- The Washington Times - Monday, December 17, 2001

Donald Williams took office this month as the federal government's local real estate chief.
The General Services Administration named Mr. Williams its regional administrator for the national capital region. The administration handles real estate for the federal government, as well as procurement for office equipment, supplies and information technology and telecommunications services.
Mr. Williams will manage the agency's Washington-area portfolio, which includes 171 government-owned buildings and leased space in 430 commercial buildings.
It's a high-profile job. The administration is juggling several big projects, including the relocation of the federal Transportation Department from L'Enfant Plaza to the vacant Southeast Federal Center, and the ongoing construction of a new Food and Drug Administration headquarters in Silver Spring.
In addition, the administration is planning to dole out more of its work to private real estate brokerages.
Mr. Williams says he will focus on serving the administration's "customers," a broad group that includes federal agencies, private landlords and brokers.
"It is my goal that we will be known as the organization that enables [its] customers to succeed," he says.
Mr. Williams previously served as director of the Virginia Department of General Services, a state agency similar to the federal General Services Administration. He also worked for Ford Motor Co. for 10 years, including stints in its distribution and accounting departments.
"His experience in the private and public sectors will be a tremendous asset for GSA as he steps forward in his role," says Stephen Perry, the administration's chief.
The administration's national capital region group has 1,867 employees and contractors and an annual budget of $1.9 billion. Overall, the administration has 14,000 associates and oversees 8,300 government-owned and leased buildings in 1,600 communities.


In other news

Marcap Corp. of Chicago has sold two 15,000-square-foot office buildings in Lanham to the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers for $1.875 million. The association will use the buildings at 9600 and 9602 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway as its Washington headquarters. Regional brokerage Manekin arranged the sale.
Pepco Energy Services has leased 40,252 square feet at 1300 N. 17th St. in Arlington. The Potomac Electric Power Co. division will move from 2000 and 1825 K St. NW in the District to the new building, where it will occupy the 15th and 16th floors. Brokerage Trammell Crow arranged the deal.
Chris Baker can be reached at 202/636-3139 or [email protected]

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