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André Mendes, Director of Global Operations, Broadcasting Board of Governors

When the General Services Administration wanted to move about 60 Broadcasting Board of Governors employees from a building close by to one several blocks away, the BBG seized the opportunity. The agency countered with a plan to renovate the offices on the fourth floor of the Wilbur J. Cohen Building. Phase one of the new open-office plan is almost complete and is changing the interior look of the 76-year-old building. André Mendes is director of Global Operations at BBG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how he settled into his new office.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , GSA , Public Buildings Service , Andre Mendez , Broadcasting Board of Governors ,

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:00pm EDT
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$158.4M facelift gives American History Museum new outlook

At age 50, the National Museum of American History is getting a $158.4 million facelift to its west wing, which will add new exhibit space and more interactive elements.

Tags: National Museum of American History , Smithsonian Institution , history , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 05:05pm EDT

Victoria Hartke, General Services Administration

The General Services Administration is undertaking renovations of federally-owned buildings across the country. The modernized structures will save money, in part by reducing energy and water consumption. Locally, the agency has completed a makeover of the Parklawn Building in Rockville, Maryland. The once homely behemoth has gotten more than a face-lift. Victoria Hartke, director of the Office of Leasing at the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service, spoke about the renovation with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Victoria Hartke , GSA , PBS , Parklawn Building , Federal Drive

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 01:09pm EDT
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State Department opens doors to historic treasure trove

Every summer, the State Department closes its Diplomatic Reception Rooms to allow conservators to clean and repair the pieces in its extensive collection of historic artifacts. The rooms will reopen to the public on Sept. 9.

Tags: State Department , Diplomatic Reception Rooms , Marcee Craighill , diplomacy , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 03:11pm EDT

Capitol's historic dome set for 2-year renovation

Tags: Capitol , Congress , House , Senate ,

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 07:10pm EST

Behind the Scenes: Diplomatic Reception Rooms

For several weeks each August, the State Department's Diplomatic Reception Rooms are closed to the public to allow conservators to repair and renovate the collection of historic objects. The rooms, which hosted more than 800 events last year, serve as a backdrop to State's diplomatic efforts. (Read related story.)

Tags: State , Marcee Craighill , Diplomatic Reception Rooms , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 05:25pm EDT

Commerce renovation project called 'precedent setting'

The Commerce Department has big plans for its headquarters in downtown Washington, and it could lead a revolution in public-building planning.

Tags: Commerce , Bill Dowd , National Capital Planning Commission , Federal Drive , workforce , Michael OConnell

Monday - 04/09/2012, 12:43pm EDT
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Agencies share strategies for upgrading facilities

Our Federal Drive Discussion this month looks at what goes into planning facility upgrades. Guests include George Jakabcin from TIGTA and Lou Williams from GSA.

Tags: best practices , BRAC , TIGTA , GSA , Federal Drive , Ruben Gomez , lou williams , George Jakabcin

Thursday - 06/30/2011, 11:51am EDT
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Prices decline on some home renovation items

Costs are down on granite sink-tops, porcelain sinks and custom cabinets.

Tags: remodeling , Michelle Basch

Thursday - 04/14/2011, 11:27am EDT