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GSA Energy Reduction Efforts Highlighted by KC’s City Energy Project

In the Heartland Region, which comprises Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, we have reduced energy use in our facilities by 20 percent since 2003, and by 25 percent nationwide over that time. In fiscal year 2013 alone, GSA’s Heartland Region realized $570,000 in utility cost avoidance, as compared to fiscal year 2012.

Following a presentation to the City of Kansas City, Mo., about how GSA was reducing its energy usage, GSA Heartland Sustainability Program Manager Bradley Nies was asked to share our experience on Kansas City’s Energy Project blog.

The City of Kansas City is one of 10 cities nationwide participating in the City Energy Project, a three-year initiative by the National Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation to promote energy efficiency improvements in large commercial and institutional buildings.

You can learn more about the KC City Energy Project here. And read Bradley’s post on the project blog here.

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GSA Set to Relocate Remaining Bannister Tenants
NOAA to seek new location in Kansas City, Mo.

Today the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced plans to search for new office space for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Logistics Support Center (NLSC) and National Reconditioning Center (NRC), which are currently located at the Bannister Federal Complex.

Both NLSC and NRC support the National Weather Service mission by providing parts and repairing weather, computer and radar equipment.

A recently completed business case analysis by NOAA determined the Kansas City area was the best value for the government. The decision to relocate ensures the 83 jobs will remain in the Kansas City area. And as the last agency without plans to vacate Bannister, it helps ensure the timely transfer or sale of the Complex in 2015.

Key Facts

  • GSA is expected to issue a solicitation for offers early this spring. The search area will include south from Missouri Highway 150 and the state line, north along Interstate 435 until exit 45 for Missouri Highway 291, then back south to Missouri Highway 150, which makes the eastern border.
  • The NOAA lease comes amid GSA activity on multiple tracks to execute relocation from the 71-year-old Bannister complex.
  • All current Bannister Federal Complex tenants are now in the process of relocating or actively working toward vacating the facility in 2015.
  • GSA, which owns one-third of the Complex, is expected to begin its relocation to downtown Kansas City, Mo., at year’s end.
  • The National Nuclear Security Administration, which owns two-thirds of the Complex, is expected to complete its relocation in 2015.
  • The new space will include 225,767 rentable square.
  • GSA and NNSA are working closely together to ensure the facility is in the best position possible for redevelopment in 2015. Both agencies will maintain responsibility for environmental monitoring and any required cleanup.

GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb:

“This is great news as GSA works to relocate all agencies currently at the Bannister Federal Complex, and its part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the Complex is in the best position possible for redevelopment.”


Director of the National Weather Service Dr. Louis Uccellini:

"I am pleased to announce the great news that our National Logistic Support and Reconditioning Centers will remain in Kansas City," said Dr. Louis Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service. "After an exhaustive nation-wide review of all available options, we determined that Kansas City best meets our mission effectiveness and the needs of our valued employees.”


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St. Louis Team Helps Recycle 5.25 Tons of Electronics

In December, the GSA St. Louis West team organized an “Electronic Recycling Week” for the more than 20 federal agencies located at the Goodfellow Federal Center.

During the week-long event, the team collected 5.25 tons of computers and other electronic equipment from across the campus.

Their efforts are part of a larger GSA Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. Efforts such as this one help to improve overall waste diversion rates. Additionally, recycling electronics helps to conserve natural resources, avoid air and water pollution, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

GSA will schedule another electronic recycle collection week at Goodfellow this summer.

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U.S. Army Integrating Hybrids at No Extra Cost

GSA is serious about making the government’s fleet more sustainable, and this year that means 62 standard-fuel vehicles used by the Army in the Heartland Region will be replaced with hybrid sedans for no additional cost.

The cost savings is made possible through a GSA initiative, announced last year, in which GSA will cover the incremental costs associated with leasing a hybrid vehicle.

“GSA Fleet leases are set by class,” said Transportation Operations Specialist Jeremy Cates. “Since hybrids typically don’t come in at the low bid for the class, GSA must charge an incremental fee for agencies looking to lease a hybrid. This initiative allows us to cover that fee and provide a hybrid for the same amount as we would a non-alternative fuel vehicle.”

As the largest user of GSA Fleet vehicles in the region, the Army was selected as the first customer to receive the hybrids without an incremental fee. Other eligible customers will also be able to replace standard sedans with hybrids through the initiative.

Regional fleet service representatives (FSRs) are working with their Army counterparts to determine which 62 standard-fuel vehicles would be best suited for replacement with a hybrid.

“Our FSRs are meeting with the Army now to identify the vehicles they’d like to replace,” said Cates. “Since we can’t replace them all now, we’re focusing on those sedans that primary operate in cities.”

