Thursday, April 9, 2009

Recovery in the house!

Well, actually it's in in the Executive Branch...
Good news! The stimulus funds designed to update infrastructure and create jobs is affecting my office. Here's an official email from some invisible Bureaucrat:

Last week GSA delivered a $5.5 billion Recovery Act project list to Congress. Included on that list was the renovation of the GSA Headquarters building.
Renovating the building at 1800 F Street will occur in two phases. The first phase will cost roughly $161 million and address:
removing and replacing building systems, such as HVAC, plumbing, electrical, telephone, fire and safety; installing advanced meters to improve monitoring of electricity and water use, lighting controls and sensors that turn off lights when not needed, new and improved heating and air-conditioning systems, and renewable energy sources; replacing all existing elevators and increasing their number; expanding our space by 105,000 square feet by filling in courtyard space; installing blast protection perimeter windows; and, providing perimeter security.
Since the renovation will be a phased construction project, employees will naturally be moving out in phases as work progresses. You’ll have lots of questions and issues will arise. That happens in big construction projects, but be assured that there will frequently communication.

1800 F Street has served as GSA’s headquarters since we were established in 1949. It will probably come as no surprise that the last major modernization was in 1935 – almost 75 years ago.
(my bolding)
During this renovation, we will work together and continue to provide outstanding service to our customers as we move toward a modern and energy efficient building. With the green transformation of our nearly 100-year-old home, we will not only be talking the (green) talk, but walking the (green) walk as well.

This is a great time to be at GSA.

Lame note: These postings are my own and do not necessarily represent GSA's positions, strategies or opinions.


Zeyev said...

It's a great time to be at GSA until they try to develop a schedule of who moves where when. Wait for the infighting to begin! [If it hasn't already.]

My question to you, Mr. Rubin, is whether I should retire before the renovation or wait until after it has all been completed. What do you counsel the old guy?

Jonathan Rubin said...

When to retire? NEVER! We must discuss further in person. Finding a replacement for you will be very difficult, myself and some other office mates have decided. Can I borrow a cup of stem cells?