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GSA relocating workers for major renovation

By Ed O'Keefe



A rendering of GSA's Washington headquarters once renovations are completed in 2016. (Courtesy Shalom Baranes)

Roughly 1,200 General Services Administration employees will temporarily relocate starting in Spring 2011 as the agency's headquarters undergoes a massive renovation.

The workers will move from the agency's F St. NW location to One Constitution Square, at 1275 First Street NE in the rapidly gentrifying "NoMa" district.

GSA headquarters -- site of the Teapot Dome Scandal -- is one of Washington's older federal buildings and is in definite need of a makeover. (The Eye has seen the place. Nothing personal, but woah.)

The agency will temporarily displace workers in two waves, with individuals in two of the building's four wings moving at a time. The entire project should be completed by early 2016, GSA said.

GSA Senior Sustainability Officer Stephen R. Leeds said the building "will be transformed into an iconic national landmark of sustainable building design." Planners hope the renovation will earn LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and an energy-star rating. The renovations will add 105,000 square feet of space, a light-filled atrium and almost 800 photovoltaic panels to generate on-site renewable energy.

The temporary lease is one of the largest in D.C. and will absorb a major commercial vacancy, Leeds said.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 24, 2009; 3:33 PM ET
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues  
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