Latest Heartland News
- Public Auction Opens for Former Omaha Quartermaster Depot
- NNSA Manufacturing Facility Achieves LEED Gold
- Heartland Region Employees Accept GreenGov Award at White House
- The Clock is Ticking to Announce New Location for GSA’s Kansas City Regional Office
- Kansas City Begins Final Test of Open, Collaborative Workspace
- Historic Sioux City Federal Building and Courthouse Added to National Register
- ‘GSA Link’ Program to Optimize Facility Operations
- GSA’s Relocation in KCMO Moves Forward
The U.S. General Services Administration opened for public auction today the former Omaha Quartermaster Depot located in Omaha, Neb.
Interested bidders will have to provide a $45,000 registration deposit to register for the sale and to bid on the property, which will be applied to the sales price. Individuals, businesses and licensed brokers may participate. A close date of the auction has not been determined and will be announced on the auction website.
The sale represents a unique opportunity to own 7.25 acres of property and several buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located minutes from downtown Omaha at 21st Street and Woolworth Avenue.
The property consists of nine buildings:
--Three office buildings (14,520 sq. ft., 11,000 sq. ft., 3,720 sq. ft.),
--One office building with store house (38,870 sq. ft.),
--Two gate houses (both 507 sq. ft.),
--A maintenance building with outlying structure (12,250 sq. ft.), and
--A maintenance garage (7,488 sq. ft.).
“After more than 130 years in service to the government, we’re excited to move forward with a sale of the building,” said GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. “We hope this historic site will continue to be of use to the new owner and the community.”
The Omaha Quartermaster Depot played a significant role in the 19th and 20th century regional and local history. As a quartermaster depot it was responsible for obtaining, storing and dispersing supplies to military personnel and outposts of the U.S. Army’s Department of the Platte at the end of the Indian Wars. The peak of activity at the Depot occurred during World War I when it supplied camps and National Guard units throughout the plains. During the New Deal era, it served as the supply base for 34 regional Civilian Conservation Corps Camps (Source: Depot History-National Register of Historic Places submission).
In 2013, GSA has sold or transferred 213 facilities across the country, generating $97.7 million in sales. It has more than 800 properties moving into the disposal pipeline. Since 2010, GSA has completed 565 disposal transactions, which have generated $207.5 million in proceeds and eliminated more than 28,121 acres of excess land.
The public can find more information about this auction by visiting RealEstateSales.gov or contact Joseph Potter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Two Heartland Region employees accepted a Presidential GreenGov Climate Champion Award in a ceremony at the White House Nov. 5.
Brad Nies and Crystal Powers (Heartland Region Public Buildings Service), Ann Kosmal (Office of Governmentwide Policy), Katie Miller (Central Office Federal Acquisition Service), Robin Snyder (National Capital Region PBS), and Ruth Starr (NCR FAS) represented the agency in Washington last week.
The Presidential GreenGov Award recognized GSA’s efforts to help federal agencies prepare for the impacts of potential climate change through a pilot project called “Preparing for a Wicked Future: Adapting to Climate Change.”
The pilot project team held two “threshing sessions” with client agencies — one in the Heartland Region and one in NCR — in which they analyzed fictional scenarios set in a resource-constrained future. The group aimed to determine whether or not, given the projected climate changes, the selected facilities would continue to support agency missions and what contract modifications or offerings would be needed.
While six GSAers accepted the award, many more participated on the team. Other Heartland Region team members include: Don Denno, Carlea Duke, Jim Iliff, Kelly Juarez, Mike Lucas, Jaime Martinez, Kevin Rothmier and Kiva Simmons.
To read more about the Presidential GreenGov Award, visit the GSA Blog.
According to the lease acquisition schedule, we are a little more than one month away from learning the location of the new U.S. General Services Administration Heartland Regional Office.
