From the Desk of Joanna Rosato

Our PBS team is driven to deliver best value.  In this Focus edition, we share examples of innovative ways we are helping the government reduce rental costs, consolidate space, design smarter workplaces, and implement energy efficient technology, saving money for the government and American people.

On the leasing front, you can read about our recent successful negotiation and award of a succeeding lease for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Woodlawn, MD, that will save FBI $36 million in rental costs over the 15-year lease term.  We discuss our new GSA Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative for Print Management acquisition vehicle that is saving our partners at the U.S. Department of State $6.8 million.  We also share our plans for providing consolidation funding in FY 2016.  In FY 2014 and 2015, GSA allocated funds to 22 agencies for 45 projects, producing over $36 million in annual rent savings.  

We worked with our partners at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), recently executing a lease for their new Pittsburgh Field Office and Application Support Center in Pennsylvania, consolidating formerly separate Field Office and Application Support Center facilities into one location.  The new workspace is more accessible and efficient, and better supports the USCIS mission, employees, and customers.  We are also honored to share in this edition that the design of the new Integrated Engineering Services Building at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, was recognized in June with an Award of Merit by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Northern Virginia Chapter.  

Our team utilized alternative financing known as an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to recently complete nearly $2.2 million in energy and water saving upgrades at the George H. Fallon Federal Building in Baltimore, MD.  In this Focus, you can learn more about how GSA successfully harnessed private-sector innovation and investments to achieve greater levels of energy and cost savings, leaving the federal government and American taxpayers with a more energy efficient building with lower utility bills.

We are excited to share that the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse and William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building Complex in Philadelphia was named the Mid-Atlantic Region winner of the 2015 Federal Green Challenge Award in the Energy Category.  Our facility management team reduced energy use at the complex by 7.9%, the highest reduction in energy among Mid-Atlantic Region Federal Green Challenge participating facilities.  

Nationally, our GSA Green Proving Ground continues to study energy saving technology, recently presenting findings that demonstrate measurable benefits of using Wireless Advanced Lighting Controls, including a 54% energy savings without the expense of installing dedicated wiring.

We invite you to read about our recent changes in our Mid-Atlantic PBS leadership team, changes we are confident will help us continue our drive toward new efficiencies, innovation, and cost savings for you, our clients, and American taxpayers.


Joanna Rosato
Regional Commissioner
Public Buildings Service
GSA Mid-Atlantic Region

This article is part of the Summer 2015 issue of the FOCUS newsletter. Please visit the Focus Newsletter page to read our newsletter. To subscribe to FOCUS, complete the online subscription form.

Last Reviewed 2015-07-29