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GSA Seeks Billions for U.S. Buildings

Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Agency buildings, courthouses, ports and other government-owned structures would receive funding for much-needed construction and repair projects under President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget request.

Overall, the nation’s largest landlord has requested a budget of $10.4 billion—about 13 percent higher than its budget this fiscal year, according to the General Services Administration.


President Obama released his $4 trillion budget plan for fiscal year 2016 on Feb. 2. The proposal is now before Congress.

Specifically, GSA is asking Congress for about $1.3 billion for new construction and acquisition and $1.2 billion for repairs and alterations to the nation’s federal facilities.

Planning for the Future

The budget request reflects a “targeted approach” that “supports GSA’s long-term plan to dramatically improve America’s real estate infrastructure,” GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said in a statement.

For the first time, the GSA included a provision for advanced funding of the Federal Buildings Fund program for fiscal 2017. The program is described as a “quasi-revolving fund” leveraging income GSA collects from charging rent to fund the agency’s Public Building Service’s activities.

st. elizabeths campus

St. Elizabeth's Campus development site in Washington, D.C., may get a $379 million investment. The agency is consolidating the Department of Homeland Security's headquarters.

“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,” Tangherlini said.

“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.”

Major Projects

Among the projects mentioned in the proposal, GSA has requested $379 million to consolidate the Department of Homeland Security’s 40 buildings into one federal campus at St. Elizabeth’s Campus in Washington, D.C.

Nashville Federal Building
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

With $181.5 million, GSA can build a new federal courthouse in Nashville, TN. The new facility would replace the 63-year old Estes Kefauver Federal Building.

The agency is also asking for $227 million to construct a new civilian cyber campus in the National Capital Region.

In addition, the agency wants $181.5 million to build a new federal courthouse in Nashville, TN. The new 386,000-square-foot facility would replace the 63-year-old Estes Kefauver Federal Building, according to The Tennessean. Congress has already spent $25.1 million on the site, the report notes.


GSA has requested $191 million to improve land ports of entry facilities including New York's Alexandria Bay Land Port of Entry.

The agency’s proposed budget also includes:

  • $200 million to further GSA’s efforts to consolidate agencies within existing government-owned and leased space;
  • $191 million to improve land ports of entry facilities in New Mexico and New York, supporting increased security and trade nationwide; and
  • $60 million to improve safety systems, meet security requirements, cut energy costs, and reduce water consumption in buildings across the country.

Project details are available on the agency’s Pinterest page.

Additional Requests

The budget plan also proposes $62 million for the Office of Government-wide Policy to develop policies and tools to drive savings and effectiveness in a number of areas, including procurement and travel, according to the GSA.

Also, $58 million is requested 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,” the GSA added.


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

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