GSA Seeks Industry Input for Auburn Federal Complex Options
Release Date: May 7, 2015
Seattle, WA -- Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking innovative ideas from parties that may be interested in acquiring the Auburn Federal Complex southeast of Seattle in Auburn, Washington.
Through this RFI, GSA is exploring potential strategies that could convey all or a portion of the Auburn Federal Complex, out of federal ownership in exchange for replacement offices or renovation or new construction services to upgrade existing office space on a retained portion of the campus. The Auburn Federal Complex consists of a mix of office and warehouses on 129 acres. The campus is home to GSA’s Northwest/Arctic Region Regional Office Building, the Department of Homeland Security - Federal Protective Service (FPS) and a Social Security Administration Telework Center. GSA will use the information submitted in response to this RFI for planning purposes and to make strategic decisions regarding the future use of the property.
Chaun Benjamin, Regional Commissioner for GSA’s Public Buildings Service said: “The Auburn Federal Complex has a long, rich history with many of the warehouses built in the 1940s to support the World War II effort; however, the campus no longer meets the needs of today’s regional federal government. Therefore, we are considering a possible exchange option that would provide a state-of-the art facility for the current federal tenants including our own regional office, the Federal Protective Service and the Social Security Administration, all of which maximizes the value of the property on behalf the federal government and the taxpayer.”
About the Auburn Federal Complex
The complex includes warehouses, offices and an abandoned water tower on 129 acres. Six of the eight warehouses were built in 1944 by the U.S. Army as part of the World War II effort. The deadline for responding to the RFI is July 9, 2015, and details can be found here. For more information on the Auburn Exchange project click here.
Reducing the Federal Footprint & Increasing Efficiency
The Obama Administration has set aggressive goals for using Federal real estate assets more efficiently, and GSA has increased its efforts to help Federal agencies identify underutilized properties and move them into the disposal process. The Auburn Federal Complex RFI is part of GSA’s ongoing effort to get underperforming federal facilities off of the government's books, while creating the greatest possible value for taxpayers.