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GSA announces shortlist of sites for the new Department of Labor (DOL) headquarters, continues to explore options for exchange

November 29, 2016

WASHINGTON –The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), today announced the conclusion of the site evaluations for the new DOL Headquarters. GSA has identified three sites as potential locations. The conclusion of the site evaluations is part of GSA’s continued effort to explore options for a new DOL headquarters that would help enable the Department’s mission to support a 21st century workforce.

The short listed sites for a new DOL headquarters are:

  • Site 1: referenced as "NOMA," located at the intersection of North Capitol Street and New York Avenue in the Northeast quadrant of Washington, DC
  • Site 2: referenced as "Capitol Riverfront," located at the intersection of M Street and South Capitol Street in the Southwest quadrant of Washington, DC.
  • Site 3: referenced as "Poplar Point," located in Anacostia and bordered by Interstate 295, Howard Road and Suitland Parkway in the Southeast quadrant of Washington, DC.

“The Department of Labor is in need of a new, up to date, workplace and GSA is enlisting the help of the market to determine the best option to finance this project,” said Norman Dong, Public Buildings Service Commissioner. “This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of a large site near the Mall and Capitol. We look forward to addressing the Department of Labor’s workplace modernization opportunities.”

“We appreciate the efforts being made by GSA to find a new headquarters for the Department of Labor that will allow our employees to work more effectively and efficiently,” Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher P. Lu said. “We need a modern building that is responsive to technological advances and workplace innovations.”

Next month, GSA plans to award a contract to evaluate these sites. This review and assessment will shape the Government's options in its search for a new headquarters location.

Last year, GSA issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) that the government is exploring options of the current headquarters and the underlying approximately 12-acre parcel, and a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) for a site that would accommodate approximately 850,000 rentable square feet to 1.4 million rentable square feet.

The current DOL headquarters is more than 40 years old and is in need of costly infrastructure upgrades, to include modern heating, electrical, plumbing and elevator systems. Through the exchange option, the Government envisions an opportunity to create an up-to-date, modern work environment, reduce taxpayer costs for building operations, and promote economic redevelopment at the current site, at 200 Constitution Avenue NW, and at any new location.

Next Steps:
GSA plans to award a contract to review each of the three sites in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The public will have the opportunity to comment during this phase of the project.

About GSA:
The mission of the U.S. General Services Administration is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition and technology services to the government and the American people.

About DOL:
The mission of the U.S. Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment, and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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