District of Columbia Public Safety Facilities Master Plan

  • Client

    • District of Columbia Department of General Services
  • Project Type

  • Opened/Completed

    • 2015
  • Area

    • 3,600,000 ft²
  • Cost

    • $1,100,000,000

Design Achievement – Since the late 1990s, the District of Columbia has sought to deliver public safety services in a more efficient manner by pursuing the co-location of public safety agencies. DLR Group was commissioned to develop a comprehensive Public Safety Facilities Plan, creating a campus that consolidates the headquarters of the City’s major public safety agencies. The District desired a solution to support streamlined operations. The master plan creates a smart workplace with reduced office square footage and flexible spaces. It provides improved accessibility to alternative transportation modes and the downtown core while integrating into a residential neighborhood with adjacent industrial uses. The Public Facilities Master Plan demonstrates that the proposed Justice Center can offer the City an opportunity to address critical needs of vital public safety functions in combination with potential economic development. An innovative campus design also calls for educational partnerships that will spur private housing and office development.

Scope Summary – The scope of this strategic master plan included a comprehensive evaluation of the entire public safety portfolio of more than 80 geographically separate facilities, controlled by six different agencies: Metropolitan Police Department, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Department of Corrections, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Administration, Unified Communication Center, and Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. The project team led three distinct, yet integrated efforts: 1) a conditions assessment of existing facilities; 2) a strategic plan to meet the District’s needs over the next ten years; and 3) an evaluation of multiple sites for a new Justice Center Campus. The final master plan proposes a $1.1 billion Justice Center Campus with an innovative working and training environment of 1.7 million SF, and 1.9 million SF devoted to corrections facilities. In addition, the campus will serve as a catalyst for $919 million in future development through public-private partnerships. DLR Group provided master planning services.

DLR Group acquired Sorg Architects in September 2015. Today, the combined design expertise and resources of Sorg and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design. 

District of Columbia Public Safety Facilities Master Plan

District of Columbia Department of General Services