UTAH – USDA and the General Services Administration cut the ribbon on new office space for the USDA Forest Service’s Geospatial Technology and Applications Center and the Farm Production and Conservation Service’s Aerial Photography Field Office on April 24.
Roughly 220 employees were relocated from leased space in suburban Salt Lake City into the GSA-managed Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building downtown. The two organizations occupy approximately 50,000 square feet over two floors in the building, occupied by multiple government agencies, including the Department of Interior, National Weather Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Social Security and the offices of Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney.
Speakers included USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey and GSA Administrator Emily Murphy. Staff held an open house for several hundred attendees and gave tours to staff from the Utah Congressional Delegation, USDA OCIO leadership and others.
Tim Horne, acting regional administrator for GSA Rocky Mountain Region, said this will result in significant savings for the American people. The move is projected to save USDA more than $1.4 million in rent annually and avoid $2.6 million in private market lease cost.
In addition to the cost savings, the new space was designed to encourage collaboration and engagement between programs and organizations and improve employee work–life balance and wellness. The location also promotes green-based commuting options, such as taking public transit, walking or biking.
Photos from inside the new Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building in Salt Lake City, Utah: