Washington Headquarters Services
Alexandria, Virginia
Washington Headquarters Services
Alexandria, Virginia

Security. With the elite national defense teams all located in one area, theirs is an unprecedented facility that can house them all. Help them work together. And promote security for us all. It is more than a place. It is a living, breathing and lasting symbol.

Housing 6,400 people, 26 agencies and 170 sub-agencies is the 1.8-million-square-foot, $953 million office complex for the Department of Defense. Located at Mark Center, the complex is part of a 350-acre mixed-use campus in Alexandria, Va., just four miles from the Pentagon. Using a unique, developer-led, design-build process, the 30-month construction schedule was completed five weeks early and more than $50 million under budget.


The Vision

The project team was faced with a steep challenge: design, construct and deliver nearly 2 million square feet of secure office space for Department of Defense agencies in 33 months. The project was given the same fixed completion date of September 15, 2011, although it was the last of the mega Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) projects to be awarded. It was awarded more than one year after other BRAC projects.

 

The Approach

The BRAC 133 Project achieved substantial completion 47 days ahead of schedule, on August 9, 2011. The contract was signed the day before Thanksgiving, on November 25, 2008, and 48 months of construction was compressed into just 33 months. Costs were managed carefully; the team saved $50 million in construction costs. In addition, with the use of the federal government’s GSA schedule to purchase furniture, fixtures and equipment, the team saved an additional $39 million. Logging over 4 million man‐hours, the project’s safety record was less than half the national average. The team honored a best-in-class obligation that every worker should go home safely every day. This was due to a total commitment to safety by USACE, Clark Construction, the subcontractors and WHS.