SSA moves into historic Joseph F. Weis, Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Pittsburgh
GSA recently completed a renovation project that consolidates two Social Security Administration (SSA) leases into formerly vacant space at the Joseph F. Weis, Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The new 14,276 square foot office combines an SSA Director’s Office and Field Office, reducing their space needs by 35%. The new office, which reuses space previously vacated by the U.S. Postal Service, is projected to save over $3.3M in taxpayer money through future lease cost avoidance.
As part of the project, GSA restored several historic tile vaults, ornamental plaster trim, and decorative castings, which are original to the 1932 construction of the Weis Courthouse but had been concealed for decades. The restoration process included cleaning, repairs and patching, casting new replacement tiles, and finishing. The restored lobby now serves as SSA’s primary public entrance.
Restoration work was also completed on GSA’s lobby, which included installing new bronze doors that replicate the Weis Courthouse’s exterior entry doors. A new air handler unit was also installed, and a mechanical room was relocated.
“SSA is pleased that GSA was able to find us space in the downtown area so we can continue to serve the residents of Pittsburgh,” said Grey Roy, SSA Area Director, Philadelphia Region.
SSA moved into their new space in November 2020; the office remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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