Master Plan

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On January 8, 2009, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) approved the Final Master Plan for the DHS Headquarters Consolidation. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) approved the Final Master Plan on November 20, 2008. The NCPC Executive Director's Recommendation (EDR), NCPC Commission Action, and the Final Master Plan can be downloaded from the Document Center. The Final Master Plan provides the development framework for accommodating 4.5 million gross square feet of office space for the DHS headquarters on both the St. Elizabeths West and East campuses. The Final Master Plan outlines 3.8 million gross square feet of office space on the West Campus and 750,000 gross square feet of office space on a portion of the East Campus (identified as East Campus, North Campus Parcel). The development will be consistent with a DHS Interagency Security Committee (ISC) Level V campus to house mission-critical Federal agencies. Part of the master planning process includes an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and compliance with the Section 106 regulations under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

The GSA is amending the DHS Consolidation Final Master Plan to include detailed planning, a Tier II EIS and an additional NHPA assessment for the East Campus, North Campus Parcel, including the widening of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE. to accommodate a left turn lane, a streetcar lane, and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks (collectively known as the Master Plan Amendment). Some of the improvements to Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE. meet the District's Department of Transportation Great Streets program. While GSA completed an EIS, a Programmatic Agreement (PA), and a detailed Final Master Plan for the DHS Headquarters Consolidation at the St. Elizabeths West Campus in 2008, it only conceptually studied the remainder of the consolidation located on a portion of the St. Elizabeths East Campus. Consistent with the Final Master Plan, the Master Plan Amendment will provide a framework for the future development considering historic and natural resources, site characteristics, circulation and access, and massing and density while meeting the programmatic needs of the DHS Consolidation.

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Planning and development objectives for the Final Master Plan and Master Plan Amendment include:

  • Achieve maximum build-out for Federal use, while maintaining the historic character of the West Campus
  • Provide facilities that meet the programmatic needs of the U.S. Coast Guard and DHS
  • Provide a Federal workplace of world-class design created by the nation's leading architects
  • Use the Federal development in ways that consider community development goals and objectives
  • Satisfy Federal security requirements in a manner that is sensitive to neighboring communities
  • Preserve the natural context of the site to the extent practicable
  • Promote sustainable development to achieve a "Silver" Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating
  • Unify the West and East campuses of DHS into "One Campus"
  • Provide multiple pedestrian gates and connections to access the future mixed-use development on the rest of the East Campus

Projected Master Plan Amendment Milestones (Updated 9/2010)

  • Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) Concept Master Plan Amendment Review: Winter 2010/2011
  • National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) Hearing: Spring 2011
  • Final Master Plan Amendment: Spring 2011
  • Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) Final Master Plan Amendment Review: Summer 2011
  • National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) Hearing: Summer 2011