From the Desk of Joanna Rosato

Joanna Rosato

FY20 certainly proved to be a challenging year for us all! We quickly transitioned and adapted to a virtual work environment while finding new ways to collaborate and stay connected. Demonstrating incredible resilience and dedication to public service, we maintained close connections to our clients, industry partners, and the community. These relationships enabled us to continue delivering the best value for Americans.

As our work continues to progress, I am excited to share that GSA is nearing completion on a new 175,000 square foot Measurement Systems Laboratory at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. In this Focus edition, read how this world-class facility will enable NASA to perform research and development in direct support of NASA’s mission in space exploration, science and aeronautics.

We are honored that the Design Build Institute of America selected the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Central Records Complex in Winchester, Virginia, as winner of their 2020 National Merit Award. We invite you to read about this award and this unique records storage facility, completed ahead of schedule and delivered by GSA earlier this year. You can also learn how GSA’s Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center has helped the USDA Farm Production and Conservation with a solution for their electronic records management needs.

I am excited to share updates about two of the new facilities designed and constructed by GSA at the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The Administrative and Classroom Building and the Tactical Training Building have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Staying connected with our federal clients remains crucial to our ability to understand their needs and develop innovative solutions that meet those needs. That’s why Mid-Atlantic PBS held a virtual Customer Connection event in September, designed to help agencies with expiring leases learn how to invest wisely while building flexibility into workplace design. To ensure we continue to maintain those strategic client connections moving forward, I am pleased to announce two familiar faces to many, Susan Geiger and Pam Pollard, taking on new roles as Mid-Atlantic PBS Client Planning Managers.

Staying connected with our industry partners helps us to understand what each partner needs for projects to succeed. Over 120 participants joined us on August 26 for the PBS Mid-Atlantic Region’s 13th Industry Day Workshop. We share highlights of the idea exchange in this Focus edition.

Staying connected with our local business communities, PBS Mid-Atlantic Region awarded over 70% of eligible contract dollars to small businesses. That translates to nearly $108 million in support of small businesses! GSA recently received an “A+” from the Small Business Administration, and our strong commitment to supporting small businesses continues in the year ahead.

Our recent restoration at the historic Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Wheeling, West Virginia, demonstrates GSA’s resolve to honor and preserve our nation’s history. The original exterior lampstands, in place when the building opened in 1907, have been restored, extending the life of these historic elements for years to come.

While we honor our history, we also look to the future to find ways to help our federal partners through these challenging times. We are committed to helping federal agencies lead a safe and effective return to on-site operations. We invite you to read our Return to Workplace Strategy Book, a compilation of information that agencies can use as a framework of considerations for returning to GSA owned and leased facilities.

As we begin fiscal year 2021, I hope you will continue to collaborate with us to develop innovative solutions and deliver the best value for the American people.

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


This article is part of the Fall issue of the FOCUS newsletter. Please visit the Focus Newsletter page to read our newsletter.

Last Reviewed: 2020-10-15