Monday, March 19, 2007

Coast Guard Headquarters to Move

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I'd heard rumors for quite a while; I guess the news is public now. The Coast Guard, along with most of the Department of Homeland Security now housed in DC, will be moving to the St. Elizabeth's Hospital site in southeast Washington.

From Stephen Losey in the Federal Times:
The Homeland Security Department is moving to an abandoned insane asylum.

The department outlined its $4.1 billion plan to consolidate most of its more than 60 Washington-area offices into a massive headquarters complex to be built at St. Elizabeths Hospital compound in Southeast Washington.
This is one move that is not going to happen overnight.
The Coast Guard will be the first to move in 2010, Orluskie said. Homeland Security’s headquarters functions will follow in 2012, and all remaining components will move between 2012 and 2015.
I thought it was interesting that the new site provides 4.5 million square feet of office space, but the department and associated agencies currently has "22,000 Washington-area employees, who are now housed in 7.1 million square feet." That's about an average of 323 square feet per employee.

You'd think they'd hold out for a plan to get everyone in the same place...

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