From the Desk of Acting Regional Commissioner Tom Lyman

Tom Lyman

As we usher in 2023, what a unique moment this is for the federal workplace. GSA wrapped up 2022 successfully delivering a number of projects that demonstrate the power of GSA and our federal tenants working together to rethink, reimagine and develop new kinds of workplaces that empower federal employees and advance the government’s mission.

GSA engaged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in a workplace study that analyzed NRC’s space needs and recommended ways to operate more efficiently. The resulting recently completed NRC leased space in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, reduced NRC’s footprint by 53% and will save the agency over $1.85 million in annual rent costs. GSA has begun a similar workplace engagement effort with the Naval Supply Systems in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, working with NAVSUP on ways to improve the overall layout and function of their existing office space.

In October, we joined other federal officials in breaking ground on a new veterans clinic in Chesapeake, Virginia, that will improve veterans’ access to outpatient services such as primary care, mental health and eye clinic services. We also joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to cut the ribbon on their new National Weather Service lease in Charleston, West Virginia, where the agency will provide real-time impact-based decision support services to federal, state and local partners before, during and after severe weather, hydrologic or other critical disaster events.

PBS is a national leader in sustainable and high performance buildings, ensuring our investments encourage reduced climate pollution and catalyze private sector partnership and investment in cleaner technologies. In December, GSA joined the U.S. Courts to cut the ribbon for the new Sylvia H. Rambo U.S. Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The numerous sustainable features of the courthouse, which contains eight courtrooms and 11 chambers, puts it on track for LEED Gold certification.

We all continue to strive for effective and efficient operations. As you look for ways to optimize your workspace, one solution may be to utilize offerings of the GSA Multiple Award Schedule to digitize your agency's paper documents and records currently occupying valuable space. In the year ahead, we’ll continue our focus on integrating physical space with technology solutions to create and test new, useful services.

We are humbled that our industry partners continue to recognize our vision for federal workplaces and responsible delivery of excellence and value for American taxpayers. In November, the American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania Chapter recognized our recently completed U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia, with an Honor Award for Architecture. Our recently completed NASA Measurement Systems Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia, was also honored this fall with an Award of Excellence in Development Design from the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate and an Excellence in Construction Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors Virginia Chapter. Our Arthur J. Altmeyer Building modernization for the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn, Maryland, was recognized by both the American Institute of Architects in Virginia and the American Architecture Awards. The design of our ongoing renovation at the William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was also honored with a Merit Award from AIA Philadelphia.

GSA brings together a talented and diverse workforce to deliver these projects. In 2023, we welcome familiar faces in new roles within our Mid-Atlantic PBS leadership. We are pleased to announce Doreen Waltrich as the new Director of our Acquisition Management Division, Shawn McNabb as our new Pittsburgh Field Office Manager, Caitlin Zaslow as our new Design and Construction Workplace Branch Chief, and Pamela Pollard as our new Facilities Management Division Risk Management Branch Chief.

The future of work is one where the federal workforce is strong, empowered and well-equipped to effectively deliver for the public. Our team looks forward to continuing our work with you to meet the government’s needs now and into the future.

Tom Lyman
Acting Regional Commissioner
Public Buildings Service
GSA Mid-Atlantic Region


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Last Reviewed: 2023-01-12