Rivas-Camp Recognized for Work In Historic Preservation
March 20, 2008
Contact: Maryanne Beatty (202) 501-1231
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WASHINGTON—Rolando Rivas-Camp, FAIA, Director for the Center for Historic Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), was presented with the Beinecke-Reeves Award by the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning, the agency announced today.
This annual award recognizes an individual who exemplifies the spirit of historic preservation in Florida. It is given to an individual or group having a connection to the state and demonstrated dedication to historic preservation.
“As the steward of more than 420 historic properties, GSA has an enormous on-going responsibility,” said GSA Administrator Lurita Doan. “Rolando’s exemplary work in Florida and throughout the nation has helped us fulfill our mission and earn our reputation as a leader in Federal preservation.”
Mr. Rivas-Camp oversees preservation initiatives and activities within GSA’s national office and eleven regional preservation programs. The Office is responsible for disseminating policies and best practices to help the agency make sound decisions on the reuse of historic buildings, apply appropriate rehabilitation techniques and alternatives and invest limited federal resources wisely to maintain the government’s public building legacy in a cost-effective, sustainable manner. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Florida at Gainesville. Mr. Rivas-Camp also studied at the University of London’s Bedford and Birkbeck Colleges Architectural Studies program. In 2005, he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.
“As GSA’s Director of Historic Buildings and the agency’s Preservation Officer, Rolando works tirelessly to ensure that GSA’s historic properties remain the jeweled treasures of our inventory,” said GSA’s Commissioner of Public Buildings David L. Winstead. “Under his leadership, the agency has risen to the forefront of the preservation profession, gaining recognition for policies and model practices, making preservation integral to our business.”
The award is named in honor of the late Walter Beinecke, Jr. and University of Florida professor emeritus F. Blair Reeves, both of whom are known nationally for their accomplishments in historic preservation.
GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers.
• Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 208,000 vehicles.
• GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services.
• GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
Did You Know? Twenty-five percent of GSA’s owned buildings are historic.