Final lease offers were due in early November, and award is scheduled for mid-December. Until then, federal guidelines require that the process remain closed, with no disclosure of procurement information, to ensure integrity of competition and ensure the best value for taxpayers.
It was nearly a year ago – December 2012 – when GSA posted an advertisement for approximately 150,000 square feet of existing office space within this delineated area in Kansas City, Mo.:
• North: Interstate 70
• South: 27th Street
• East: Campbell Street
• West: Interstate 35
Although the actual office location is unknown at this time, the reality is that the space footprint of the new regional office will be roughly half of the space GSA currently occupies at the Bannister Federal Complex. When the lease is awarded, GSA associates and the public will be informed of the selected location. After that, space experts and designers will be busy shaping our new work environment to maximize efficiency and meet the agency’s workspace guidelines.
Under the current timeline, GSA expects to start the move process from Bannister in the winter of 2014-15.
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.
The Sioux City, Iowa, Federal Building and Courthouse has officially been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Park Service’s National Register is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.
U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett of the Northern District of Iowa was very proud of GSA’s efforts to reach this milestone, saying he greatly appreciates the many efforts of all who worked so hard to make this happen.
"In my nearly 20 years here, GSA has been a fantastic landlord and very dedicated to numerous projects to enhance the preservation of the historic building," he said. “It is in far better condition, while also enhancing its historical significance, than it was two decades ago. I know I speak for all in our courthouse and in the community for applauding GSA’s incredible efforts. I am very proud to be a GSA tenant.”
Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources.
A new program aims to further optimize building operational performance across the GSA portfolio.
GSA is undertaking a new program called GSA Link, which utilizes smart building principles and Building Automation System analytics to provide building specific information and suggestions on where building equipment operation may be enhanced. Basically, the GSA Link program works in conjunction with existing BAS and systems on the GSA network.
GSA Link combines BAS information with advanced metering, weather data and other GSA systems to monitor and diagnose potential problems with building equipment and systems. Essentially it serves as a 24-7 attendant for the BAS system.
Saving Energy and Money
GSA Link is geared toward decreasing energy use, increasing cost savings and increasing customer satisfaction.
The program will provide email alerts called “sparks” to the building manager and operations and maintenance contractor when the analytic system detects a piece of equipment malfunctioning. The sparks identify how long equipment has been in that state and provide an estimate of the cost savings if the equipment is repaired or optimized. The system also identifies and prioritizes the sparks list for the building manager and provides a “top ten” list of items which have the opportunity to save the most energy and money.
GSA Link in the Heartland
The Heartland Region has six buildings enrolled in the program: the Roman L. Hruska U.S. Courthouse, Robert V. Denney Federal Building, Neal Smith Federal Building, Charles E. Whittaker U.S. Courthouse, Robert A. Young Federal Building, and Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse.
The agency hopes to have GSA Link fully operational by Sept. 1.
Space procurement for the new GSA Heartland Region headquarters in downtown Kansas City, Mo., took a step forward this week when the “Request for Lease Proposal, Program of Requirements, and draft Lease” was sent to prospective lessors.
Issuance of the request is part of the federal lease acquisition process. Responses from prospective lessors are due June 7, and lease award is targeted for the end of December 2013. Region 6 GSA’s official relocation from the Bannister Federal Complex is projected to begin in December 2014.
“We remain focused on helping employees prepare for the transition, while also working to prepare Bannister for its new future," said GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. "This is a major milestone for the project, and we are excited to take another step forward in relocating to downtown Kansas City."
To ensure taxpayers are getting the best value, and to ensure the integrity of the competition, GSA is unable to disclose procurement information in accordance with the Procurement Integrity Act (41 U.S.C. §423).
In December 2012, GSA posted an advertisement for approximately 150,000 square feet in Kansas City within a delineated area bounded by Interstate 70 (north), 27th Street (south), Campbell Street (east) and Interstate 35 (west). The market survey of prospective locations was completed in February 2013.