Wednesday, September 9, 2009

GSA Breaks ground on St. E's Campus!

This morning was the groundbreaking for the new consolidated headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard at the West Campus of St. Elizabeths in Ward 8. In attendance were Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Senator Liberman, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Councilman Barry, and GSA Administrator Paul F. Prouty.

It was raining, but the boarded-up campus was alive with U.S.-manufactured government vehicles and the excitement that this. is. finally. being. built!

local and federal leadership breaks ground on Homeland Security campus

Senator Joseph Lieberman, I - Connecticut

Napolitano and Norton talk with the news media

Overall it was a great event. All the public officials spoke at the podium, each highlighting different benefits and challenges associated with bringing the mega-project to Ward 8:

  • Lieberman connected DHS' history with that of the Roosevelt's Pentagon, and noted that this is the largest building project (aside from Eisenhower's highways, I assume) since the Pentagon.

  • Napolitano was excited to have a consolidated headquarters - and expressed gratitude for how much simpler holding meetings and bringing connectivity and community to the Department will be.

  • CM Barry highlighted the project's importance to Ward 8 and the neighborhoods immediately surrounding the new HQ. He called attention to the hardships associated with living and working in Ward 8, but, citing Psalm 30:5, said that "We could go on and on about the weeping. But this is the morning for Ward 8."

the first building - Coast Guard - viewed from the River

Exciting times. Ward 8 is on the rise.


Anonymous said...

I look fwd to whats to come

Dan said...

Is that a green roof? If it is, I have to say I'm impressed.

DC Debutante said...

I am sooooo excited to live only a stones throw away from this project. I love ward 8 and all that it has to offer. I need to apply for a job their so I can walk to work.

Anonymous said...

Wow,even a cleansing rain could dampen spirits this morning on the St. E's west campus.

I would imagine anyone who wants to work in this area for the next 5 years is going to have to work real hard to not find an opportunity.

I used to scoff at government spending on infrastructure and mixed use space, but I have become a believer that it does make a huge positive impact on communities in regards to jobs, increased tax revenues etc.


Dirk said...

Are they incorporating all DHS agencies into this building?

Anonymous said...

@ Dirk

If I remember right, there will be an entire complex of buildings across the campus that will house most (if not all) of DHS operations and agencies in the capital area. This first one is just for the Coast Guard.

DC Debutante said...

Does anyone know how long the project is expected to take?

RuninDC said...

This looks Great. I've been waiting for a long time