Developers Tour Building at McIntyre Industry Day
The Thomas J. McIntyre Federal Building Industry Day was a success as the General Services Administration, members of the Portsmouth, N.H. city government and 30 registered participants got a rundown of the Request for Information following a walk through of the 107,000 square foot building.
On Saturday, March 7, approximately 45 people toured the McIntyre building at 80 Daniel Street to kick off Industry Day. The tour included public areas, mechanical spaces and the roof, which provides a majestic panoramic view of the city of Portsmouth and the Piscataqua River.
The day continued with presentations by GSA staff on the goals and highlights of the RFI, as well as a brief overview of the requirements for a new facility. The new facility will require up to 40,000 gross square feet and sufficient on- and off-street parking spaces as appropriate to house approximately 100-150 personnel.
GSA is considering new approaches to engage the private sector to strengthen its real property portfolio, meet the long-term space needs of federal agencies by reducing the government’s footprint and maximize federal ownership within the Central Business District of the city of Portsmouth.
GSA has also identified a number of expiring leases and capital building projects, such as the McIntyre Building Exchange Project, as priorities due to their potential to impact economic growth. This change in the way the agency does business will improve outcomes for both local communities like Portsmouth and the federal government.
As the Industry Day was a collaborative effort with the city, members presented on their economic development goals and provided an overview of their potential roles in an exchange of the McIntyre as well. This partnership between the city of Portsmouth and GSA has been key to the progress of this action to date.