GSA Fleet managers believe they can replace more than 1,000 Army sedans nationwide with new hybrid sedans over the course of 2014 — all with no additional fees.

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The Top 8 Stories for the Heartland Region in 2013

New USCIS Lease To Bring 500 Jobs to KC Area – Jan. 10, 2013
GSA helped coordinate an eight-year lease in Overland Park, Kan., for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which plans to hire 500 workers in the area. The 500 new employees, whom the USCIS plans to start hiring this year, will carry out processing work for the new Dream Act.

Johnson Gets Supplies to Patrol Ship in Persian Gulf – Feb. 28, 2013
Employees throughout GSA deployed overseas this year to serve the U.S. Armed Services. Region 6 employee Jerry Johnson deployed to Kuwait for six months. While there, he helped order and deliver supplies needed by a patrol ship in the Persian Gulf, which coincided with a scheduled port call, ensuring the ship could continue its mission without delay.

Iowa and Nebraska Win Top ENERGY STAR Honors, Save Taxpayer Dollars – May 2, 2013
The Neal Smith Federal Building in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Grand Island Federal Building in Nebraska were among 15 GSA buildings, nationally, that collectively saved an estimated $1 million in taxpayer dollars and met top benchmarks in the 2012 ENERGY STAR competition. Both Heartland Region buildings finished the year in the top two percent of public and private-sector buildings in the national competition. In 2012, the Neal Smith building reduced its energy usage by 23.4 percent, and the Grand Island building reduced usage by 21.5 percent.

Kansas Highway Patrol Saves Significantly with GSA – May 2, 2013
Calling GSA "a great help to law enforcement," the Kansas Highway Patrol has saved more than $570,000 in 2013 using GSA’s schedules to purchase equipment. Randy Brown, operator of the Highway Patrol’s 1122 PARTNERS PROGRAM, noted, “You save a lot of money for a bunch of small and large law enforcement agencies that receive a lot of benefit from our program."

Artist Kent Bloomer’s Work Featured at Limbaugh Courthouse – May 9, 2013
New artwork has been installed in the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The piece highlights the talent of artist Kent Bloomer. Bloomer’s artwork is made of fiberglass panels, and he describes his “sculpture-frieze” as an ornament to the architecture of the courthouse. It is composed as a procession of books chained together with rings and waves, and it is meant to honor the written words of the law.

GSA Services Help Navy/NPS Repair Historic Warship – Nov. 4, 2013
The U.S. Navy thanked GSA’s Facilities Maintenance and Hardware Acquisition Center — located in the Heartland Region — for its role in the restoration of the USS Cassin Young warship, which now is part of the National Historical Park in Boston.

Wichita Courthouse Wins DOE Better Buildings Award – Nov. 11, 2013
The U.S. Courthouse in Wichita, Kan., won the Department of Energy Building Award. The facility achieved a 20 percent energy intensity reduction from an August 2012 baseline, placing first among competing facilities. The building also realized more than $17,000 in raw utility savings in FY13 compared to the previous year, providing an eight percent reduction in cost per gross square foot.

Heartland Announces New Regional Headquarters – Dec. 9, 2013
The Heartland Region will relocate is 900 employees to downtown Kansas City, Mo., from the 70-year old Bannister Federal Complex, next year. GSA is reducing its real estate footprint by more than 50 percent, embracing desk-sharing, hoteling, and aggressive telework. The move will also help position the Bannister Federal Complex for redevelopment.

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USDA Warehouse to Move from Bannister to South KC

In the first major relocation lease from the GSA-owned side of the Bannister Federal Complex, a key Department of Agriculture warehouse operation will move from Building 41 to a complex being built at Missouri 150 and Botts Road.

The USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) operation houses veterinary pharmaceuticals and related supplies. Under a recently awarded lease, APHIS next year will move its materials into about 100,000 square feet of warehouse space that CenterPoint Properties is developing across the highway from the new National Nuclear Security Administration campus. The APHIS portion of the 300,000-square-foot intermodal commerce complex will include about 2,300 square feet of office space. The lease is for 15 years, with five years firm.

“This is another significant step in vacating the 70-year-old Bannister Federal Complex,” said GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. “GSA employees continue their hard work to ensure Bannister is in the best position possible for redevelopment.”

The APHIS mission, according to the agency, includes “protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.” To that end, the new APHIS space will be 100 percent cooled and heated, which is unusual for typical warehouse space. Materials from the APHIS warehouse are shipped all over the country.

USDA expects the five-person APHIS warehouse team to take occupancy at the new location in September 2014, with plans to fully vacate Building 41 at Bannister by December 2014. The operation has been housed at Building 41 since 2008.

