Duke Realty Corp.‘s Washington, D.C., office reports that it has finished construction on the Department of Defense’s new administrative office complex at the Mark Center in Alexandria. The job — part of recommendations that came out of the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) to relocate (DoD) personnel from leased space in Northern Virginia — came in five weeks ahead of the federally mandated delivery date of Sept.15, and it was under budget, according to Duke.
The 1.75 million-square-foot, nearly $1 billion project is located in Duke Realty’s Mark Center at Interstate 395 and Seminary Road. It includes two multi-story office towers of 15 and 17 stories, two parking garages and a public transportation center. Duke Realty served as the project’s developer, working with Clark Construction Group and its subsidiary, Shirley Contracting, the design builders, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Washington Headquarters Service.
“Delivering this project early and below budget involved the cooperation and commitment of thousands of people,” Peter Scholz, senior vice president of Duke Realty’s Washington, D.C., operations said in a statement. “We thank everyone who was involved in this project for their efforts, attention to detail and adherence to schedules. We welcome and look forward to the arrival of DoD personnel in the weeks and months ahead.”
The 350-acre, mixed-use campus will ibe home to 6,400 workers. Located four miles from the Pentagon and close to public transportation, the project has been controversial with public officials concerned about the impact on traffic congestion from the concentration of so many employees.
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