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Friday, March 7, 2014

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Critical safety updates in North St. Louis, modernization in Detroit, upgrades to border infrastructure, and renovation of a federal agency landmark will all be on the to-do list if the U.S. General Services Administration gets the funding it has requested.

Office buildings, courthouses, ports, roads and other public structure and infrastructure would be in for long-delayed major construction and repair projects for public buildings under President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget request announced Tuesday (March 4), the GSA said.

2015 Obama budget signing
White House photo / Pete Souza

President Obama signed his $3.9 trillion FY 2015 budget proposal on Tuesday (March 4).

The GSA, landlord for thousands of federally owned facilities, is seeking more than $745 million in construction funds and more than $1 billion in rental income to renovate, repair and maintain federal buildings.

'Common Sense'

The budget request involves "important, common-sense investments in the nation’s public ," according to the GSA. "These investments would enable GSA to properly maintain and improve the real estate assets owned and paid for by the American people."

Photos unless indicated: U.S. GSA

A $216.8 million request would complete Phase II of the expansion of the San Ysidro Land Port Entry in San Diego, CA—the busiest land port of entry in the Western Hemisphere.

Year after year of reduced funding has forced the GSA to forego more than $4 billion in capital improvements, the agency says. In addition, the GSA has had for years to divert some of its rental income to uses outside critically needed maintenance and repairs. That needs to change, the agency said.

"The President’s budget includes the investments we need to help rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, ensure that federal agencies can support economic and job growth in communities across this country, and provide vital and high quality services for the public,” said GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini.

In addition to the billion-dollar repair and renovation plans, the agency is eyeing nine major construction projects for FY 2015. More details are available on the agency's Pinterest page.

IRS Annex Building (Austin, TX). GSA wants to spend $11.8 million to buy and modernize the Internal Revenue Service Annex Building in Austin, TX, saying the changes would save $1.1 million a year in rent and improve safety and operating efficiency.


St. Elizabeth's West Campus in Washington, D.C., may get a $250 million upgrade.

St. Elizabeth's West Campus (Washington, D.C.). Construction of the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters was completed in FY2013, and GSA proposes to continue developing the campus by completing critical infrastructure, construction of new roads, and beginning construction of the DHS Operations Center. Cost: $250 million.

U.S. Post Office and Courthouse (Rutland, VT). The GSA wants $6.4 million to buy the Robert T. Stafford U.S. Post Office and Courthouse from the U.S. Postal Service and oversee the courts and other federal agencies operating there.

U.S. Department of Commerce (Herbert C. Hoover Building, Washington, D.C.). With $150.9 million, GSA would continue to modernize the Hoover Building, a historic landmark that houses the Department of Commerce. By making the building more efficient, Commerce can accommodate more staff from other locations and save about $4 million a year, GSA says.


The GSA hopes to renovate the Detroit Enterprise Computing Center for $75 million.

Detroit (MI) Enterprise Computing Center. After buying this building for $1, GSA wants to spend nearly $75 million to renovate it and consolidate numerous federal agencies into the location. The project would save about $11 million a year, according to the GSA.

Goodfellow Federal Complex (St. Louis, MO). With $36.7 million, the GSA can begin necessary repairs on 60-year-old utility tunnels and vaults in this decrepit facility, which the agency says is in "critical disrepair and in violation of [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] guidelines."

San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (San Diego, CA). This $216.8 million request would complete Phase II of the expansion of the busiest land port of entry in the Western Hemisphere.


New York's Alexandria Bay Land Port of Entry should be replace, according to the GSA.

Alexandria Bay (NY) Land Port of Entry. This $105.5 million request is for design and construction services to replace the existing land port of entry. The project includes replacing and adding both commercial and non-commercial inspection lanes, a plaza, and a main administration building.

Calexico (CA) West Port of Entry. GSA's $98 million budget request would fund the first phase of new pedestrian processing and privately owned vehicle inspection facilities, a new head house to provide supervision and services to the non-commercial vehicle inspection area, new administration offices, and a parking structure.

The White House calls Obama's $3.9 trillion budget plan a "roadmap for growth,  opportunity, and fiscal fesponsibility." The proposal is now before Congress.


Tagged categories: Construction; Government; Government contracts; Historic Structures; Maintenance + Renovation; Maintenance programs; Office Buildings; Rehabilitation/Repair; Renovation

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