Construction underway for new FBI headquarters
As seen on: Fox5SanDiego.com
SAN DIEGO – Ground was broken for a nearly 250,000-square-foot area headquarters for the FBI Thursday, overlooking the 805 freeway in MiraMesa.
The regional field office will provide space for more than 500 agents and staff, according to the agency.
“We are currently located in six leased facilities in San Diego which are incapable of supporting new functions and do not meet enhanced IT and security requirements,” Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter said. “This new building will consolidate our resources to facilitate both an efficient working environment and provide us with state of the art capabilities needed to meet the needs of the FBI’s intelligence and law enforcement activities.”
The FBI’s main administrative offices are off Aero Drive in Kearny Mesa. When the agency can move to its new location is unclear.
As reported by By CARLOS RICO, in The Daily Transcript, San Diego:
Construction starts on new FBI headquarters
Federal officials, local politicians, developers and contractors gathered in Sorrento Valley Thursday for the groundbreaking of the new San Diego FBI headquarters.
The build-to-lease project will be a six-story, 248,882-square-foot building with office space, interview rooms and a regional forensics lab. The 11.2-acre campus will also have a 30,000-square-foot garage for 480 vehicles.
From the outside the facility will have glass windows throughout most of the outside, terraces and an open area in the front of the building.
HGA Architects and Engineers, Clark Construction Group and Weidlinger Associates Inc. make up the design and construction team on this project.
The $100 million FBI building is being built to consolidate the six county FBI offices and it’s agents into one facility, since the FBI says it needs to support new functions and meet the enhanced IT infrastructure requirements.
“This building means a lot to us because now we will have a campus that will allow us to manage our staff more efficiently to better serve this county,” said Keith Slotter, FBI special agent in charge of the San Diego region, to the approximately 100 people that attended at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Slotter added that the facility will have “ideal security requirements” that follow FBI protocol.
The new FBI headquarters will house 400 agents and staff, including U.S. General Services Administration staff.
The new facility will be built with energy efficient amenities and sustainable features. GSA anticipates the building will meet LEED Gold standards from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“The GSA has been challenged by President Barack Obama to create projects that are designed to ensure excellence in public architecture, engineering and construction,” said Ruth Cox, regional administrator for GSA’s Pacific Rim Region.
Local politicians in attendance at the groundbreaking included Mayor Jerry Sanders and councilmembers Carl DeMaio and Kevin Faulconer.
Construction is slated to be completed by the second quarter 2013.
The Las Vegas-based Molasky Group, which is acting as the developer of the project, expects approximately 700 construction related jobs will be created during the lifespan of this project.
The $223.4 million build-to-lease agreement spans 20 years, where the project is being built to meet FBI and GSA designs and standards.