GSA Contract Award Leads DHS Headquarters Consolidation Toward Future
GSA, DHS collaborate to accommodate future IT infrastructure needs at the St. Elizabeth's campus.
September 23, 2010
Contact: Greg Romano, (202) 219-1084
WASHINGTON -- Today, GSA awarded a 10-year task order for $2.63 billion to Northrop Grumman Technology, Inc. to develop an integrated information technology infrastructure for the consolidated Department of Homeland Security headquarters at the St. Elizabeth's campus in Southeast Washington. The contract award helps ensure that the IT infrastructure needs of the campus will be developed in parallel with the massive construction project, the most complex in GSA’s history and the largest federal construction project in the Washington metropolitan area since the building of the Pentagon. GSA is assisting DHS with consolidating 22 DHS agencies on the St. Elizabeth's campus over the next 10 years.
“This contract award reflects the close collaboration between DHS and the extensive scope of GSA’s Public Buildings and Federal Acquisition Services to develop a single, integrated IT infrastructure approach that will grow with, and in parallel to, current and future construction projects at St. Elizabeth's,” said Julia Hudson, GSA National Capital Region Administrator.
“The IT, telecommunications, physical security, and building management systems requirements of the consolidated DHS campus are unique and complex, especially given DHS’ critical mission to protect our nation’s security,” Hudson added. “The team approached this assignment by using its expertise to develop a task order that not only takes into account the very real changes that could occur in the future, but also the unique challenges posed by a phased construction schedule that includes the transition of approximately 14,000 DHS employees to the campus over a decade-long period.”
The order calls for the design, configuration, installation, testing, and maintenance of a seamless, integrated transport infrastructure. The infrastructure will incorporate passive optical network technology that offers significant savings in power consumption – as much as 80 percent – in keeping with the sustainability goals of the campus. Just as importantly, the integrated infrastructure will allow all components of DHS to share information immediately in order to respond even more efficiently to possible threats to the nation’s security.
A key requirement requested by DHS was that the provided solution clearly show the ability to use proven, leading-edge technologies that allows for future adaption of new technologies, the ability to support all security levels and technologies, and be flexible enough to adapt to each phase of the construction process.
The contract award also offers tremendous opportunities for small businesses as it requires 40 percent of the subcontract dollars go to small business, and that 20 percent goes to subcontractors meeting to HUBzone Small Business; Small Disadvantaged Business; Women-Owned Small Business; Veteran-Owned Small Business and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business definitions.