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GSA Preservation Month Post Highlights 106 Success Story in San Francisco

General Services Administration Center for Historic Buildings Director Beth L. Savage commemorates May as Preservation Month in a new blog post on the agency’s web site.

In the post, Savage highlights 50 United Nations Plaza, a property in San Francisco that is also the subject of a new Section 106 Success Story. The story outlines how, after determining in 2008 the earthquake-damaged structure could be converted into the headquarters of GSA’s Pacific Rim Regional Office, the agency helped formulate an agreement that brought the building into compliance with seismic codes and made it more energy efficient, while at the same time preserving its historic features, materials and finishes.

The Memorandum of Agreement signed in 2009 between GSA, the ACHP, and the California State Historic Preservation Officer called for the restoration of 50 UN Plaza’s original wood window frames and sashes, and reuse of the historic central courtyard. In addition, more than 600 original oak doors were restored, historic hanging corridor lamps were rewired, and the original tile floors were refreshed.

At the same time, rehabilitation of the structure allowed GSA to consolidate employees that had previously been housed in privately leased space into a vacant property within the federal real estate inventory. This in turn allowed GSA to lead by example in overseeing implementation of the Office of Management and Budget’s “Freeze the Footprint” memoranda, which requires federal agencies to work with GSA to consolidate or colocate their space so as to result in no net growth in the federal portfolio. GSA demonstrated, in its rehabilitation of 50 UN Plaza, that policies designed to save taxypayer money are compatible with historic preservation.


Updated May 9, 12017