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AIA Meets with GSA Leadership on Federal Design Budgets
By Jessica Salmoiraghi, Director, Federal Relations
AIA First Vice President Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, met with top leaders of the U.S. General Services Administration last week as part of an industry roundtable to discuss the GSA’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget.
Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini and Public Buildings Service Commissioner Dorothy Robyn announced major investments in the construction and repair of public buildings in the 2014 budget proposal that President Obama submitted to Congress. This funding includes over $1.3 billion for much-needed repairs and $800 million in new construction. The proposal also requests $100 million for GSA to further consolidate space, reducing the total space that the federal government is using and reducing the amount of leased space required for those offices. The budget proposal also requests $226 million to work on federal border crossing and inspection stations.
At the meeting, Dreiling and Richard Bond, AIA, of HKS urged GSA to keep pushing forward on federal sustainable design. In particular, AIA leaders noted that the GSA plays a vital role as a test-bed for innovative energy reduction technologies.
The President's budget, including the request for the GSA, now goes before Congress, which will debate funding levels in advance of the start of the 2014 fiscal year on October 1.
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