GSA Takes First Step Toward Transfer of Bannister
Jan. 14, 2015
The U.S. General Services Administration took its first step toward transferring its portion of the Bannister Federal Complex during a farewell ceremony today.
GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb and National Nuclear Security Administration Site Manager Mark Holecek signed a memorandum of agreement today during the ceremony. The signing of the MOA is the critical first step in transferring GSA’s portion of the Complex, about 2 million square feet, to the NNSA.
“Today marks the giant step toward the transfer and redevelopment of the Bannister Federal Complex. It’s an honor to recognize 70 years of service to our country, and the employees who have served this country faithfully for as many years,” Klumb said.
About 250 former and current employees attended the ceremony to say farewell to the Complex’s 70 years of service. Former presidentially-appointed regional administrators representing four administrations spoke at today’s event.
The GSA is relocating its regional headquarters and approximately 1,000 employees to 2300 Main in Kansas City, Missouri, beginning this month. It will conclude its move by April. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will remain at Bannister until its relocation late this year.
The 5,000,000 square foot Bannister Federal Complex has two owners: GSA and the National Nuclear Security Administration. The Bannister Federal Complex is the size of two Empire State Buildings, and sits on 310 acres.
Senator Harry S. Truman broke ground on the facility July 4, 1942. His speech that day emphasized the outlook on the war: “America is in peril, grave peril. Let no one deny that fact.”
The facility was built to construct Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines for World War II. At the end of the war, more than 21,000 worked at the Complex.
In 2012, NNSA announced it had selected CenterPoint properties as its preferred planning partner for the redevelopment of Bannister. GSA is working now to transfer its portion of the Complex to NNSA. Both agencies will maintain responsibility for environmental monitoring and any required cleanup.
The agreement signed today expresses the commitment and cooperation of GSA and NNSA in consolidating ownership of the Complex. It also reaffirms the agencies’ commitment to environmental remediation as required by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
All current Bannister Federal Complex tenants are now in the process of relocating or actively working toward vacating the facility in 2015