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GSA Seeks New Approach for Design, Construction Projects

By Pam Hunter and Tom Ichniowski for Engineering News-Record

New land ports of entry, such as Mariposa Station in Nogales, are a GSA priority. Photo credit: wikipedia.org

New land ports of entry, such as Mariposa Station in Nogales, are a GSA priority. Photo credit: wikipedia.org

As the General Services Administration waits to see how much construction funding congressional appropriators will provide for FY2015, the reality of a more austere overall budget environment is reshaping the way GSA works with the architecture-engineering-construction industry, says Michael Gelber, deputy commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service.

Gelber told a joint Design-Build Institute of America-Society of American Military Engineers symposium in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 19 that GSA is striving to modernize its approach to project delivery and design.

It is using more energy-saving performance contracts to help finance projects. It also is looking to the private sector to find ways to trim federal buildings’ overall footprint. Moreover, GSA is seeking novel ideas to design space for a more mobile, transient workforce, he said.

President Obama’s 2015 budget proposed $745 million for GSA’s new construction, mostly for land ports of entry.

But GSA’s actual 2015 construction plans likely will hinge on a yet-to-be- introduced stopgap spending bill to fund the agency—and the rest of the government—for at least part of the new fiscal year, which starts on Oct. 1.

The House approved $966 million for 2015; the Senate appropriations subcommittee recommended $1.1 billion.

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