PBS Commissioner Dan Mathews accepts award on behalf of GSA for Section 111 Outleasing Program

Dan Mathews, GSA PBS Commissioner

In November, on behalf of GSA, PBS Commissioner Dan Mathews received the Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for GSA’s Section 111 Outleasing Program. The award was one of nine presented by the National Trust during its 2020 Past Forward Online National Preservation Conference.

The award recognizes a project or program in which a federal agency and one or more non-federal partners, including tribes, have together achieved an exemplary preservation outcome.

Upon accepting the award on behalf of GSA, Mathews gave remarks virtually.

“It is an honor to accept the 2020 Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation Award for the GSA section 111 Outleasing Program. Since its inception 20 years ago, the GSA Outleasing Program has restored and increased the public benefit of federally owned historic properties across the country. Section 111 specifically has over 700 outleases in 198 historic buildings. We are proud to be a partner in the effort to restore and preserve the country’s heritage while delivering value to the American people.”

GSA’s Section 111 Outleasing Program is a nationwide program that leases space in historic federally owned buildings for rehabilitation and reuse by the community, making federal buildings more accessible to the public and contributing to the vitality of the surrounding community.

Revenue generated using Section 111 authority is deposited in BA64 of the Federal Buildings Fund, where it must be used within two fiscal years following the fiscal year in which it was earned.

In recent years, Region 3 has received BA64 funds for projects including the restoration and replication of exterior light fixtures at the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Wheeling, West Virginia; installation of bronze balance doors at the 7th Avenue entrance and restoration of four vaults of Guastavino tile at the Joseph F. Weis Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and exterior repairs at the Erie Courthouse in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Guastavino tile (right) and bronze balance doors at the 7th Avenue entrance (left) at the Joseph F. Weis Jr. U.S. Courthouse in
Guastavino tile (left) and bronze balance doors at the 7th Avenue entrance (right) at the Joseph F. Weis Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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Last Reviewed: 2021-01-12