U.S. Coast Guard Opens Its Headquarters At St. Elizabeths
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Dan Tangherlini officially opened the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Consolidated Headquarters campus with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters building.
“Today, we take a major step forward in making our ‘One DHS’ vision a reality,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Consolidating our facilities will increase efficiency and communication, while enhancing the Department’s prevention, response and recovery capabilities.”
The ceremony marked the completion of the first phase of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) consolidation project located on St. Elizabeths west campus. Noted as the largest construction project in the Metropolitan area since the Pentagon was built during World War II, the LEED-certified building consists of several sustainable features intended to maximize energy efficiency.
Administrator Tangherlini and NCR Regional Administrator Julia E. Hudson were joined by U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chairman Public Buildings and Emergency Management Ranking Member Congresswoman, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Marion Barry DC Councilmember, and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp, Jr.
“We are proud to provide the U.S. Coast Guard with a facility that will support the important work they do for the American people,” said Tangherlini. “We are now one step closer to achieving a central campus for the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters at St. Elizabeths.”
The first phase consisted of a 1.2 million square foot Coast Guard headquarters which will house approximately 3,700 military personnel and civilian employees, a 2,000 car parking garage, perimeter security, the renovation of several historic buildings, and infrastructure improvements throughout the campus.
“This project has truly been the work of the village: a smart, dedicated and committed team made up of countless organizations and individuals that made this project possible,” said Hudson.
Director of the Office of Infrastructure and Campus Development Shapour Ebadi, managed the planning, design and execution of the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters building in conjunction with the St. Elizabeths’ team. Ebadi is the project manager for the St. Elizabeths campus development.
The FY2014 budget request includes $92.7 million in the DHS request and $261.5 million in the GSA request to continue the St. Elizabeths development. In subsequent phases the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is slated to move on the campus.