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GSA Seeks Developers for FBI Headquarters Project
December 19, 2014
Agency Seeks New Headquarters in Exchange for J. Edgar Hoover Building
Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), Phase I seeking developers who can develop a new headquarters facility of up to 2.1 million square feet for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in exchange for the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue.
GSA and FBI identified a short list of sites earlier this year (Springfield, Greenbelt and Landover*) and began a review under the National Environmental Policy Act of all three potential locations. This included well-attended public scoping meetings held earlier this fall. This process continues to move forward and we plan to issue the draft Environmental Impact Statement in the Spring of 2015.
Bill Dowd, Project Executive for GSA’s Public Building Service said:
“The J. Edgar Hoover building does not meet the FBI’s needs in the 21st century. GSA is planning to exchange this building for the construction of a new headquarters that would give the FBI a facility worthy of its mission; allow for valuable redevelopment in the Penn Quarter community of downtown Washington; drive cost savings; and deliver on GSA’s mission to shrink the Federal footprint.”
*The potential sites for a new consolidated headquarters for the FBI are:
- Greenbelt - A portion of the site known as the Greenbelt Metro Station located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and Exit 24 (Greenbelt Station) in Prince George's County, Maryland.
- Landover - The site known as the former Landover Mall located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and MD 202 in Prince George's County, Maryland.
- Springfield - The site known as the GSA Franconia Warehouse Complex located near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Franconia Road in Fairfax County, Virginia.
About the J. Edgar Hoover Building
Originally occupied in 1974, the J. Edgar Hoover building is positioned in a prime location on Pennsylvania Avenue, one block east of the historic Old Post Office, which GSA has successfully negotiated to redevelop as a luxury hotel.
The 2.4 million square foot Hoover building sits on 6.7 acres of land and is prime location for office, retail, and residential uses.
The deadline for responding to the RFP, Phase I, is February 10, 2015.
Reducing the Federal Footprint & Increasing Efficiency
The Obama Administration has set aggressive goals for using Federal real estate assets more efficiently, and GSA has increased its efforts to help Federal agencies identify underutilized properties and move them into the disposal process.
The FBI Headquarters RFP is part of GSA’s ongoing effort to get underperforming federal facilities off of the government's books, while creating the greatest possible value for taxpayers. It would also allow the FBI to consolidate its employees into one location from the current 20. This would not only cut costs and reduce energy consumption, but also maximize workplace efficiencies.