St. Elizabeths West Campus

Washington, D.C.

The consolidation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) departments will provide a more unified, secure campus that connects executive leadership and operational management for more efficient operations and incident management response. “To continue to operate in 50 some locations around the city just seems inefficient – it complicates acting like a single, one, coordinated DHS team,” says Jeffery Orner, the chief readiness support and senior real property officer at DHS.

ESD’s involvement in the St. Elizabeth’s West Campus project began with MEP design for the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. However, our scope expanded to include campus-wide master planning with GSA and the production of bridging documents, as well as the design for IT / security, security fencing, and the central utility plant serving the entire campus. The utilities were designed not only to support the campus through the third phase of the project but to be expanded in the future, if necessary.

The 175-acre campus was established in 1855 as the Government Hospital for the Insane and is a National Historic Landmark. Therefore, our services align with regulations under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). In addition to the preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic structures, multiple sustainable measures are being used to reduce environmental impacts and long term operating costs. These include the addition of a green roof, photovoltaic systems, and rainwater harvesting.