Commercial property

$100 million redevelopment of DEA headquarters completes

DEA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Image courtesy of Judy Davis, Studio HDP

FD Stonewaterresponsible for spearheading the phased redevelopment of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s 511,000 square foot headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., completed the $100 million project in the deadlines and budget.

FD Stonewater took charge of the modernization of the two Lincoln Place buildings on behalf of the owner CHHC Lincoln Place LLC, an entity of California State Teachers’ Retirement System.

Located at 600-700 Army Navy Drive in the Pentagon City submarket, Lincoln Place opened in 1988 and has been home to the DEA for decades. In 2018, FD Stonewater represented CSHV in a 15-year lease renewal with the DEA in the largest lease transaction in Northern Virginia that year. With the government agency’s renewed commitment to Lincoln Place, CSHV agreed to turn the property into a premier facility via an extensive capital investment program with FD Stonewater at the helm.


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The newly renovated Lincoln Place, which can now accommodate an additional 400 employees, includes secure office space, including 20,000 square feet of sensitive cubicle information space.

Other new additions to the property, which meet federal Level IV security requirements, include courtrooms as well as cafe and fitness center facilities. The centerpiece of the renovations, however, is the DEA Museum, a state-of-the-art 12,000 square foot interactive exhibit space. FD Stonewater also took the opportunity to upgrade the systems in both buildings during the capital upgrade process. Smith Group served as official architect on the project, while HITT contract was on board as general contractor.

Par for the course

The Park Place project was part of FD Stonewater’s federal development and construction management platform, which involves the company providing services to landowners with federal government occupiers. Earlier this year, FD Stonewater completed another major federal project, the renovation and redevelopment of the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The 500,000 square foot business included the addition of new offices, support space, common areas and a conference center, in addition to improvements to the fitness center and cafeteria.

In recent years, FD Stonewater was also responsible for the interior renovation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency house in Atlanta, where the real estate development and services company transformed a 118,000 square foot space.