GSA Seeks Proposals for Federal Triangle South Project
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) requiring shortlisted developers to outline the construction and development services they are willing to provide in exchange for two buildings at Federal Triangle South in southwest Washington, D.C. These services would be used to help GSA consolidate approximately 1,500 regional staff from its Regional Office Building into the agency’s headquarters located at 1800 F St., NW and renovate up to four historic buildings at the St. Elizabeths Campus. In exchange, GSA would convey development rights to the Regional Office Building and Cotton Annex. Proposals from shortlisted developers are due by October 16 2015; the successful offeror will be selected in the fall.
From Darren Blue, Public Buildings Commissioner for GSA’s National Capital Region:
“The Federal Triangle South project is a good example of how GSA’s exchange authority benefits all parties involved: GSA will get much needed construction development services at no costs to taxpayers; the private sector developer will get two pieces of prime Washington, D.C. real estate, and the city will get a mixed-use development that supports its vision for a sustainable community stretching from the National Mall to the Southwest Waterfront. GSA looks forward to working with the private sector to transform Federal Triangle South, and we will continue to use our exchange authority in innovative ways.”
As a result of the frugal federal budget climate over the past few years and President Obama’s 2012 initiative to reduce the federal footprint, GSA began using its exchange authority and other strategies to transform the way the agency manages inefficient and outdated assets. Per Section 412 of the GSA General Provisions, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, GSA can convey these types of federal assets to a developer in exchange for construction and development services. This allows the agency to leverage the value of older, outdated buildings for new, highly efficient space for itself and partner agencies. The Federal Triangle South project is one of two exchange processes in Washington, D.C. that GSA is currently managing. The other is the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project.
About the Federal Triangle South Project
Federal Triangle South is a group of five GSA-controlled federal office buildings in Southwest D.C. housing over 12,000 federal employees -- the Cotton Annex (vacant), the Forrestal complex (Energy), the Orville & Wilbur Wright buildings (FAA), and the GSA Regional Office Building (GSA/NCR and DHS). In 2012, GSA began to explore the possible exchange of the Cotton Annex and Regional Office Building with a private sector developer to accomplish several goals -- obtain modern workspace for federal employees currently housed in the Regional Office Building and other locations, create a vibrant mixed-use area as recommended in the National Capital Planning Commission’s Southwest Eco District plan and the D.C. Maryland Avenue plan, and achieve best value for the government and the American taxpayer through the innovative use of the Section 412 Exchange process. In December 2012, GSA issued an RFI to test market interest in the idea, in April 2014 GSA issued an RFQ seeking developers, and in March 2015 GSA announced that it had selected a shortlist of developers.