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GSA AWARDS CONTRACT FOR BOSTON COURTHOUSE CONSTRUCTION

 NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that it has awarded the George Hyman Construction Company, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., a $153,883,000 contract for the construction of a new U.S. Courthouse in Boston. The company also has offices in Boston.
 "We are very pleased with this contract, its potential economic benefits for the New England area and its support of this administration's concerns for increased opportunities for small, minority, and women-owned businesses," stated Karen R. Adler, regional administrator of GSA's Northeast and Caribbean Region. "In addition, the project will be managed by GSA's newly designated New England Region 1, under the direction of Regional Administrator Bob Dunfey and Project Manager Paul Curley."
 GSA's proposal for the new federal courthouse reflects the concerns that minorities and women be amply reflected in both the labor force and in subcontracting with small, minority, and women-owned business enterprises. In support of this there has been an extraordinary collaborative effort between the community and GSA's representatives headed by Dunfey. The Massachusetts Alliance for Small Contractors has also expressed its pleasure to have been a part of this effort and has committed itself to work with community groups and the GSA to ensure that goals will be met.
 In support of GSA's expectations, Hyman's contract contains a subcontracting plan which demonstrates the firm's understanding of the small business subcontracting program objectives and reflects their committment to assuring that small, small disadvantaged, and women-owned business concerns are provided maximum practicable opportunity to participate as subcontractors in the construction of the new courthouse. In terms of subcontracting goals, the approved plan contemplates that 30% of the subcontracting dollars will be awarded to small business concerns, including 20% specifically to small disadvantaged business concerns and 5% to small women-owned business concerns.
 The contract also provides for significant opportunities for the employment of minorities and women in the construction of the courthouse, with goals of 23% for minority participation for each trade and 6.9% for female participation for each trade.
 Last September GSA Administrator Roger Johnson announced a Time Out and Review period on over 200 GSA projects, including the new Boston courthouse. This process identified over $1.2 billion in savings nationwide, with over $4 million on this project to be achieved through value engineering.
 Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Jung/Brannen Associates, the planned 10-story U.S. Courthouse on Boston's Fan Pier will be a crescent-shaped building with a facade composed of brick, granite accents, and a curved glass curtain wall. Although contemporary in style, the design also reflects traditional Boston architecture and demonstrates the concept that a courthouse is a meeting place for all, as evidenced by the ample consideration for public use space that the building will offer.
 When completed in 1998, the building will serve as headquarters for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The building will house two Appeals courtrooms, 19 District courtrooms, and six Magistrate courtrooms, in addition to 42 judge's chambers, a law library, offices for the U.S. Attorney, the U.S. Marshals, and other court-related activities. Approximately 1,000 federal employees will work at the new U.S. Courthouse.
 The General Services Administration has also committed itself to the development of a harbor walk and park on the waterfront site of the new courthouse. This walk and park have been designed with the City of Boston's Special Task Force and much public participation. GSA is pleased that the project will become the model for future waterfront development in the City of Boston.
 Construction of the new U.S. Courthouse is expected to begin on the Fan Pier site in October.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Curley, Boston Courthouse Project Manager, 617-223-8606/


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