Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building

Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building is the headquarters of the United States Coast Guard and is located in Washington, D. C.

Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building
Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building.jpg
Building in 2014
Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building is located in Washington, D.C.
Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building
Location within Washington, D.C.
Alternative namesUnited States Coast Guard Headquarters Building
General information
TypeGovernment office building
Address2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°51′11″N 77°00′11″W / 38.853095°N 77.002944°W / 38.853095; -77.002944
Construction started2009
CompletedJuly 29, 2013
Design and construction
Architecture firmPerkins and Will
HOK
WDG Architecture
Website
uscg.mil

HistoryEdit

Previous headquarters of the U.S. Coast GuardEdit

By the time of its foundation in 1915, U.S. Coast Guard headquarters shared space with its parent agency, United States Department of Treasury. In the same year, the U.S. Coast Guard moved to Munsey Trust Building, which was home up until 1919. In 1921 Bond Building became new building for headquarters. By the 1930s, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters units were split into three venues – Treasury Annex, the Wilkins Building and the Liberty Loan Building.[1]

In 1942, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters consolidated those offices into the Southern Railway Building. Between 1963 and 1971 U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters units occupied 800 Independence Avenue Southwest along with Federal Aviation Agency.[2] In early 1960s and in early 1970s agency also occupied 1300 E Street Northwest.[3][4] In 1970 U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters moved into Nassif Building along with its new parent agency United States Department of Transportation.[5] Last building to be headquarters was Transpoint Building, leased by General Services Administration since 1979 from Laszlo N. Tauber & Associates, which constructed the building in 1973[6] (building also served as headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command between 2013 and 2015).[7]

Initially, in the 1990s, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters units planned to relocate to 1200 New Jersey Avenue Southeast along with the U.S. Department of Transportation, but as the U.S. Coast Guard was transferred to United States Department of Homeland Security, plans were scrapped.[8]

Construction and tenureEdit

 
Construction of the U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters Building in 2010

In 2004, the Coast Guard began exploring its need for a new headquarters facility. The General Services Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security determined that it would be more cost-effective for the Coast Guard to move to a secure, federally owned site than to find a replacement lease for Transpoint Building.[9] By 2006 a new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Building in St. Elizabeths Hospital ground was proposed in 2006 federal budget,[10] although, construction of the building began in 2009 after receiving funding by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Budgeted at $646.2 million, it was the most expensive GSA project at the time.[11]

The building was officially opened on July 29, 2013. From August 2013 to November 2013, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters units relocated to the new building.[12] In the same year An act to designate the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building renamed Coast Guard Headquarters Building to Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building.

In autumn 2015, the Coast Guard's Maritime Security Center, Personnel Service Center, Hearing Office, Legal Division, National Pollution Funds Center, Recruiting Command, Marine Safety Center, and Base National Capital Region moved from various offices in Arlington County to the Headquarters Building.[13][14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coast Guard Headquarters Ribbon Cutting Remarks by the Commandant Washington, D.C. 29 July, 2013" (PDF). 29 July 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  2. ^ Department of Transportation U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters Organizational Manual CG-229-1, 21 May 1971
  3. ^ The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America. Washington, 1971, p. 627.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Coast Guard Headquarters Ribbon Cutting Remarks by the Commandant Washington, D.C. 29 July, 2013" (PDF). 29 July 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  6. ^ https://archive.is/20160815085949/https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1978/08/11/a-real-estate-success-story/d241c2dd-240d-4423-8db5-e967a39cb549/
  7. ^ "NAVSEA employees return to Navy Yard home". Defense Video Imagery Distribution System. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Jemal swoops in to buy Buzzard's Point building". Washington Business Journal. 11 September 2003. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  9. ^ U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (2014). Majority Staff Report. Security and Savings: The Importance of Consolidating the Department of Homeland Security’s Headquarters at St. Elizabeths. Washington, D. C., p. 5.
  10. ^ William L. Painter (11 September 2013). "DHS Headquarters Consolidation Project: Issues for Congress" (PDF). Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  11. ^ https://www.clarkconstruction.com/our-work/projects/us-coast-guard-headquarters
  12. ^ "Coast Guard dedicates new-home to WWII Medal of Honor recipient". U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters. 15 November 2013. Archived from the original on 25 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Procedures for Submitting Plans and Supporting Information" (PDF). USCG Marine Safety Center Bulletin. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  14. ^ "United States Coast Guard Personnel Service Center move to St. Elizabeth Campus". United States Coast Guard Personnel Service Center. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.