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Aspinall Federal Building Turns 100 years Old

Before the General Services Administration existed as an organization, the facility now known as the Wayne Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse started operations serving the community of Mesa County as a post office and district court.

Few milestones are more important or significant as 100 years which is why tenants and the community of Grand Junction, Colorado gathered on Oct 4 for a special celebration to recognize a regional landmark honoring a century of service.

“We are proud of this building’s rich history and recognize that it is an integral part of this community,” said Tim Horne, acting regional administrator.

The ceremony included remarks by Horne and Magistrate Judge Gordon Gallagher, exhibiting artifacts found in the original time capsule from 1918, the assembly of items for a new time capsule and unveiling a plaque for that will be posted to the building as part of Grand Junction’s Historic Downtown Walking Tour.

Tenants and civic leaders introduced their representative contributions to the new time capsule in front of a 50-person audience as well provided information about their respective organizations. 

The building’s name change was officially changed to the WAFB&USCH in October 1972 and was later listed in the National Registry of Historic Places in 1980.

A modernization project in 2013 with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money transformed the facility into the first building on the National Register of Historic Places to achieve net-zero status.  Net-zero means that the building will produce as much energy on-site as it consumes over the course of one year.

“The modernization of the Wayne Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse makes this facility one of the crown jewels within GSA,” said Horne. “This building has not only provided essential services to this great community for more than 100 years but it is also now a model of energy efficiency and sustainability.”

The artifacts from the original time capsule will be on display in the lobby of the building for the public to view in the coming weeks.