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A Salute to the U.S. General Services Administration

Annual Gala

June 3, 2004  


2016 CoStar Group, DAVIS Construction, and Casey Trees
2015 The Rockefeller Foundation, STUDIOS Architecture, and
Capital Bikeshare
2014 Mrs. Laura Bush and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
2013 Turner Construction Company
2012 Urban Land Institute
2011 Celebrating our Past, Building our Future

A Salute to Civic Innovators:
Perkins + Will
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
New Orleans Habitat Musicians Village
Majora Carter

2009 A Salute to Visionaries in Sustainability:
U.S. Green Building Council
City of Chicago
United Technologies Corporation
2008 The Associated General Contractors of America
2007 Related
2006 Clark Construction Group, LLC
2005 Forest City Enterprises
2004 General Services Administration
2003 Major League Baseball and The National Football League
2002 DuPont
2001 Michael D. Eisner and The Walt Disney Company
2000 Gerald D. Hines
1999 Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Harold McGraw III and The McGraw-Hill Companies
1998 Stephen and Riley Bechtel and The Bechtel Group
1997 Community Builders of Washington, D.C.:
Morris Cafritz, Charles E. Smith, Charles A. Horsky, and Oliver T. Carr, Jr.
1996 Cindy and Jay Pritzker
1995 Lady Bird Johnson
1994 James A. Johnson and Fannie Mae
1993 J. Carter Brown
1992 The Civic Leadership of Greater Pittsburgh
1991 The Rockefeller Family
1990 IBM Corporation
1989 Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
1988 James W. Rouse
1986 J. Irwin Miller

The National Building Museum presented its prestigious annual Honor Award for 2004 to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The Honor Award recognized GSA’s success in creating and maintaining innovative environments for the federal community as well as providing a positive federal presence for the public. GSA was created by Congress as a centralized federal procurement, property management and policy agency. It acquires, on behalf of federal agencies, office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies, and services for over one million workers located in 8,000 owned and leased buildings in 2000 communities.

Through its "Design and Construction Excellence" programs, GSA engages outstanding private-sector architects, engineers and contractors to design and build award-winning courthouses, laboratories, border stations, and federal office buildings. These programs have resulted in extraordinary examples of public architecture, many of which have been recognized with prestigious awards from private organizations such as The American Institute of Architects. New courthouses have been lauded as technologically sophisticated while also powerfully expressing the dignity of the nation’s judicial system. Similarly, innovative border stations offer citizens and visitors welcoming environments while responding to ever-growing security concerns.

Complementing GSA’s leading edge procurement strategies are many other initiatives, including a concerted emphasis on sustainable design and construction, a coordinated preservation program for existing federal structures, and a comprehensive building documentation effort. Initiatives such as these have restored many Americans’ faith in the ability of their government to create buildings that are beautiful without being extravagant—a legacy that may be as important as the structures themselves.

GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry, along with GSA Commissioners F. Joseph Moravec, Donna Bennett, and Sandra Bates, accepted the award before an audience of more than 1,000 cultural, corporate, political, and building industry leaders. The festive black-tie gala was held on Thursday, June 3rd in the Museum's historic Great Hall, the site of numerous Presidential inaugural balls since 1885.