Plans to build the $3.4-billion headquarters campus for the Dept. of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., got a jump start thanks to ARRA funding. The U.S. General Services Administration implemented the plan in August when it awarded a $435-million design-build contract to provide a new headquarters building for the U.S. Coast Guard on the site of the former St. Elizabeths Hospital. In additional to federal appropriations, the project secured $162 million of combined ARRA funds from GSA and DHS, which GSA spokesman Michael McGill says accelerated portions of phase one.
The project will include a new 1.18-million-sq-ft office building as well as renovation and modernization of nine historic structures comprising 180,000 sq ft of space. The scope also includes a 1,000-car garage, central utility plant, road system and perimeter security.