From the Desk of Joanna Rosato

Joanna Rosato

Spring has sprung in the Mid-Atlantic Region! The days are becoming warmer, the trees are greener, and flowers are popping up all around us. Spring is the season of new growth and new opportunities. We thank you for your collaboration over the past year in our efforts to keep everyone safe, while continuing to move our work forward. I am optimistic for brighter days ahead, and I am delighted to share with you what we have been up to this very long winter!

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we recently completed the Social Security Administration's Arthur J. Altmeyer Building modernization on schedule and within budget. In this Focus edition, we discuss how we’ve nearly doubled the building’s occupancy capacity, providing SSA with new workplace opportunities at their headquarters campus in Woodlawn, Maryland.

We also share news about our recently awarded lease for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The new location will reduce NRC’s footprint by 53%, saving the agency and American taxpayers over $1.85 million in annual rent costs upon occupancy in 2022.

The opportunity to collaborate with the Department of State in delivering their new Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia, was a great accomplishment for GSA. We are honored to share that this project was recently recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in our industry, and we invite you to read about them in this edition.

I hope you will join me in welcoming some familiar faces to new roles in our organization. We are happy to announce David France is our new Charleston Field Office Manager and Joe Stephenson is our newest Project Executive. David and Joe look forward to exploring new opportunities for providing effective and sustainable workplace solutions for federal agencies at the best value for the American taxpayer.

In 2013, we completed a groundbreaking installation of solar panels at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services headquarters in Woodlawn, Maryland. In this Focus edition, we take a look back at that project and the subsequent energy and financial savings. I’m excited by the opportunity for more projects like this and what that means for our ability to help lead a clean energy revolution and tackle the climate emergency.

Empowering small businesses is the hallmark of President Biden’s “American Rescue Plan.” GSA has already awarded nearly $200 million to women-owned small businesses this year. We invite you to learn how our recent virtual networking session for women-owned small businesses, and similar events, are successfully connecting women-owned small businesses with federal marketplace opportunities.

The landscape is certainly changing, as is the workplace of the future. We invite you to register for our April 13 Client Enrichment Series webinar on the future of federal work. Hear about new opportunities for bringing technology and space together to support the federal workforce and the work we accomplish. We also invite you to register for GSA’s April 22 Federal Acquisition Service training on electronic records management.

The past year has been a tumultuous one for sure. I hope you will take some time to breathe in the fresh air, be inspired by artwork such as Louise Nevelson's 2019 Bicentennial Dawn in Philadelphia, and recharge as we begin this new season of opportunity.

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


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

Last Reviewed: 2021-04-08