Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office Renovations

Location: Washington, D.C.

Project type: office and infrastructure

Client: General Services Administration and Department of Homeland Security


  • offices
  • HVAC systems
  • electrical systems
  • space planning
  • signage
  • mechanical plant

Renovations of office buildings and supporting infrastructure have met today's government office needs on the historic Nebraska Avenue Complex for the Department of Homeland Security. Projects include office renovation and restoration, new buildings, generators to serve the campus, campus signage and way finding and a new mechanical plant.

The 37-acre campus is located off of Ward Circle at the prominent intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Nebraska Avenue. The campus has two periods of historic significance, one as the Mount Vernon Seminary for Girls and the second as the U.S. Navy's cryptanalysis operations in World War II.

Some of the projects completed on the site include offices, conference rooms and related support spaces for executive level employees, a new 36,000-square-foot Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) office space within a historic structure, a new state-of-the-art underground mechanical plant and a site generator project that involved standby electrical generation. The campus signage and way finding project encompassed new exterior and interior signage on campus and became the standard for all signage at DHS. All projects were successfully reviewed and approved by the Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission and the D.C. Historic Preservation Office.