The APHIS lease comes amid GSA activity on multiple tracks to execute relocation from the 71-year-old Bannister complex. It was announced in December that GSA’s Heartland Regional Office will move from Bannister to five floors of the Two Pershing Square office building at 2300 Main Street in Kansas City. That move process is expected to begin about a year from now and conclude in the spring of 2015.

Several months ago, NNSA began moving from its portion of the Bannister complex to its sprawling Kansas City Plant and campus on Botts Road. That move will continue through 2014. In 2012, NNSA announced that CenterPoint was selected as the planning partner for future uses of the Bannister complex.

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Two Pershing Square to be the New Home for GSA Regional Headquarters

Picture of 2 Pershing Square in Kansas City, MOTwo Pershing Square, an 11-story building at 2300 Main St. just east of Union Station, will be the new GSA Heartland Regional Office.

Regional Administrator Jason Klumb made the announcement to employees on Monday, Dec. 9, in an email notice and later went into detail at a packed town hall meeting at the Bannister Federal Complex.

All GSA offices at Bannister are scheduled to begin moving to the new location in December 2014, with the move process continuing into the spring of 2015. Klumb said that the GSA lease, for 132,000 square feet of the building’s total 490,000 square feet, was finalized on Dec. 6, culminating a year-long acquisition process.

“It was a 12-month competitive bidding process to select our new location in downtown Kansas City, Mo.,” he said. “We received several great offers, ensuring a competitive price for taxpayers,”

“Our move will bring 900 jobs to the central business area, helping Kansas City, Missouri, businesses grow,” Klumb continued. “That’s 900 more people eating in local restaurants and drinking at coffeehouses, becoming a part of the KCMO community. This move also provides an opportunity for hundreds more to use Kansas City mass transit, bikeshare and the new streetcar.”

GSA will occupy floors 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 of the building. Current federal tenants include the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration.

Klumb said that more town hall meetings will be scheduled over time, as the next phase of relocation takes shape. He also reminded workers that personal property disposal and document digitization are key elements of the office move, noting that the new Regional Office will have a dramatically smaller footprint than the space at Bannister.

Workers are advised to visit https://insite.gsa.gov/r6move (link only accessible on the GSA network) for a special collection of Frequently Asked Questions and answers, more photos of Two Pershing Square, parking information, a list of building amenities and more details about the relocation process.

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NNSA Manufacturing Facility Achieves LEED Gold

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s new National Security Campus has officially achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification, receiving enough points to achieve one of the highest certifications possible for new constructions.

In partnership with GSA, the 1.5 million square foot, build-to-suit leased campus was completed on time and on budget in November 2012. The new modern campus showcases innovation and cost savings by reducing the manufacturing site’s footprint by 50 percent and cutting operating costs by roughly $100 million annually.

"It's taken a tremendous team effort across government and private enterprise to achieve this level of environmental stewardship," said GSA Heartland Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. "Since this project began, the new NNSA facility has exemplified what can be accomplished through public and private partnerships. Achieving LEED Gold on a manufacturing facility is another great example of what those partnerships can achieve."

The primary team members contributing to the successful certification process were NNSA, GSA, Honeywell FM&T, developer CenterPoint Zimmer, construction contractor JE Dunn, HNTB’s design team, Gibbens Drake Scott, SSOE Group, and LEED consultant and commissioning agent SSRCx.

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Kansas City Begins Final Test of Open, Collaborative Workspace

Two years ago, Kansas City GSA employees began testing an open, collaborative workspace, much like what is currently being used in the agency's Central Office. It is now entering its final phase with two GSA divisions moving in until the relocation into downtown Kansas City next year.

“We will use this final rotation to test out how the space functions as a permanent workspace,” Client Solutions Branch Chief Barbara Jo Schmitt-Cole explained. “We anticipate that having the same groups occupy the space for more than a year will help unearth opportunities and challenges not previously experienced due to brief rotation periods.”

The feedback received from all divisions in previous phases will be used to help shape the new downtown space. Additionally, the GSA team will track and monitor the functionality of the final phase, using it to assess how an open-office concept works for some of the most mobile teams.

The consolidation effort is part of a larger GSA initiative to reduce the federal government’s footprint.

“We are replacing buildings built around hierarchies from an era where people used the telegraph with workspaces more suited to today’s world,” said GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini. “The kind of open office environment that Total Workplace creates encourages collaboration and cooperation that in turn leads to better services for the American people. By using our space more efficiently, we also save valuable taxpayer dollars.”

GSA is leading workplace transformation with the renovation of its own headquarters in Washington, DC. GSA was able to collapse a number of leases in the DC region and bring those employees into the renovated headquarters, allowing it to go from 2,200 to 3,300 employees. By consolidating GSA employees into a single facility, the agency is eliminating $24.4 million in annual lease payments there.

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CONTACTS

Angela Brees
(816) 823-2931

Heartland Regional Administrator
(816) 926-7201


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