Partnering session builds relationships to support the Courthouse Program
During a day-long virtual meeting held Nov. 19, 2020, sponsored by PBS National Office of Design & Construction, nearly 100 employees from GSA, U.S. Marshals Service, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys met to build relationships and support the FY16/18 Courthouse Program (with 14 projects nationwide). GSA and the Court family achieved their annual partnering session’s goal of enhancing understanding of risk management at the program and project level and associated courthouse security.
The FY16/18 Courthouse Program is a program of a dozen projects funded in FY16 and another two in FY18, delivering 1.7 million gross square feet of new or modernized courthouse space. Five of these projects will be substantially complete in 2021 with another four in 2022. By taking a holistic view of these projects as one body of work, GSA and the Court family can share best practices and lessons learned across all projects to ensure consistency in Courthouse facilities as well as efficiency in how the projects are delivered.
These partnering sessions are held annually, typically in person. In spite of the challenges 2020 presented to all of us on every level, the team was determined to hold a 2020 meeting. David Lee, PBS National Office of Design & Construction Director of Courthouse Programs Management Division, emphasized the importance of the annual meeting, “Partnering sessions have been an integral part to the success of the courthouse program. It has provided the program great opportunities to highlight common goals and challenges to help us all move forward together to solve problems. It is also a great opportunity to celebrate successes and highlight the importance and benefits of continuing to work as partners.”
The fully virtual meeting was considered a success, achieving the goals of relationship building, managing program risk and applying lessons learned in the security aspects of the projects as well as general best practices to all program projects.
David Insinga, Chief of Space and Facilities Division of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts described these annual partnering sessions as
“... a great opportunity to celebrate the successes of the Courthouse Program to date. The sessions get better and better every year.” Javier E. Inclán, Assistant Director, Management Support Division of the U.S. Marshals Service stated, “The Courthouse Partnering Session was an excellent opportunity to have a frank discussion with all partners. These sessions are invaluable for all stakeholders and create an environment that strengthens our partnership even further.”
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