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Plaza Project Completion Adds New Green Space To Lower Manhattan

April 4, 2013

Renovated Plaza Provides Lower Manhattan’s Newest Green Space

Photo of ribbon-cutting ceremony
Federal Plaza ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark
the reopening of the plaza and the east entrance
to the building

GSA’s recently completed plaza renovation project at lower Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Federal Building not only provides new waterproofing and structural repairs to the roof of its underground parking garage, but has also resulted in a redesigned plaza that local area workers and residents can enjoy.

Northeast and Caribbean Regional Administrator Denise L. Pease, joined by the project team and representatives from other federal agencies located at the building, recently held a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the reopening of the plaza and the east entrance to the building.

With just a few brief remarks noting the greatly anticipated occasion and praising the project team for their efforts, Pease wielded the oversized scissors to snip the long red ribbon in half. Immediately participants and guests moved out onto the new plaza to then witness as the United States flag was raised to resume its place once again over the plaza. Once the flag was at full staff Colonel Paul Owen of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

In addition to new seating, landscaping, and garden-like plantings, the plaza also offers a fun water feature in the form of an enlivening fountain that spouts up from the ground with ever changing water patterns. Working with a renowned landscape architecture firm, GSA and its contractors have created a new urban oasis in lower Manhattan that will serve well the needs of workers and the emergent residential population in the civic center area.

Last Reviewed: 2017-08-13