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Buildings Public Buildings

GSA is the landlord for the  federal government, with a total inventory of over 330 million square feet of workspace for a million federal employees in 2,000 American communities. This comprises over 1,600 government-owned buildings, or approximately 55 percent of the agency's total inventory. The remaining 45 percent is in privately-owned, leased facilities.

Through the internationally recognized Design and Construction Excellence programs, the best private sector architects, construction managers, and engineers are engaged to design and build award-winning courthouses, border stations, federal office buildings, laboratories, and data processing centers. GSA works to restore and maintain the vitality of communities where it has a presence.

Here are just some of the many functions GSA performs:

  • Lease space to federal customer agencies.
  • Repair, alter, and renovate existing facilities.
  • Operate over 100 child care centers.
  • Dispose of real property for GSA and other federal agencies.
  • Practice energy conservation, build green, and recycle.
  • Preserve and maintain more than 400 historic properties in the federal government's inventory.
  • Commission the country's most talented artists to create artwork for new federal buildings and conserve a substantial inventory of artwork from the past.
  • Deliver comprehensive real estate services via 11 regional GSA offices, located in major metropolitan centers across the country.
  • Collect rents from federal tenants, which are deposited into the Federal Buildings Fund, the principal funding mechanism for GSA.

Each GSA office building, laboratory, and courthouse is a symbol of American democracy, a significant public investment that must contribute to the vitality of its neighboring community. To achieve the agency's vision, accountability standards have been instilled to improve internal business practices, benchmarking internally and against commercial equivalents, and emphasizing financial and other performance measures. Improvements to how federal customers and private partners perceive the agency are constantly being made. The aim is clear—to be the provider of choice for federal agencies, to be easy to do business with, to help federal agencies use real estate more efficiently, and to provide lasting value in everything the agency does.

Last Modified 8/26/2004