Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

New Coast Guard headquarters ready for August move-in

Jun. 8, 2013 - 10:44AM   |  
The new Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C., includes 11 levels, green rooftops and a nearby gym. At right is a view of one of the building's entrances.
The new Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C., includes 11 levels, green rooftops and a nearby gym. At right is a view of one of the building's entrances. (Coast Guard)
  • Filed Under
The new Coast Guard headquarters as seen from the south. (Thomas Brown / Staff)

The Coast Guard will begin moving 3,700 personnel into its new Washington, D.C., headquarters Aug. 1.

The new digs include vegetation-laden “green” rooftops, six landscaped courtyards and “open office” designed cubicle space with a lot of windows, said Jeffery Orner, chief readiness support officer with the Department of Homeland Security.

DHS staff provided Navy Times a guided tour of the facility May 15.

“It is a building designed for the Coast Guard, so it’s ideally suited for the functions of the Coast Guard,” Orner said.

This will mark the first time the Coast Guard has owned its headquarters. It currently is leasing space in southwest Washington.

The service’s new facility survived cutbacks that have stalled the consolidation of other DHS facilities at the same location, the St. Elizabeths west campus. The site has a long history of government use. In 1855, it was the home of the Government Hospital for the Insane, later renamed St. Elizabeths Hospital.

While there are plans to renovate existing buildings for DHS, the Coast Guard is in a new building.

It is about 1.2 million square feet and has 11 levels, including a mechanical level, that cascade down a hillside in view of the Potomac River.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for July, Orner said.

Additional features:

■ A “green” roof parking garage next door with about half of the 2,000 parking spaces designated for Coast Guard employees. Shuttles from the building to the Metro subway system will run continuously during rush hour and at regular intervals throughout the workday, Orner said.

■ An on-site child development center with a 120-child capacity. The CDC opens into a playground. Also, the building has designated rooms for breast-feeding moms, Orner said.

■ A gym across from the headquarters with a weight room, cardio room and basketball courts. A Coast Guard Exchange should also be open by move-in time.

■ A renovated, on-campus dining hall that seats 275. The headquarters will have several snack bars run by a vendor.

■ A 400-person capacity multipurpose room.

■ Elevators named after lighthouses in the Coast Guard districts.

■ A muster of turkeys and a herd of deer also make their home at the St. Elizabeths campus, and an eagle has a nest in a wooded area of the grounds. The animals will be allowed to roam the campus, Orner said.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan
Rates

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.


This Week's Army Times

This Week's Army Times

The Army at 420K
One retired colonel is campaigning for more cuts -- and Congress is listening

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Classifieds
MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.
Woman who cried rape
(3 replies)
   Last Post: TJMAC77SP
        May 3, 2014 1:32 PM
   Last Post: garhkal
        May 1, 2014 5:03 PM
Cliven Bundy
(45 replies)
   Last Post: Chief_KO
        Apr 26, 2014 9:49 AM
Handbooks

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook