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GSA Sponsors Together Building Change Conference in NYC

News Release
Northeast and Caribbean Region


May 27, 2009

GSA Sponsors Together Building Change Conference in NYC 

 

NEW YORK - GSA’s Northeast and Caribbean Region is pleased to sponsor Together Building Change, a conference for small and disadvantaged business to learn more about government contracting opportunities. Held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Wednesday, May 27th, the event is intended to provide a wealth of information as well as important contacts for firms looking to succeed in the current economy. 

Through its two business lines, the Public Buildings Service (PBS) and the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), GSA annually awards billions of dollars in contracts, leveraging the buying power of the federal government and managing more than one-fourth of the government's total procurement dollars. More than half of these contracts are awarded to small and disadvantaged businesses. 

PBS is the largest public real estate organization in the country, providing superior workplaces for federal customer agencies at best value to the American taxpayer. With an inventory of over 350 million square feet of workspace and more than 1500 government-owned buildings to manage, PBS engages private sector architects, construction managers, and engineers to design and build award winning courthouses, border stations, federal office buildings, laboratories, and data processing centers as well as repairing, altering and renovating existing buildings. PBS also leases space to federal customer agencies and has over 7,000 leased assets in its inventory. 

FAS delivers best value and innovative solutions in information technology, network services and professional services to support government agency missions worldwide. FAS also contracts for millions of goods and services, everything from paper clips to vehicles, to support the program needs of its customers, other government agencies. 

Among the highlights of the agenda are the following: 

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – GSA has been allocated money for construction, repairs, and alterations of federal buildings; planned projects will be discussed
  • The Green Initiative – GSA's energy saving efforts; the Green products and services contracted for / by the government
  • Capital Projects – Project Managers discuss the conception to completion of large federal construction projects
  • Small Projects – Property Managers discuss the maintenance of federal buildings; includes a discussion about marketing to Public Buildings Service (PBS)
  • Subcontracting Opportunities – A discussion led by GSA contract holders, particularly large firms looking for Small Business partners
  • Submitting a Bid – The "Do's and Don'ts" of responding to technical proposals; a discussion about bonding will be included
  • Small Business Success Story – The strategies employed and obstacles overcome
  • Networking Session – Matchmaking / one-on-one short meetings with government Contracting Officers, Project Managers, and current GSA contract holders
  • And more…

GSA’s Northeast and Caribbean Region has received over $526 million in total funding authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for Public Buildings Service projects which will include one new one new construction project, several high performance energy building full and partial modernization projects, and high performance green building limited scope projects in 15 regional GSA-owned facilities.

The high performance energy, green building projects will include, where appropriate, such projects as the installation of photovoltaic panels; building tune-ups, or recommissionings to ensure all systems are operating efficiently; high-performance lighting replacement projects; and installation of high performance HVAC components, among others. Projects under the ARRA were chosen based on their potential to save energy and speed of delivery for development and award.

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GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers. Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles. GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions

 


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