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GSA Awards Contract for First Phase of Interior Dept. Modernization


GSA # 9859

August 7, 2001
Contact: Michael McGill (202) 205-5821
michael.mcgill@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced the award of an $18,637,000 construction contract to Grunley Construction Co. of Rockville, Md., to begin Phase I of the modernization of the Department of the Interior (DOI) headquarters building at 1849 C St., NW.

Phase I is part of a modernization of the entire DOI Building. Originally built in the early 1930s, the headquarters is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It houses approximately 2,500 DOI employees in more than 1.3 million square feet of space. The first phase will include heating, ventilation and air-conditioning central plant work in the basement and mezzanine levels, as well as demolition and new work in one half of the northernmost wing (6E) of the building. The entire modernization program is scheduled to be complete in late 2008.

"The Department of the Interior headquarters is a unique building in our federal inventory," commented Anthony Costa, Assistant Regional Administrator for Public Buildings. "Its original construction was personally supervised by Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes. It was the first federal building to feature central air conditioning, and it has magnificent paneling and murals in its public spaces. Now it will finally receive its first major modernization."

Created in 1949, GSA is a centralized federal procurement and property agency that provides office space, supplies and services for the federal government.