Bibb Dedicates New FBI Building
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David L. Bibb
U.S. General Services Administration
FBI Building Dedication
March 23, 2006
Thank you, Steve (Meyers) for that kind introduction.
Director (Robert) Mueller, Special Agent (Carl) Whitehead, Assistant Director (Patrick) Findlay, friends from the city of Tampa and Highwoods Properties, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen …
On behalf of President Bush, and on behalf of the U.S. General Services Administration, I bid you good morning.
Director Mueller, please know that I am deeply honored to participate in today’s ceremony with you and the many dedicated individuals responsible for helping us bring this important project to a successful conclusion. GSA is proud to assist the FBI as it helps lead our nation in the all-important war against terrorism.
It is our fervent hope that the intense focus on national security – as evidenced by the President’s recent signature of the Patriot Act and the construction of state-of-the-art facilities such as this one, to cite just two examples – will help make America safer for all our citizens. The brave men and women of the FBI deserve every available tool as they combat the many threats our citizens face in these uncertain times.
As the President is fond of saying, what matters most is not making promises, but making good on promises. Today, we at GSA are making good on a promise to the FBI, which has selflessly served our nation for nearly a hundred years.
Infused with the flair of old Tampa, this facility will not only help the FBI fulfill its mission of service to the American people, it is also a stately addition to the local landscape. The project is comprised of three major components -- an office building, an annex facility, and a parking garage with a covered walkway connecting the office complex.
It’s no secret that completing a project of such significance requires the dedication, creativity and persistence of many individuals working as one. We have been blessed with such a team. Let me take a moment to acknowledge:
- Highwoods Properties, which was determined from the outset to provide the best value to our government. Highwood brought together:
- The architectural firm of Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates, Inc.
- And the Perry Company of Tampa as the contractor and construction manager.
- I’d also like to mention the GSA team, which included: Louise Long (contracting officer) of our realty services division, John Ringhausen (legal counsel), Cliff Antrobus (architect), Daniel Cruz (electrical engineer), and George Post (Tampa Field Office).
As many of you know, this is far from the only project where we are partnering with the FBI. We have worked together in Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama, and we have projects on the horizon in Charlotte, Jacksonville, Miami, Jackson, Louisville, San Antonio, Omaha, Indianapolis, Detroit, and Knoxville. In all, GSA will assist on 35 FBI field offices, beginning with 10 lease construction projects valued at nearly 300 million dollars.
Director Mueller, you have my pledge that we will deliver the same type of results on those projects that you see here today. Assistant Director Findley has been fully engaged and will be instrumental in helping us meet your expectations. Rest assured that the next projects will be of the same high quality as this facility in Tampa.
Last but not least, I would like to extend best wishes to all those who are working in this building day in and day out to help make our nation more secure. The importance of your mission cannot be overstated, and we are proud to have helped provide you with the worldclass workplace you deserve.
Again, on behalf of GSA, on behalf of the Bush Administration, and on behalf of the American people, congratulations, and thank you for letting me join in this very special occasion.
Thank you very much.