Federal building retrofits among proposed cuts to stimulus package

February 08, 2009 |

Federal building retrofits are among the proposed cuts to stimulus package, according to the American Institute of Architects.

 "We are deeply troubled by reports that the Senate may consider cutting funds from the stimulus package for making federal buildings energy efficient,” said Marvin Malecha, president of the American Institute of Architects.

“Retrofitting federal buildings not only will save energy and lower costs to taxpayers,” added Maleca, “it will immediately create tens of thousands of private sector jobs. The General Services Administration has identified more than 500 shovel-ready federal building projects that, if funded, could begin within 90 to 180 days. Cutting this funding will deprive thousands of hard working Americans in the design and construction trades the chance to get back to work at a time when these industries have all but collapsed. We call on Congress to reject this short-sighted and recovery-killing idea.”

For more information on the AIA economic stimulus plan Rebuild and Renew America, or to download the full report, please visit http://www.aia.org/rebuildandrenew.

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