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Is your federal office joining the upcoming consolidation wave?


The General Services Administration this week identified 19 federal buildings across the nation that will absorb outside offices as part of a nearly $70 million plan to consolidate agency work sites.

The project will cost about $67 million up front for renovations, but it will save the government an estimated $17 million annually in rent payments, while eliminating leases and reducing square footage requirements, according to a GSA announcement.

Many agencies operate out of multiple offices in a single region, but GSA plans to move some of those work sites into existing federal properties.

An IT contractor for the GSA works at the agency’s newly refurbished headquarters in Northwest Washington. (Katherine Frey/Washington Post).

As part of its plan, the agency has tapped four offices in the Washington region for renovation, including the Hubert H. Humphrey and Mary E Switzer buildins in D.C., the George H. Fallon Federal Building in Baltimore, the Science Applications Court in Vienna, Va., and the Norfolk Federal Building in Norfolk, Va.

The revamped facilities will feature “open work spaces,” much like the recently updated GSA headquarters in the nation’s capital. The layouts emphasize large, open and flexible spaces rather than the traditional setups with cubicles and offices.

MORE: The federal office space of the future? GSA’s new floor plan eschews desk-jockey culture

“By consolidating these locations, we are not just eliminating redundant rents and space, but also encouraging collaboration among government workers by creating open workspace,” GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said in the announcement.

Congress and President Obama this year approved a 2014 appropriations bill that provides $70 million for the 19 consolidation projects. The GSA’s 2015 budget request asks for another $100 million for similar plans.

Here’s a list of the other federal offices the agency has slated for renovation as part of its office-merging plans:

* The Jacob K. Javits Federal Building and 201 Varick Street in New York City.

* The Austin Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas.

* The Wallace F. Bennett Federal Office Building in Salt Lake City.

* 300 North Los Angeles in Los Angeles.

* The Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building & Courthouse in San Diego. (Two projects)

* 911 Federal Building in Portland, Ore.

* The Bank of America Fifth Ave & Jackson Federal Building in Seattle.

* The Peachtree Summit in Atlanta.

* Schiller Park in Vernon Hills, Ill.

* The Evo A. DeConcini Courthouse in Tucson, Ariz.

* The Guarantee Savings Building in Fresno, Calif.

* The Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

* The Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland, Calif.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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