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President Requests $1.4B for U.S. Buildings

Thursday, February 11, 2016

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The nation’s largest landlord will be able to put nearly $1.4 billion in funds toward federal building developments and other projects under President Barack Obama’s 2017 budget proposal.

“The President’s budget includes investments necessary to further strengthen our nation’s real estate portfolio while promoting development in communities across the country,” the General Services Administration’s Administrator Denise Turner Roth said Tuesday (Feb. 9).

Perkins + Will / GSA

With $248 million, the GSA can complete its upgrade to the Calexico, CA, U.S. Land Port of Entry.

For his final White House budget plan, President Obama proposed a $4.1 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2017. An annotated budget message from the President is available here.

New Construction, Upgrades

The following projects are among the proposal’s GSA allocations:

  • $759 million for the construction of a consolidated FBI headquarters;
  • $267 million to construct a new Federal Emergency Management Agency building at St. Elizabeth’s in Washington;
  • $248 million to complete the upgrade of the Calexico, CA, U.S. Land Port of Entry; and
  • More than $91 million for two Detroit projects (including an $81 million upgrade to a GSA building purchased for $1).

The President’s budget also includes a new $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund that will retire, replace, or modernize the federal government’s most at-risk legacy IT systems, the GSA reported.


The proposed budget includes $759 million for the construction of a new headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Image above was taken during a public scoping meeting for the consolidation project.

"The budget … reflects my priorities and the priorities that I believe will help advance security and prosperity in America for many years to come," Obama told reporters at the White House Tuesday.

Many believe the budget is unlikely to draw favor from the Republican-controlled Congress.


Tagged categories: Building owners; Construction; Economy; Funding; General Services Administration; Good Technical Practice; Government; Government contracts; North America; Office Buildings

Comment from Mark Anater, (2/11/2016, 8:28 AM)

"Unlikely to draw favor" is an understatement. Congress won't even consider it, given that this is Obama's last year in the White House, and Congress is busy trying to kill the ACA and defund Planned Parenthood.

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