Three Sites Shortlisted for New DOL Headquarters

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By Patricio Chile

Nov. 30 — Three potential sites for the new Labor Department headquarters in Washington have been identified, as the federal government looks to move the agency to an “up-to-date, modern work environment,” the DOL and General Services Administration announced.

The shortlist includes a location in Northeast Washington and two locations in the Southeast quadrant of the city, the agencies said in a joint statement Nov. 30. The Northeast location, known as Site 1, is in a growing neighborhood just north of Union Station. Site 2 is located in the Capitol Riverfront district, also a developing area, near Nationals Park. Site 3 is located in the Southeast neighborhood of Anacostia, close to Interstate 295, the statement said.

It is too early to “speculate on what a new location might mean for DOL’s modernization effort,” Stephen Barr, a spokesman for the Labor Department, told Bloomberg BNA in an e-mail Nov. 30. A National Environmental Policy Act and Development Planning contract will be awarded in December 2018 that will reflect the agency’s needs for the new site, he said.

“This contract will include environmental, transportation, master planning and historic preservation studies and related technical services to support an exchange of DOL’s current Headquarters site for a new site that more appropriately meets the needs of the Department and its mission,” Barr said. “We are too early in the process to discuss the construction timeline and delivery of a new facility.”

The current DOL headquarters at the Frances Perkins Building, located just north of the National Mall, is more than 40 years old. It is in need of costly infrastructure upgrades, including modern heating, electrical, plumbing and elevator systems, the agencies’ statement said. The exchange option would modernize work space, reduce taxpayer costs for operations and promote economic redevelopment at both the current site and the new location, according to the announcement.

The government won’t retain an interest in or have oversight over the development of the current property if an exchange agreement is reached, Barr said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Patricio Chile in Washington at pchile@bna.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Peggy Aulino at maulino@bna.com; Terence Hyland at thyland@bna.com

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