On Thursday, June 7, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) unanimously approved the WRT-led master plan amendment for the consolidation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) / Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Headquarters at St. Elizabeths in Southeast, Washington, DC., by the General Services Administration. “The watershed event follows a similar unanimous and appreciative approval by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) the week before last,” said Antonio Fiol-Silva, Principal-In-Charge of the project.
The purpose of the consolidation is to create a singular setting for the agency, whose 14,000 employees now operate among forty eight different locations throughout the District of Columbia. The overall project consists of redeveloping nearly four-million square feet on the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital site, comprised of West and East campuses, to create a secure, operationally efficient, and cohesive campus for the employees of and visitors to the DHS.
WRT’s FEMA master plan meets the consolidation needs of DHS / FEMA while maintaining the historic character of the St. Elizabeths historic campus and preserving the natural context of the site. The master plan also addresses transportation access and connectivity between the West and East Campuses while providing a development framework for the FEMA Headquarters to create a workplace of world-class design.
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