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Overview

As part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) vacated their current facility at 4600 Sangamore Road in Bethesda, Maryland and relocated to Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. In response, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is redeveloping the property into the Intelligence Community Campus - Bethesda. (ICC-B). The purpose is to develop a collaborative intelligence community campus for the relocation of roughly 3,000 intelligence workers in the Washington National Capital area. The redevelopment is necessary because: 1) there is a shortage of secured administrative building space in the Washington National Capital area; 2) a shared intelligence community campus supports congressional desires for a collaborative community environment and the consolidation of an intelligence community facility strategy; and 3) it supports the reuse of existing government facilities.

The site originally included four main buildings - Abert Hall, Ersksine Hall, Roberdeau Hall, and Maury Hall. Abert Hall was demolished in the fall of 2013. Construction of the Centrum, which will combine Erksine Hall, Roberdeau Hall, and Maury Hall into one building, was awarded in September 2012 and is currently underway.  Additionally, a contract to renovate the facades of Erskine and Roberdeau Halls was awarded in September 2013. All of the existing structures will receive renovations and upgrades designed to meet current design codes, such as life safety and Americans with Disabilities Compliance.

Environmental Assessment Process

In accordance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), an environmental assessment was conducted in November 2010 , and the Finding of No Significant Impact was signed in September 2011. All documents associated with the environmental assessment can be found to the right.

Involvement with NCPC

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers first began working with the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) in early 2011. The Master Plan was originally submitted to the NCPC in May of 2011, and the Corps then briefed the NCPC in December 2011. At that time, NCPC deferred their decision, asking the Corps to address some specific topics at an upcoming meeting. The Corps briefed the Commission again in February 2012 to address the NCPC’s questions from the December meeting, and NCPC approved the Master Plan. In March 2013, the Corps provided an informational brief on the progress of the ICC-B campus. Based on NCPC discussion, the Corps took targets addressed by NCPC into consideration, adjusted the site plan, and once again briefed the NCPC in April 2013. In May, the Corps provide its preliminary submission for the Centrum to the NCPC and in June submitted Phase 1/North Campus for review. Both projects were approved in July 2013. In accordance with NCPC submission guidelines, future phases of redevelopment will be submitted to NCPC for review. The next briefing to NCPC will occur in March 2014 when the Corps will submit for approval the façade designs for Erskine and Roberdeau Halls. 

Video recordings of all NCPC meetings are available on the NCPC YouTube page.

Community Involvement

The Corps remains committed to working closely with the surrounding community. The first of several public meeting was held in October 2011, with two more following in November and January 2012. As construction got underway, the Corps held two additional community meetings in February and December 2013 to continue to keep residents up-to-date on the design and construction progress of the campus, as well as for the Corps to address any areas of concern by the community. Additionally, the Corps has engaged in multiple smaller-scale information discussions with local, county, and National Park Service stakeholders, as well as community leaders. Community meetings will continue to be held to keep community members updated on all design and construction efforts.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Takash at (410) 962-2809.