Posts Tagged ‘general services administration’

Downsizing GSA Leads by (Extreme) Example

The federal government is downsizing. Driven in part by a budget shortfall, the General Services Administration, which manages federal government office buildings, is undertaking several efforts to reduce the federal footprint in D.C.—including an ambitious plan to transform the federal enclave in the Southwest quadrant into a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood.
As the GSA completes its return [...]

Trumps Finalize Deal for Old Post Office Hotel

The transformation of the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue NW into a luxury hotel took a big step forward today with an announcement from the General Services Administration that it's reached a deal with Donald and Ivanka Trump.
According to a press release from GSA, the agreement cements a 60-year lease for the Trumps [...]

Livable. Walkable. Federal?

“How many of you go to L’Enfant Plaza to dine or for entertainment?” the General Services Administration’s Genevieve Hanson asked a crowd of about 50 developers and interested members of the public last week. Two hands went up.
Hanson rephrased her question: How many of the audience members considered the area just south of the National [...]

Ten Developers Respond to Federal Triangle South RFI

Ten developers have responded to a recent request for information on the redevelopment of a federal enclave south of the National Mall, according to a General Services Administration spokesman.
GSA, in collaboration with the National Capital Planning Commission and the D.C. Office of Planning, is working to overhaul the area in an effort to consolidate outdated [...]

A New Federal Pentagon in Southwest?

The Southwest quadrant has some problems. We all know it. Today, the General Services Administration took a step toward fixing it.
Granted, it's a small step: an announcement of the GSA's "intent to issue a Request for Information (RFI) for interested parties to address the long term needs of multiple GSA Federal Customers located [...]

Fun Falls Victim to GSA Cost Cutting

For a minute there, it looked like the federal government was going to embrace temporary urbanism, with a creative installation to enliven the cold, dead heart of Federal Triangle. So much for that idea: The General Services Administration put the contest on indefinite hold, three months after issuing a call for qualifications.
Why the about-face? The National [...]

Latest Perimeter Security Designs Get Marginally Better

What the fences will look like.

Last year, after Osama bin Laden had been killed and the tenth anniversary of September 11th was nearly upon us, I took a look at how well D.C.'s haphazard security measures were being baked into the landscape. The conclusion: Not badly, given that ideas for how to protect buildings from [...]

After Scandal, Tangherlini Swapped In At General Services Administration

Holy career moves! Dan Tangherlini, the former District Department of Transportation director-turned-Metro head-turned-City Administrator whom President Barack Obama plucked to be Chief Financial and Performance officer for the Treasury, has been named head of the General Services Administration following the resignation of Martha Johnson over "excessive spending."
And how. The Post reports that Johnson's agency, which [...]

Cafeteria Leftovers

This week's column had to fit onto a measly one page, so I couldn't include some of the random tidbits that piled up after a week and a half of visiting the District's cafeterias. Here they are:

A number of the federal government's cafeterias have been upgraded over the last few years as the General [...]

Cafeteria Society

The south side of the National Mall
has never been known for dynamic dining. And at lunchtime, C Street SW is especially forlorn. Other than the occasional snack cart, the strip’s monolithic office buildings generate all the midday foot traffic of abandoned warehouses.
Have faith, hungry pedestrian! Step through a barely visible door near the corner of [...]