The Department of Defense’s BRAC 133 Project at Mark Center

Alexandria site selected over multiple options throughout the region

The BRAC 133 project is a new $1.1 billion office complex being developed at Mark Center, an established mixed-use business park. The new complex will accommodate 6,409 Department of Defense (DoD) personnel and is a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission’s Recommendation # 133. The project is part of the U.S. Army’s Fort Belvoir, VA BRAC initiative, and entails the relocation of Defense Department-level agencies’ personnel, from leased space in Northern Virginia, whose move is being managed by the Washington Headquarters Services.

The Mark Center site was selected following an extensive DoD evaluation of several Northern Virginia sites during 2007-2008. The new complex will consist of two multi-story office towers—a 15-story building and a 17-story building—two parking garages and a public Transportation Center serving Mark Center and the surrounding community, and ancillary support facilities.

Multiple factors, including the ability to meet aggressive project, transportation management, and site adaptability, weighed into the Army’s decision to select Mark Center as the site for the BRAC 133 project. Among other reasons, Mark Center provides the best resolution of security concerns and will improve space requirements and mission relationships. Workers will be in close proximity to the Pentagon and the senior leaders they support.

In order to meet the fast track schedule, this facility is a design-build project for which the City has accelerated its reviews, including embedding City plan review employees at the Pentagon working side-by-side with DoD employees in order to help keep this project on time. A senior City official has also been designated as the point of contact for DoD and the developer, Duke Realty, to expeditiously resolve issues as they are identified. Duke Realty and Clark Construction are the developer and construction company working on this project.

Construction on the project began in early January 2009 and is scheduled for completion as mandated by the 2005 BRAC legislation, by September 15, 2011. Once completed, the following offices will be located at the complex:

  • Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA)
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), multiple offices
  • Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA)
  • Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA)
  • DoD Inspector General (DoDIG)
  • DoD Education Activity (DoDEA)
  • Washington Headquarters Service (WHS)

For more information/reference:
Peter Scholz, Senior Vice President, Duke Realty

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