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GSA and DOT Release Request for Proposals for the Volpe Center Exchange

Next phase in transforming federal land into state-of-the-art facility

BOSTON — Today the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an exchange transaction impacting the real property located at 55 Broadway in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Property) that is occupied by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center).

The RFP is the second phase of a two-part solicitation process for prequalified respondents interested in entering into an exchange agreement with GSA that will require the selected respondent to design and construct a state-of-the-art facility for the Volpe Center (New Facility) on a portion of the property to be retained by the federal government. In exchange, the portion of the Property no longer needed by the federal government will be conveyed to the selected respondent after construction of the New Facility.

“GSA is the innovation leader in federal government real estate strategy”, said Denise Turner Roth, Administrator. “Our approach optimizes our agency’s ability to meet our federal partners’ requirements, while saving taxpayer dollars and creating economic development opportunities. The RFP is the next important step in providing a state-of-the-art facility for DOT while continuing to establish GSA’s important role as a catalyst for economic development in communities across the country.”

“The U.S. DOT has been on the forefront of some of the most exciting and innovative breakthroughs in transportation, making our system more safe, efficient, and effective for the American people,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The Volpe Center plays an important role in this effort, and we look forward to the next stage in its development, as we work to create the best transportation network in the world.”

“This RFP is the next step in providing a state-of-the-art DOT facility for the Volpe Center’s innovative transportation research,” said Victor Mendez,

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