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GSA Announces Release of 'Growth, Efficiency, And Modernism'

GSA # 10058

December 5, 2003
Contact: Deborah K. Ruiz, (202) 501-1231

GSA Announces Release of ‘Growth, Efficiency, And Modernism’

Visually Appealing Report Offers Review of Agency Assets From 1950s, 60s, and 70s

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Center for Historic Buildings today announced the release of its recently published report, "Growth, Efficiency, And Modernism: GSA Buildings of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s."

The center is a division of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service.

"The report … will help GSA better understand our modern-era buildings and inform future reinvestment decisions by taking into account our highest quality and most distinctive buildings," said PBS Commissioner F. Joseph Moravec in the report’s introduction. "Responsible portfolio management on our part will ensure that public buildings contribute to the social and economic vitality of communities across the country."

"Growth, Efficiency, And Modernism" is the result of a two-year study commissioned by GSA to review the agency’s assets from those specific time periods within the context of their time and to use the results to better understand the modern-era buildings in its portfolio so as to allow for better management.

The report provides a means by which the historic and architectural significance of GSA’s mid-century modern buildings may be evaluated as they near the half-century mark, a point of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places.

Of particular interest is the report’s visual appeal. "Growth, Efficiency, And Modernism" offers stunning black and white photographs on almost every page. As it reports its findings, "Growth, Efficiency, And Modernism" offers photography which helps capture and express the appeal in each design. Additionally, the detail offered in each segment of the report clarifies the different architectural styles and stages of federal design from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

The twin challenges of maintaining and rehabilitating these facilities in a cost-effective manner belongs to PBS. Even so, GSA retains its commitment to maintain the integrity of public architecture by preserving historic buildings with sensitive upgrades and by respecting the character-defining features in each building.

GSA is a centralized federal procurement and property management agency created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. It acquires, on behalf of federal agencies, office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies and services. GSA, comprised of 13,000 associates, provides services and solutions for the office operations of over 1 million federal workers located in more than 8,000 government-owned and leased buildings in 2,000 U.S. communities.

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