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CHICAGO-Equis Corp., based here, has been awarded a $9.5 million contract from the U.S. General Services Administration. Equis will locate, manage and oversee the leasing of office space for the 2010 Census operation. Exact numbers were not disclosed, but the project entails hundreds of location across the country with a total of hundreds of thousands of sf, says John Kranz, Equis executive vice president.

The length of the project will be 2½ years, Kranz says. The project will have two tiers with work beginning now on the “priority tier” of locations that needs to be mobilized quicker for a variety of reasons, such as the density of the housing in the area to be surveyed, says Elliott Farber, Equis senior vice president.

The locations for the first phase will be leased by the middle or fall of next year, Kranz says. The second phase of leasing will be completed by early of 2009 to the middle of 2009, he says.

The lease terms will range from 18 months to three years. Half of the locations will be spaces of 10,000 sf or less, according to information from the General Services Administration. The locations will be used to train the census employees, a place where “they can assemble their work” and process the data, Farber says.

Equis had not previously provided leasing services for the Census Bureau but provided leasing services for the Transportation Security Administration after Sept. 11, 2001, Kranz says. Equis is also currently working with the states of California, Wisconsin, Georgia and Iowa, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Pinellas County in Florida, Farber says.

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