MARRIOTT-SLATERVILLE — Most Americans take Internal Revenue Service deadlines very seriously. So, apparently, does the agency.
The IRS demonstrated that on Thursday when it dedicated its new building that's right across 12th Street from its Ogden campus. The building was finished ahead of schedule. And the ribbon-cutting ceremony started on time, too — kicked off by an apropos rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside," by the IRS Choir.
The choir's been a fixture at the Ogden IRS since 1967. And it sounded great.
The 62,000-square-foot "Dossier Building" will house about 175 workers who deal with the paper returns and other documents filed by businesses. "Dossier" means file in French and the name was selected in an internal "name the building" contest. The edifice was built by The Boyer Co. for owner General Services Administration and is leased by the IRS.
The employees of Document Retention Department 3 have been occupying two seismically challenged World War II-era warehouses in Clearfield, 15 miles away. For the move, they packed up more than 66,000 boxes of documents, piled them on 833 pallets and trucked them by 48-foot trailers to their new home. The move involved 43 employees in six teams who worked rotating day and night shifts, staging contests to keep it interesting over a 10-day period, said Linda Oram, operational manager for Input Correction at the IRS.
The building meets the requirements for silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. That means it's green, full of conservation features like xeriscaping out front, energy-efficient heating and cooling, tons of natural light from ample windows and low-water-use plumbing. There's a shower to encourage riding a bike to work and preferred parking for hybrids. And almost half of the 30,000 square feet of shelving was recycled from an IRS center in Philadelphia, saving $1.2 million.
A favorite feature for Paul Mamo, submission processing field director, and Elise Ipson, who was the IRS project manager for the move, is the lighting, which is activated by motion sensors. In the warehouse where the records are kept in long rows of shelves, it's lights-out after three minutes if nothing moves. In the office area, 15 minutes without activity will shut off most of the lights.
Taxpayers are expected to save a lot of money over the lifetime of the building, Mamo said, although exact numbers weren't available.
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