In 2015, the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service provided effective, mobile, sustainable workplace solutions for federal agencies at the best value for the federal government. Throughout the nation, we worked to reduce and modernize the government’s real estate footprint. PBS increased the use of data analyses to help guide our decision making processes producing significant savings and better service for the American people. Here are just a few of the highlights over 2015:
- GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth cut the ribbon on the Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building, the new state-of-the-art hub for FBI’s South Florida operations.
- PBS led the Fine Arts Collection online initiative, showcasing America’s art collection and promoting local art and artists in our buildings.
- The Denver Federal Center finished its third phase of workplace transformation. The office supports 390 employees and GSA has reduced its footprint by 50 percent. Rent savings exceed $850,000 per year.
- Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Honolulu marked the completion of part one of the building’s modernization project.
GSA also transferred the ownership of Gay Head Lighthouse in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Its extraordinary story is detailed here in the GSA Blog. In addition, GSA sold four lighthouses:
- Miah Maull Lighthouse – Delaware Bay, New Jersey: The lighthouse, built in 1909, sold on Aug. 7 for $90,000. Seven bidders participated in the auction.
- Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse – Old Saybrook, Connecticut: The lighthouse, constructed in the 1880s, was sold at auction to Frank Sciame Jr. on Sept. 1 for $290,000. He beat out seven other bidders.
- Peck Ledge Lighthouse – Norwalk Islands, Connecticut: Built in 1906, Peck Ledge was deemed excess in May 2014. It sold in September for $235,000. A total of six bidders participated in the auction.
- Butler Flats Lighthouse – New Bedford, Massachusetts: Located at the mouth of New Bedford Harbor and the Acushnet River, the 1898 lighthouse sold at auction on Nov. 23 for $80,000. Six bidders participated.