Wednesday, May 25, 2016
JBG, GSA celebrate completion of new HHS complex at Twinbrook
Centered around an impressive, 14-story glass atrium, the complex's open floor plans and skybridges facilitate ease of movement and cooperation among employees. Gensler was the architecture firm on the project, with James G. Davis Construction serving as the general contractor.
With 6000 employees and now four HHS agencies under one roof, the GSA still has 350,000 square feet available for expansion on the site. The expansion of federal jobs, along with the County's booming biotech sector, have been among the few bright points in an otherwise-moribund Montgomery County economy over the last decade. Since the residential building boom in the Twinbrook area of Rockville continues, being able to locate thousands of decent-to-high wage federal jobs there is a rare shot in the arm for the County's promise of smart growth.
In many other parts of the City and County, employment centers are being now converted to residential housing, putting more commuters on the road to job centers outside the City. Here, there's a chance for employees to walk to work, or take Metro.
"We truly have reason to celebrate today," said County Executive Ike Leggett at the ribbon-cutting. "I, for one, couldn't be more pleased." JBG Principal Greg Trimmer called the revamped complex a "world-class facility," and praised the collaborative effort among all of the agencies and contractors who made it happen.
The new complex is next to another JBG-developed workplace, the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases. JBG has arguably been the major player in the transformation of Twinbrook, with several commercial and residential projects now completed there.