An artist's design for the renovation of the General Services Administration headquarters. (Shalom Baranes Associates)
The General Services Administration is used to tackling major building renovation projects across government, but now the government's landlord is taking on a decidedly personal project: itself.
GSA's headquarters in northwest Washington is about to undergo a major facelift. GSA expects to spend between $200 million and $250 million in Recovery Act funds to renovate and expand the 1917 building, which was last updated in 1935.
The building will be outfitted with the latest electrical, plumbing, communication and other building systems; perhaps most noticeably, a new central air conditioning system will replace the hundreds of window units that now adorn the structure. Courtyard atriums will be enclosed, expanding the building by 20 percent to nearly 800,000 square feet. Inside, narrow hallways and enclosed offices will be replaced with a more modern, open layout.
Washington-based architectural firm Shalom Baranes Associates has completed the design work. Now GSA is searching for a construction firm to carry out the renovation, which is expected to last five years.