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PRESS RELEASE: GSA to support $10 million for Bennett Federal Building upgrades funded by the Inflation Reduction Act

News Release
U.S. General Services Administration

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                    Contact: Richard Stebbins, 303-513-1166
November 6, 2023                                                                                                                                                

GSA to support $10 million for Bennett Federal Building upgrades funded by the Inflation Reduction Act
Project will use low-carbon materials

SALT LAKE CITY - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) plans to invest $10 million to replace aging curtain wall windows and repair plaza infrastructure for a project at the Wallace F. Bennett Building in Salt Lake City.

GSA is exploring a curtain wall window replacement that will increase the building’s energy efficiency, lower the cost of recurring utilities and improve tenant satisfaction. By utilizing low-embodied carbon materials such as asphalt, concrete, glass and steel, this project will increase the use of low-embodied carbon materials. This project will be funded through the Inflation Reduction Act and is one of more than 150 low-embodied carbon projects that GSA announced on November 6, 2023.

“GSA is committed to support the use of building materials that help reduce the effects of climate change with products made right here in America,” said Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator Denise Maes. “Upgrading this facility is also prudent to help reduce our energy costs and save taxpayer dollars.”

The project marks another step toward achieving President Biden’s federal sustainability goals, including a net zero emissions federal building portfolio by 2045, and net zero emissions procurement by 2050, while supporting good American manufacturing jobs.

The Inflation Reduction Act includes $3.4 billion for GSA to further market research and development of low-embodied carbon materials, and to build more sustainable and cost-efficient high-performance facilities. GSA’s Inflation Reduction Act projects will implement new technologies. Through these investments, GSA estimates that it could reduce carbon emissions by 2.3 million metric tons in operational greenhouse gas emissions. That is the equivalent of taking about 500,000 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

For more information, please visit GSA’s Inflation Reduction Act page.

About GSA: GSA provides centralized procurement and shared services for the federal government, managing a nationwide real estate portfolio of nearly 370 million rentable square feet, overseeing about $87 billion in products and services via federal contracts, and delivering technology services that serve millions of people across dozens of federal agencies. GSA’s mission is to deliver the best customer experience and value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to the government and the American people. The GSA’s Rocky Mountain Region provides products and services throughout Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information, visit GSA Region 8 and follow us at @US_GSAR8.