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Master Plan NEPA Documentation for Foreign Missions Center

Environmental services support transformation of historic Army medical facility to international chancery center.
  • Department of State Foreign Missions Center

    Plans are underway to transform part of a former Army medical center site to a Foreign Missions Center.

Client
U.S. Department of State

Partner(s)
EYP Architecture & Engineering, Inc., Gorove/Slade Associates, Inc.

Location
Washington, D.C.

Our Role
Environmental Analysis, Agency Coordination, Public Involvement, Environmental Impact Statement, Archaeological Support. 

Data
Size
34 acres
Completed
In Progress
Outcomes
  • Environmental analysis and guidance for the development of a Master Plan
  • Well-informed public regarding the need for and impacts of the development
  • A timely and smooth public review process.

Demand is high for additional property that can be used as foreign embassies within Washington, D.C. In response, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) is master planning for the development of a Foreign Missions Center (FMC) on the northwest portion of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The Master Plan includes the re-use and re-purposing of land, existing buildings, and supporting infrastructure on approximately 34 acres. Parcels would be assigned to foreign governments, under long-term leases, for the construction of new embassy buildings. 

The primary environmental issues and concerns with the development were the potential impacts to cultural resources, including effects to two historic districts and historic resources potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Other concerns include integrating the property into the existing community fabric; protecting open space, trees, and vegetation; and minimizing traffic, noise, and visual impacts. 

What We Did

Gannett Fleming is providing the DOS with environmental analysis and guidance for the Master Plan. Elements of the plan include building setback, coverage and height requirements, security, lighting, fencing, access control points, and landscaping elements. We performed environmental planning and documentation services in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the regulations of implementing NEPA, and the DOS’s policies and procedures for implementing NEPA. 

Gannett Fleming also assisted with agency coordination and public involvement and prepared an Environmental Impact Statement in accordance with NEPA. For the EIS, Gannett Fleming documented the planning and potential environmental impacts of developing an FMC on the 34-acre site. The graphically attractive, concise, and reader-friendly format of the EIS facilitated a timely and smooth public review process. 

Key Features

  • Prepared environmental baseline survey/environmental condition of property studies
  • Performed scientific analyses and assessments of biological, ecological, and archaeological resources
  • Identified and evaluated potential mitigation measures
  • Coordinated with federal, state, and local agencies and organizations
  • Prepared public involvement plans and assisted with public meetings
  • Identified current trends, cumulative effects, and projected land uses, including potential use and reuse alternatives.

Sustainability Features & Outcomes

  • Maintained and incorporated existing roads, utilities, mature trees, buffers, and historic elements in the Master Plan
  • Promoted the reuse and repurposing of buildings
  • Incorporated public transportation into the Master Plan.

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