GSA Seeks Developers for New FBI HQ

The U.S. General Services Administration is looking for a developer to erect a new headquarters facility for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The U.S. General Services Administration is looking for a developer to build a new headquarters facility for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The agency issued a request for proposals on Dec. 19 and is now waiting to hear back from interested companies. It will pay for the new facility with the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The GSA has been looking for a new location for the FBI for some time now. Earlier this year, it named three potential sites in different towns:

  • Greenbelt – A portion of the site known as the Greenbelt Metro Station, located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and Exit 24;
  • Landover – The site of the former Landover Mall, located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and MD 202;
  • Springfield – The site known as the GSA Franconia Warehouse Complex, located near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Franconia Road.

According to the GSA, the new headquarters facility will comprise as much as 2.1 million square feet of space and will consolidate all of the FBI’s 11,000 employees into one location, helping to cut costs and reduce energy consumption.

Interested developers have until Feb. 10 to submit their proposals. According to the RFP, they must also meet certain requirements, such as having completed a minimum of three office projects of 500,000 square feet each in the past five years or having access to at least $1 billion in funding (read the full RFP).

The GSA will announce its shortlist in May, when it will also issue a second RFP. The winning developer will be announced in May 2016. It will receive the J. Edgar Hoover Building and the parcel bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue and Ninth, 10th and E streets, N.W., upon the project’s completion. The exchange is scheduled to occur no later than Dec. 31, 2022.

The J. Edgar Hoover building has been the home of the FBI since 1974. The 2.4 million-square-foot facility sits on 6.7 acres of land and is a prime location for office, retail and residential uses. According to Bill Dowd, project executive for the GSA’s Public Building Service, it “does not meet the FBI’s needs in the 21st century.” The new building aims to “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.”

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