November - The U.S. Courthouse in Wichita, Kan., won the Department of Energy Building Award. The facility achieved a 20 percent energy intensity reduction from an August 2012 baseline, placing first among competing facilities. The building also realized more than $17,000 in raw utility savings in FY13 compared to the previous year, providing an eight percent reduction in cost per gross square foot.
July - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed recognized GSA’s Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center for reducing water and energy consumption by approximately 20 percent and becoming one of the first properties in the DOE-backed Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge to reach its sustainability goals within two years.
August - GSA's National Capital Region opened the first phase of the St. Elizabeths campus in Washington, D.C. Home to the U.S. Coast Guard, the new facility offers a number of environmental and architectural features that help to reduce the buildings operating costs as well as its impact on the environment while providing a flexible and effective work space.
July - GSA's Federal Center South 1202 Building in Seattle, the home of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District, earned 19 industry awards and recognition over the last two years, including an Honor Award-First Place for High-Performance Buildings from the Beyond Green National High-Performance Institute of Building Building Sciences. The project team was also awarded a National Design-Build Award by the Design-Build Institute of America.
December - GSA announced it would be one of the agencies to occupy space at 1 World Trade Center. Joining GSA at the iconic building will be the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
June - Following a recent modernization, the U.S. Custom House in Philadelphia received several major awards, including the Preservation Achievement Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, the Construction Management Association of America Award, and the Illuminating Engineering Society Illumination Award.
February - After 23 months of construction, GSA rededicated the 95-year old Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. One of Rocky Mountain Region's crown jewels, the building received LEED Platinum certification.for energy efficiency and sustainability while preserving its original character.
September - GSA's 911 Federal Building in Portland, Oregon, was recognized as the first GSA-owned property to earn the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings in GSA’s Volume Certification Program. The LEED Volume Program streamlines the certification process for multiple buildings of a similar type.
February - Following a major renovation/restoration project at the historic Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in New York City, the courtrooms were reopened in February. Built originally in 1939, the building sports a new green roof making this historic structure even more sustainable.
November - GSA reopened its Pacific Rim regional headquarters at 50 United Nations Plaza in San Francisco. The historic building is on track to achieve LEED Platinum certification. (L to R) Artist Cliff Garten, GSA Pacific Rim Regional Administrator Ruth Cox, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini, Michele MacCracken, HKS Architects. Photo credit: Blake Marvin/HKS, Inc.