Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Constitution Center Under Consideration for Massive DHS Lease

In Monday's Capital Business section of The Washington Post, there's an article about the need for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to move into more than 1 million square feet of space, even though the agency is moving its headquarters to St. Elizabeths over in Congress Heights. This follows a story that DCMud did a couple months ago about the topic. From the WaPo article:

P. Brian Connolly, senior vice president at Akridge, said his firm had hoped to pitch a proposed 2.7 million-square-foot development it plans at 100 V St. SW, but the GSA ruled the property ineligible because it is slightly more than the required half-mile from a Metro entrance.

Connolly said that when he read the solicitation, he thought the specifications seemed to match those for Constitution Center, the renovated former headquarters for the Transportation Department in Southwest D.C.

"If it didn't say it, it hinted around all four corners of that," he said.

That building, owned by David Nassif Associates, has 1.4 million square feet to rent, is highly secure, energy efficient and only three Metro stops from the future DHS headquarters, at the site of the former St. Elizabeths Hospital.

Constitution Center, located at 400 7th Street and directly above the L'Enfant Plaza Metro, delivered in late 2009. There have been rumors that the owners of Constitution Center wanted the FBI to move their headquarters from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to the secure complex, but no tenants have been announced. In the past month or so, additional finishing touches have been done around the buildng, including several park benches. Here is a look at a hard hat tour I took of the building last summer.

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