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GSA Awards Spotlight Excellence in Federal Architecture

GSA # 10567

March 19, 2009
Contact:  MaryAnne Beatty, (202) 501-1231       

Contact: Melissa Williams, (202) 501-1231

WASHINGTON – Exemplary work in public design took center stage today as the U.S. General Services Administration honored 18 projects at its biennial Design Awards ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building.

“These projects represent the best of the best of GSA’s work for its federal agency customers and the American people,” said GSA acting Administrator Paul Prouty. “They embody GSA’s goals to create superior workplaces, develop creative solutions, and implement cost-effective acquisition services and management policies.”

A jury of private design, construction, and art professionals chaired by Los Angeles-based architect Mehrdad Yazdani reviewed more than 80 projects for this cycle of GSA’s Design Awards, receiving submissions in 13 categories that included architecture, preservation, engineering, sustainability, interior design, art, urban design, and construction.

“These awards help us measure our success as a federal agency and provide a benchmark for quality for future projects,” said GSA’s Public Buildings Service acting Commissioner Tony Costa. “They also allow us to honor those individuals whose creativity, collaboration, and dedication have made GSA a design and construction leader.”

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the GSA Design Excellence Program, which is founded on the “Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture,” issued by President Kennedy in 1962.

The awards program is open to contract design professionals, contractors, artists, and/or organizations that completed or are working on projects for GSA or under GSA authority, as well as current or former GSA employees with professional responsibility for a GSA-authorized project.

For more information about the GSA Design Excellence Awards, visit

The following is a complete list of GSA award-winning projects:

Wayne Lyman Morse U.S. Courthouse, Eugene, Ore.  
San Francisco Federal Building, San Francisco, Calif.  
U.S. Courthouse, Springfield, Mass.    
U.S. Land Port of Entry, Raymond, Mont.    

U.S. Courthouse, Austin, Texas     
U.S. Land Port of Entry, Donna, Texas    
U.S. Land Port of Entry, Warroad, Minn.    
U.S. Land Port of Entry, Massena, N.Y.    

U.S. Courthouse, Alpine, Texas     

Byron G. Rogers U.S. Courthouse, Denver, Colo.  
Richard Bolling Federal Building, Kansas City, Mo.  

U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Brooklyn, N.Y.  

Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building, Cleveland, Ohio 

San Francisco Federal Building, San Francisco, Calif. 

Wayne Lyman Morse U.S. Courthouse, Eugene, Ore.  

Wayne Lyman Morse U.S. Courthouse, Eugene, Ore. 

Wayne Lyman Morse U.S. Courthouse, Eugene, Ore.  
Art in Architecture Book     


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 213,000 vehicles. 

• GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 historic properties, and as manager of, 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?    The Design Excellence Program is the center for GSA’s advocacy of design quality and artistic expression.  It seeks the finest — and most appropriate — architects and artists for GSA commissions and their best design solutions to produce facilities of outstanding quality and value


Last Reviewed 2010-04-30