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2016 GSA Design Awards Asserts Federal Government’s Creative Leadership

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. General Services Administration and its partners honored 18 federal projects that represent GSA’s best contributions to architecture and related fields, in a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The event culminates the 2016 GSA Design Awards, the hallmark initiative of the agency’s celebrated Design Excellence Program.

“Every aspect of federal building investment can catalyze a community’s economic development, from choosing sites that support neighborhood businesses to workforce training,” said GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth. “The GSA Design Awards winners show how high-quality planning and design not only transform public buildings into cultural assets, but also have a vital impact on local economies.”

The GSA Design Awards has taken place biennially since 1990. Its Honor Awards and Citations recognize the federal employees, as well as the private-sector architects, engineers, landscape architects, urban designers, interior designers, artists, conservationists, and preservationists whose exemplary work benefits the federal civilian workforce and American taxpayers.

“While GSA is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most rigorous and highly principled developers of buildings, the Design Awards sets our standards ever higher,” said David Insinga, Acting Chief Architect of GSA’s Public Buildings Service. “These top projects are exemplars for future project teams, and they guide agency-wide stewardship of the built environment.”

Today’s ceremony also formally launched a new category of the GSA Design Awards—the 10 Year Award. Projects substantially completed between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2005 were eligible for consideration in this category, and Insinga explained that the new award illuminates the correlation between creative achievement and long-term community gain. To mark the occasion, Insinga was joined on stage by Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, who delivered a keynote speech celebrating GSA’s commitment to quality in public building.

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