Groundbreaking Ceremony

On September 9, 2009, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and General Services Administration (GSA) Acting Administrator Paul Prouty held a ceremonial groundbreaking to commence consolidation of a new Design/Build DHS Headquarters at the St. Elizabeths Campus.

"The Department of Homeland Security continues to unify our many components into one cohesive agency with a shared central mission," said Secretary Napolitano. "The construction of our new headquarters at St. Elizabeths will help consolidate more than 35 offices in the Washington area while creating thousands of local jobs."

"The development of the new Department of Homeland Security campus has been an enormous undertaking and a collaborative effort involving many officials, groups, and individuals," said Acting Administrator Prouty. "GSA's work will preserve the key historic features of this National Historic Landmark and provide an energy efficient campus for DHS."

Secretary Napolitano and Acting Administrator Prouty were joined by U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, Washington DC Councilman Marion Barry, other dignitaries and guests, and a number of members from construction teams currently working on the DHS headquarters consolidation project.

The project is the largest in the Washington metro area since the building of the Pentagon and will help revitalize and spur development in the Southeast Washington's Anacostia community. This project is expected to create direct employment opportunities for thousands of people in the Washington region while preserving a National Historic Landmark.

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Opportunities Center Dedication Ceremony

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Earthwork Commencement Ceremony

The General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Homeland security (DHS), United States Coast Guard (USCG), and joined by Clark's design/Build Team members, held an "earthwork commencement ceremony" on February 19, 2010. This ceremony marked the start of earthwork activities for site clearing and eventual building excavation.

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Million Cubic Yards of Dirt Ceremony

Picture of an excavator loading dirt in to a dump truck.

On August 1, 2010 the Clark team at the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters project celebrated a major project milestone: one million cubic yards of dirt moved. Continue reading...