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U.S. General Services Administration Awards Lease to Alaska Railroad Corporation for USDA Forest Service


Historic LEED-Certified Freight Shed to House Public Land Agency

Anchorage, Alaska - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that it awarded a 10-year lease to the Alaska Railroad Corporation to house the Anchorage offices of the USDA Forest Service. The Chugach National Forest Supervisor’s Office, the Alaska Region State & Private Forestry staff, and Pacific Northwest Research Station’s Anchorage Forestry Science Lab will occupy 25,000 square feet of the historic Alaska Railroad Freight Shed at 161 E. First Avenue in Anchorage.

"We are pleased that we will be able to house the Forest Service in a LEED-certified historic building," said GSA Regional Administrator George Northcroft.  "This will allow the federal government to move forward in meeting its sustainability goals."

The historic Freight Shed was built 70 years ago and is Alaska’s first reconstructed historic building to be certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

“The Forest Service has a strong tradition of working closely with communities and we’re excited to be part of the restoration of a historic district that keeps us in the heart of Anchorage near many of our stakeholders,” said Chugach Forest Supervisor Terri Marceron.

The design process for configuring the office space is ongoing. The Forest Service is expected to move into the new space by early 2012.

The Forest Service units moving into the Freight Shed serve many roles in Alaska. State & Private Forestry provides both funds and expertise to state and local governments, forest industries, and non-industrial private forest landowners for forest health protection and fire and fuels management.  The Pacific Northwest Research Station’s Anchorage Forestry Science Lab performs resource monitoring and assessment as well as threat characterization and management in Alaska.

The Chugach National Forest stretches across 5.4 million acres of Southcentral Alaska – from the Eastern Kenai Peninsula to Prince William Sound and the Copper River Delta.  It is the backyard for communities from Cordova to Anchorage.
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