It’s official! GSA makes move to downtown
April 2, 2015
GSA Acting Administrator Denise Turner Roth and GSA Heartland Regional Administrator Jason Klumb joined U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, local leaders and regional employees March 31 to officially dedicate the new GSA regional office at 2300 Main St., Kansas City, MO.
“You are all a part of making GSA stronger, smarter about how we work,” Roth said to the workers during the event. “What we’re able to take away from this is not just a matter of how we find efficiencies and how we can perform more proficiently, but how we can apply what we’re doing here to help other agencies perform smarter and stronger in their space.”
GSA’s space at 2300 Main amounts to roughly 151,000 rentable square feet for its 1,000 employees, and is a more than 50 percent footprint reduction from its previous location in south Kansas City.
“By reducing our footprint, we are saving $64 million over the life of the lease, and it’s significantly less expensive than if we built a new building here,” said Klumb.
The layout of GSA’s new space reflects the aims of the agency’s Total Workplace Initiative – creating more “we” space and less “me” space. It seeks to provide the resources and expertise to help federal agencies reduce their office space footprints, foster collaboration, better manage technology spending, and increase energy efficiency.
“Our new office will serve as a showcase environment to demonstrate the principles of Total Workplace for internal and external customers both regionally and nationally,” GSA Workplace Program Specialist Jane Schuster said. “It will be a living model that our customers can use to experience the space in action and visualize how similar concepts could be implemented in their own offices.”
Ultimately, in a time of shrinking budgets, Total Workplace will save taxpayer dollars and allow agencies to invest more in their missions to better serve the American people.
GSA’s Heartland Region manages about 10 million square feet in the metro area. Nearly 4 million square feet in 17 federally-owned facilities, and about 6 million square feet of leased space in more than 60 buildings.
“There’s an excitement that comes with any move, and naturally some apprehensiveness,” said Klumb. “Luckily, as the federal government’s workplace leader, we have the expertise to not only find the best space but also outfit it with the right tools and technology to make it work for the workforce.“
Features of the new Kansas City office include:
--An open layout with ample access to daylight and an open-air atrium
--Workstation and room scheduling
--Very few private offices and assigned desks
--More conference rooms for small and large meetings
--More telephone rooms and collaboration spaces
--Just over 135 square-feet dedicated per person, with a typical workstation size of 6 x 6 feet
--A “quad” layout on fully occupied floors with easily identifiable sections — labeled Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest.
--State-of-the-art teleconference technology
--Large break areas with nearby seating available individuals or small groups
--Way-finding guides for visitors
--Mobile pedestals for personal storage with padding that can function as seating
--Secure lockers for additional storage during and after work hours