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GSA Selects 932,391 Square Foot Lease for HHS in Rockville, Maryland

Comprises agency’s largest lease award for FY 11

GSA # 10714

March 10, 2011
Contact: Emily Barocas, 215-501-1231

WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration announced today that it has selected the Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Md., for a 15-year lease for 932,391 rentable square feet. The lease will house elements of the Department of Health and Human Services. Occupancy is scheduled to occur in Summer 2014. The actual contract award will occur in the near future, after final due diligence is conducted.

“GSA used our best value methodology for the selection, which allows us to balance the qualities and features we seek in a location with the price,” commented Cathy Kronopolus, Public Buildings Service Regional Commissioner for GSA’s National Capital Region. “Parklawn will provide first-class office space, in a sustainable building, proximate to a Metrorail station at a good value for the American taxpayer.”

In addition to price, offers were evaluated against three factors: location; building characteristics; and past performance and key personnel, using the best value methodology. Location and buildings characteristic shared equal value. Two subfactors figured into location: access to Metrorail and access to amenities. Access to Metrorail was the most important of all subfactors. GSA evaluated the impact of so large a lease award through preparation of an environmental assessment.

James Phelan was GSA’s contracting officer, and Seyi Gbadegesin was the realty specialist. CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) served as GSA’s broker for the procurement.


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