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News in Brief
GSA’s new strategy in western Massachusetts renders $1.5 million in savings
In order to achieve The U.S. General Administration's goal of reducing building operating costs across the New England region, an innovative acquisition strategy was proposed.
The new strategy, which will yield a savings of $1.5 million over a five year period, consolidated services for janitorial and operations and maintenance (O&M) at four federal buildings in western Massachusetts – The Harold D. Donohue Federal Office Building and Courthouse in Worcester, the Silvio O’Conte Federal Building in Pittsfield, the Philbin Federal Building in Fitchburg and the Springfield U.S. Courthouse in Springfield.
This consolidation effort was 100 percent set aside for small business and was awarded based on best value.
Competitive proposals were received from a range of firms but the contract was awarded, effective May 1, to J’s Associates, LLC, a women-owned small business based in Maryland.
"Our new Western Massachusetts O&M contract achieves significant cost savings over previous contracts - $1.5 million or 28 percent - by using innovative contracting approaches and it ensures high quality service our agency customers expect and deserve,” said PBS Regional Commissioner Glenn Rotondo. “I am very proud of our team."
Furthermore, all buildings significantly cut down their cost per square foot price, bringing GSA building operating costs closer in range to industry prices. The team was able to do this by allowing all four buildings to share off-site labor, on-site labor, maintenance tools and equipment, and uniforms, while also maintaining the current level of service.
Additionally, it relied on the vendors to present creative staffing solutions as part of their proposal.