Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Nebraska Avenue Complex Master Plan

Location: Washington, D.C.

Project type: 37-acre, level V, master plan

Client: General Services Administration and Department of Homeland Security


  • offices
  • child care
  • cafeteria
  • physical fitness facilities
  • conference areas
  • parking garage

This master plan provides guidance for the development of a secure campus for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It creates a framework for a total development of 1.22 million gross square feet to accommodate 4,200 seats.

The campus is a historic site with prior uses by the Mount Vernon Seminary School for Girls starting in 1916, the U.S. Navy starting in 1943 and by DHS starting in 2003. The master plan responds to unique site conditions such as Ward Circle by contributing a signature building on this important intersection.

The plan is intended to be flexible and envisions administrative office space with supporting shared uses such as physical fitness, cafeteria, child care, conference and training facilities. The development renovates existing buildings that contribute to the historic site. In an effort to make this a primarily pedestrian campus, limited parking will be provided within the level V security limits while a new parking garage will be built on the outskirts of the campus.