GSA to Save Taxpayers an Estimated $10 Million With New Seattle Office

Release Date: September 17, 2013

Columbia Center lease supports agencies commitment to reduce federal footprint, save taxpayer money

SEATTLE - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced the award of a new lease for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Seattle Regional Office in downtown Seattle.

The relocation will save the agency and taxpayers nearly $10 million through a reduction in space and negotiations with the new lessor. The contract was awarded to Columbia Center Property LLC and will relocate the HHS regional office to the Columbia Center in April 2014.

HHS will occupy the 16th and 17th floor and a portion of the 15th floor of the the Columbia Center for the 10-year firm term of the lease with the option for an additional five years, using a total of 55,627 usable square feet to support their regional operations. HHS currently occupies 106,909 usable square feet at the Blanchard Plaza at 2201 6th Avenue in Seattle.

HHS is relocating because their existing lease expires in early 2014. The agency is also seeking to reduce their office space as part of the federal government’s initiative to freeze the federal footprint and save taxpayer money. GSA has been working with HHS to reduce their real estate costs and increase their workplace efficiencies with this national initiative strategically integrating space, people, and technology solutions customized to different workplace needs.

The new office space, which is currently under design, will support HHS’ mission of research, public health, food and drug safety, grants and other funding, and health insurance.

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