President Obama's 2016 Budget Proposes Landmark Investment in America's Public Buildings
California investments include facilities in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco
February 2, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced plans for major construction and repair projects outlined in President Obama’s 2016 budget request. For the first time, the President has included a provision for advanced funding of the Federal Buildings Fund program for Fiscal Year 2017 while also calling for targeted, commonsense investments to modernize America’s public buildings.
GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said the President’s budget supports GSA’s long-term plan to dramatically improve America’s real estate infrastructure:
“President Obama’s budget proposal is a testament to our commitment to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure for the 21st century. Advanced funding for the Federal Buildings program will give GSA the ability to plan long-term, providing certainty to communities across the country with pending investment needs. With Congress’ support, Americans will benefit from energy and cost efficient public buildings, modern and secure ports that keep our country safe and promote economic growth, savings from a significantly reduced federal footprint, and historic properties that are properly maintained for generations to come.”
The President has made several investments in supporting our nation’s infrastructure. This budget includes:
- $191 million to improve our land ports of entry facilities in New Mexico and New York, supporting increased security and trade throughout the country.
- $200 million to further GSA’s efforts to consolidate agencies within existing government-owned and leased space across the country to improve space utilization, optimize inventory, decrease reliance on leased space, increase energy and water conservation, and reduce the federal government’s footprint.
- $60 million to improve safety systems, meet security requirements, cut energy costs, and reduce water consumption in buildings across the country
In addition, the proposal includes more than $250 million in much needed funds for GSA’s appropriated accounts. This includes $62 million for the Office of Governmentwide Policy to develop policies and tools to drive savings and effectiveness in a number of areas, including procurement and travel. It also contains $58 million for the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies to deliver technology services to help federal agencies serve the American people as effectively and efficiently as possible.
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This budget also includes:
- $12 million for the repair and alteration of the Federal Building located in downtown, Los Angeles, California on Sixth Street. The project will upgrade outdated building systems in the 60-year-old facility and renovate and reconfigure the interior layout for operations efficiency and workplace optimization.
- $60 million for the reconfiguration and alteration of space in the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building and Courthouse to backfill vacant space resulting from the opening of the San Diego Courthouse Annex in FY 2013. In addition to recapturing vacant space, the project allows federal tenants to reduce their overall footprint by consolidating their operations in federal space, relocate childcare operations currently housed in leased space, and correct significant life safety and security deficiencies in the facility. Approximately 94,000 rentable square feet (RSF) will be reconfigured, allowing the government to release costly leased space reducing the government’s rental payment to the private sector by approximately $2.7 million annually.
- $27 million for a repair and alteration project to reconfigure existing vacant space and upgrade impacted building systems at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. The project includes the build out for backfill of approximately 140,000 rentable square feet (RSF), allowing the government to release costly leased space reducing the government’s rental payment to the private sector by approximately $9.3 million annually.