said.
Klumb and Cleaver noted that the move in 2014 is in anticipation of a new downtown Kansas City federal building that has been proposed but not yet funded.
The National Nuclear Security Administration owns the remaining two-thirds of the Bannister complex and began the process of selling its portion of the space in October 2011. NNSA recently informed GSA that it had received proposals to acquire ownership of both GSA and NNSA landholdings at the complex.
“The Bannister Federal Complex has 70 years of service to our country,” Klumb said. “The federal government has an opportunity to promote the responsible and beneficial redevelopment of the roughly 300-acre complex.”