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Administrator Doan Helps Unveil New EPA Headquarters in Denver

As prepared for delivery


Remarks by
Lurita A. Doan
Administrator
U.S. General Services Administration
EPA Regional Headquarters Building Dedication
Denver, Colorado
March 6, 2007

Thank you, Paul.

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen; I’m very proud to represent the U.S. General Services Administration on this terrific day for the Environmental Protection Agency, for Denver, and for all of us at GSA.

Just look up there; isn’t this absolutely the most splendid atrium you’ve ever seen?  It’s really beautiful.  Well done.

Our agency’ s job is - and always has been - to provide the products, the services and the superior workspaces our customers need so that they can better perform their core missions for the American people. Since 1970, the EPA has strived to provide a cleaner, healthier environment for our nation, and to lead our country’s environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts.

And so, Administrator Steve Johnson, and Regional Administrator Robbie Roberts, I’m very pleased that we were able to provide a state-of-the-art facility that meets your workforce’s requirements, but which also symbolizes the very mission of EPA.
You may have noticed a simple green tree on today’s initiation and program.  And nothing could be more appropriate. Former President Bush said, every tree is a compact between generations. And this nine-story building – constructed for 700 of our EPA colleagues here in Denver – is a compact between our two agencies and the American people. I’m certain that those who work here today and every day, day in and day out, will enjoy this glass atrium, the natural lighting that requires 30 percent less energy than your standard office building, and the green vegetative, or “eco-roof,” that:

  • filters pollutants from rainwater;
  • cuts down on the heat;
  • and even provides a wildlife habitat.

This facility reflects GSA’s commitment to sustainable design, and like EPA, being a responsible steward of our nation’s natural resources. I know that everyone is hopeful that this Regional EPA Headquarters earns the first gold Leed.  And by the way, Leed stands for leadership in energy and environmental design.  We hope that this will earn the first gold Leed rating for a new building in downtown Denver.

Mayor John Hickenlooper, I’m also hopeful that this facility will provide an economic boost and will spur further development in this downtown area. that certainly has been the case in other cities where GSA has built or renovated federal buildings and courthouses.

And of course we could not have done this alone, and we could not have reached this day without the terrific partnership that we enjoy with EPA. In sum, it took plenty of determined, creative and far-sighted individuals and organizations to get us to this grand opening. I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge just a few folks:

  • First and foremost, the members of the Colorado Congressional delegation, particularly Senators Wayne Allard, Ken Salazar, as well as Congresswoman Diane Degette, for securing the funding for this project.  We could not have done it without you.
  • From GSA: Public Buildings Service Commissioner David Winstead, who unfortunately could not be here with us today.  Our Regional Administrator Scott Armey who actually is here.  of course our Assistant Regional Administrator Paul Prouty, and all members of team GSA;
  • From EPA: of course first and foremost Administrator Johnson, we could not have done it without your leadership, as well as Regional Administrator Roberts and the entire EPA project team;
  • and last but not least of course, the builder, the Opus Corporation. Thank you, thank you, thank you,  President Mark Rauenhorst for all that you have done.

And last, congratulations to each and every one of you at EPA for participating in and getting to enjoy the benefits of this fabulous building.

Emerson said the creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.  It is my sincere hope that this facility helps inspire all who work here to perform their mission effectively, efficiently, and without a single concern about supplies, services or workspace.

And I think that qualifies as a real win-win for us and for the American people.

So, congratulations, and thank you for allowing all of us to be a part of your celebration.