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Philadelphia Social Security Center slate for $10 million in low-embodied carbon materials from Inflation Reduction Act

GSA plans to allocate over $10 million for plaza renovation.

PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. General Services Administration plans to allocate $10.4 million for plaza renovations at the Mid-Atlantic Social Security Center (MATSSC) in Philadelphia. This project will improve the building’s accessibility, stormwater management, occupant safety and tenant satisfaction.

Funded through the Inflation Reduction Act, the project is one of more than 150 low-embodied carbon projects that GSA announced yesterday.

The Mid-Atlantic Social Security Center project will support the comprehensive renovation of the northwest and northeast plazas of the Center. The project will include the installation of low-embodied carbon concrete, renovations along Spring Garden Street, new handrails at site stairs, concrete repairs at the existing service area, and utility connections.

“This project will improve safety and accessibility for employees and visitors at the Center,” stated Joanna Rosato, acting Mid-Atlantic Region Regional Administrator. “This important, sustainable investment will benefit our colleagues at the Social Security Administration and the City of Philadelphia.”

The Inflation Reduction Act includes $3.4 billion for GSA to influence market research and development of low-embodied carbon materials, and to build more sustainable and cost-efficient high-performance facilities. GSA’s IRA projects will implement new technologies and accelerate GSA’s efforts in achieving a net-zero emissions federal building portfolio by 2045. Through these investments, GSA estimates that it could reduce carbon emissions by 2.3 million metric tons in greenhouse gas emissions. That is the equivalent of taking about 500,000 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

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