Feds to Move Offices into 1WTC


Three federal agencies are planning for a 2015 move into the new One World Trade Center, according to the General Services Administration.

The move, announced this month, delivers on the federal government’s commitment to redeveloping the New York City site after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

GSA says it will move its regional headquarters; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New York District headquarters; and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection New York Field Office to six floors of the iconic building.

The announcement came nearly a month after One World Trade Center, at a symbolic 1,776 feet, was crowned the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, topping Chicago’s Willis Tower (the former Sears Tower) by 325 feet.

Return to WTC Complex

“We are excited to return to the World Trade Center Complex, which federal agencies have been a part of since 1973,” GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said in a statement.

“From the day that the Port Authority started planning reconstruction, the federal government committed to remaining an important part of this building and the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan.”

The agencies are set to move in late 2015 to floors 50 through 55. Last year, GSA secured a lease agreement for approximately 270,000 feet of space for an initial term of 20 years, the agency said. GSA says it will create flexible and collaborative workspaces that reduce these agencies’ footprints by an average of 40 percent.

Additionally, the lease will help the federal government reduce its overall real-estate needs in Manhattan. To prepare, the GSA will offer government-owned space at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building at 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan to other tenants in the region, helping to reduce leased space.

2014 Completion

The building is slated for completion in early 2014. When complete, it will include three million square feet of office space on 71 floors, a grand public lobby, and an observation deck.

Condé Nast is the building's largest tenant thus far, leasing more than 1.1 million square feet.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is the owner and developer of One World Trade Center. The Durst Organization is an equity partner in the property and bears primary responsibility for leasing, operating and managing the building.


Tagged categories: Architecture; General Services Administration; Good Technical Practice; Government; Office Buildings; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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