With Virginia and Maryland still battling to land the coming new FBI headquarters building, the General Services Administration on Friday announced a “phase two” of requests for proposals from bidders.
The agency also has secured $1.4 billion in proposed funding in President Obama’s coming fiscal 2017 budget to replace the 41-year-old overloaded J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington by swapping it for land as the site of a modernized replacement.
“The consolidated headquarters facility will allow the FBI to perform its critical national security, intelligence and law enforcement missions in a new modern and secure facility,” said Bill Dowd, Project Executive for GSA’s Public Buildings Service. He also thanked Congress for providing $390 million for the project in December’s fiscal 2016 Omnibus.
In October, GSA notified bidders that had been selected to participate in Phase II, during which they will submit detailed construction proposals. Those bidders have not yet been publicly identified.
Three potential sites have been identified: Greenbelt, Md.; Landover, Md.; and Springfield, Va. All are near public transportation. GSA is also busy holding public hearings and evaluating land in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
The FBI headquarters consolidation project is part of GSA’s ongoing effort to increase efficiency and get “underperforming federal facilities off of the government's books,” the agency said in a statement.