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We reach citizens and consumers, businesses, and government customers in the four states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada, as well as overseas in American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Diego Garcia, Guam, mainland Japan and Okinawa, the Republic of Korea, Saipan, and Singapore.

Our Public Affairs Office for the Pacific Rim, located in San Francisco, issues media releases and advisories to provide important information on regional GSA activities, events, and projects that impact and serve these audiences.

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Latest News Release

GSA to Maximize Federal Real Estate in LA Civic Center with Federal and Los Angeles County Superior Courts Consolidations

March 16, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced its three-pronged approach to making more efficient use of the federal government’s real estate assets in the Los Angeles Civic Center area. This long-term plan will consolidate federal court operations in the new Los Angeles U.S. Courthouse currently under construction at 350 W 1st Street and the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse (Roybal Courthouse) while also allowing the Los Angeles County Superior Courts to use vacated federal space at the historic courthouse at 312 North Spring Street. Read the full news release >


News Briefs

LA courthouse nears substantial completion

Construction worker inside the U.S. Courthouse in Los AngelesSubstantial completion means that a building is at a point where it can be used for its intended purpose, and for the new U.S. Courthouse under construction in downtown Los Angeles, this point is now only weeks away. More blue vests spotted on workers is a sign of finished work. Contractors are installing marble on judges’ benches and terrazzo flooring. Courtrooms are getting chairs and other finishing touches. Punch lists – documents prepared near the end of a construction project indicating incidental damage to existing finishes – are being knocked out. Solar panel installation will be completed in June, and models predict an impressive 46 percent savings in energy costs on this building versus an identical one using traditional systems. Referred to as the “floating cube,” the 10-story, 625,000-square-foot facility will feature 24 courtrooms and 32 justice chambers.

‘Okinawa First’ pairs local companies with GSA contract opportunities

Okinawan business ownersGSA was there when more than 200 Okinawan businesspeople attended the fifth annual Okinawa First Business Fair in Uruma, Okinawa, Japan on November 18, 2015. Okinawa First, coordinated and sponsored by the U.S. Consulate in Naha, is Okinawa’s version of a small business fair, encouraging more U.S. government business dealings with local Okinawan companies. GSA’s Pacific Rim Region has participated in this event since its inception in 2011 and has provided training to local businesses on several occasions to help promote GSA contract offerings. The business fair is one of a year-round series of “Okinawa First” events that help local companies compete for the U.S. military’s business.

Two Pacific Rim projects named 'best of' 2015

Front of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and U.S. CourthouseENR California's panel of industry judges has selected its Best Project category winners and Award of Merit Honorees from among the 120 construction projects submitted in California and Hawaii for 2015. The Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Honolulu won Best Project in the Government/Public Building category, and the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry received an Award of Merit in the Airport/Transit category. An ENR Best Project Award is considered one of commercial construction’s most prestigious and coveted honors. Engineering News-Record has been published for 140 years to cover news, trends, and investigative reporting indispensable to the architect/engineering/construction industry.

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Border News

GSA, Hensel Phelps hold small business outreach event for Calexico West Land Port of Entry project

Small business outreach event attendeesOn April 26, 2016, a crowd of about 26 subcontractors and suppliers attended a small business outreach event in El Centro to hear about contracting opportunities for the Calexico West Land Port of Entry expansion and modernization project as well as other Hensel Phelps projects. Hosted by GSA and Hensel Phelps, the event sought to encourage local small business to become involved in Phase 1 of the design, bid, build project. This outreach event underscores GSA’s commitment to engage small businesses and meet its small business contracting goals.

Mariposa land port among year's best American architecture

Mariposa Land Port of Entry 

Photo by Jones Studio, Inc.

The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) has revealed the winners of its 2016 Honor Awards for the year's best American architecture, and the Mariposa Land Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona, is one of 11 projects to be awarded the prestigious honor. Designed by Jones Studio, the reimagined border station was inspired by the poem "Border Lines" by Arizona poet laureate Albert Rios that concludes borders join not separate us. It is one of the United States' busiest land ports for vehicle and commercial truck traffic, where up to 40 percent of produce enters the country. The program honors global projects by U.S.-licensed architects. Selected from roughly 500 submissions, the award recipients were chosen by a jury of architects and academics. The winners will be recognized this May at the AIA's national convention in Philadelphia.

GSA unveils transit center concept at San Ysidro community workshop

San Ysidro community meetingOn June 2, 2015, GSA unveiled the design for the new multimodal transit center on Virginia Avenue at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry. The Virginia Avenue Transit Center (VATC) will introduce much-needed public transit access to West San Ysidro and will be a valued asset for the community and traveling public. Located adjacent to the planned pedestrian crossing, the transit center will accommodate buses, taxis, pedicabs and privately owned vehicles for passenger pick up and drop off. Read more >

Mariposa LPOE awarded LEED® Gold 

Mariposa LPOE at DuskThe newly completed Mariposa Land Port of Entry has been awarded LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Buildings Council. The $187 million modernization and expansion of one of the nation’s busiest land ports achieved the certification for its use of energy-efficient technologies, including solar-powered domestic hot water, advanced lighting and building automation systems, and a rainwater harvesting system, as well as recycled content material selections and low-maintenance finishes that are used throughout the port's design. These improvements are targeted to reduce the port’s energy usage by over 35 percent. The Mariposa LPOE serves as the main port of entry for fresh produce entering the United States from Mexico and the primary produce distribution point on the southern border.

Commissioner tours Mariposa port of entry

Commissioner Dong and Port Director RamirezPublic Buildings Service Commissioner Norm Dong and Acting Regional Commissioner Dan Brown visited the agency's field offices in Phoenix and Tucson recently. During his two-day visit, Commissioner Dong toured the newly modernized and expanded Mariposa Land Port of Entry with Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez. He saw first-hand how GSA’s project helped improve efficiency, security and safety for officers and the traveling public. The Mariposa LPOE serves as the main port of entry for fresh produce entering the United States from Mexico and is the primary produce distribution point on the southern border.

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Last Reviewed 2016-03-05