The U.S. Coast Guard, which can trace its lineage back to 1789, is about to finally get something it’s never, ever, had: a headquarters specifically designed just for them.
And this is not just any old HQ. It’s part of the most expensive, largest federal building project in Washington since the Pentagon was built in World War II. It’s a terraced, nuanced series of buildings that embody the latest in green, ecologically-friendly technology. And, located just across the Anacostia River from its former headquarters and Nationals Park, the new digs have one of the best — and hitherto rarely seen — views of the capital to be found anywhere around the region.
Ultimately, the entire complex, on land formerly occupied by the federally-owned Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, will house all 20 agencies of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and up to 14,000 employees. But the Coast Guard has first dibs and — four years after the start of construction — the buildings will welcome their first Coastie tenants starting in early August. The service expects to complete the transfer from the old Buzzards Point HQ by November.
We were lucky enough to fly, in a government aircraft, over the site on July 10, and got off a few snaps of the new complex.
The Coast Guard’s web pages about the new headquarters.
General Services Administration description of the building project.