New Salt Lake City FBI Building Going Green

By Allan Lengel

The Salt Lake City FBI is going green.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) broke ground on Thursday for a new green-certified, four-story FBI building at 5425 West Amelia Earhart Drive in Salt Lake City, the FBI said. The building will be made of at least 30 percent recycled content.

The office serves Utah, Montana and Idaho.

Authorities said materials for the 160,000 square-foot building will come from matter extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site. GSA said the building will also save or create 500 construction jobs, most of which will be filled by folks in the local community.

The building is expected to be completed by late summer of 2012. The current building is in downtown Salt Lake City.

“This is a significant occasion for the citizens of Utah, Montana, and Idaho, as well as the employees of the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office,” James McTighe, special agent in charge, said in a statement. “The completion of this state-of-the-art, stand-alone facility will enhance the FBI’s ability to protect Americans from national security and criminal threats by increasing our efficiency and capacity to collaborate with our federal, state, and local partners. ”

The new building is  part of the FBI- GSA 10-year acquisition program aimed at replacing or modernizing 39 FBI field offices and four major resident agency facilities across the country, the GSA said.

In recent years, new field offices have been built for the FBI’s Baltimore division and for the  suburban Washington agents.


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