GSA Rocky Mountain Region employees working in Building 41.

GSA Rocky Mountain Region Is Making Federal Office Real Estate More Efficient

Did you know that GSA’s regional headquarters office in Building 41 at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colo., is under-going space reduction and consolidation? GSA is reducing its real estate footprint in the building from 104,000 square feet to 55,000 square feet, leaving 35,000 square feet of office space for additional federal tenants. The $2.5 million project has a payback of less than three years and an anticipated completion date of June 2015. GSA expects to achieve an all-in per person utilization rate of 135 usable square feet at Building 41, down from 300 usable square feet.

Not only is the building undergoing space reduction and consolidation, GSA’s has been diligently working to turn it into a more sustainable facility. In 2014, the building received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ certification for numerous improvements, which included:

  • Increased on-site renewable energy,
  • Added alternative commuting transportation,
  • Water efficient landscaping,
  • Controllable lighting systems, and
  • Enhanced daylight and views.

In addition to the sustainable features, the renovated space will prove to be a model modern workspace with people-focused, activity-based, and amenity-abundant features.  In other words, gone will be the private offices, high-walled cubicles, and the dreary aesthetics of a typical government office building. Instead, the building will be transformed into a vibrant work environment that emphasizes the importance of collaboration and flexibility. To accommodate these work needs and others, the building will be divided into the following work-zones:

  • The Central Hub for collaboration,
  • The Quiet Zone for quiet, head-down work,
  • The re-invented Skylight Cafe for break and social functions, and
  • Team work areas.

The following furniture options will be available for these work-zones:

  • Low-paneled and open benching workstations,
  • Teaming collaborative units equipped with technology,
  • Sit-to-stand, height-adjustable workstations, and
  • Comfortable lounge seating.

There will also be ample options for meetings in large, medium, and small conference rooms, including several individual phone booths for private conversations. The space will support the ability to work anywhere at anytime, shifting away from traditional assigned-desk work environment.  Over time, the space will continue to evolve as new workplace strategies, concepts, and innovations develop, maintaining an always current and ever adaptive workspace.

The movement from the assigned-desk work environment that’s occurring in both the public and private sector has been driven by a number of factors, including the reality that greater productivity, creativity, and innovation occurs when workers are given more flexibility. GSA is proud to be a leader in this movement, and will continue to look for ways to make its real estate inventory more efficient.