Government Buildings Are Getting Nicer

Security, workforce, and sustainability concerns are causing federal, state and local governments to build and lease Class-A space.
May 28, 2006, 1pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Federal, state, and local government facilities have evolved under the demands for greater security and sustainable design. With government agencies becoming increasingly more complex and specialized, it’s only natural that the buildings that house them follow suit."

"...'There's been a general philosophy change. In the 1960s, the government built Class-B (or maybe even Class-C) buildings for government employees. The feeling now is that they ought to be in the same quality of buildings as the rest of the workforce,' says Tom Olmstead, vice president, government programs, at Minnetonka, MN-based Opus Group. With demands for hard-working, skilled, and experienced employees resulting in a tight labor market, the government examined how its real estate could increase worker productivity and improve employee recruitment."

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Published on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 in Buildings Magazine
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