The future Department of Homeland Security campus, formerly a mental institution called Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, is currently being rehabbed to accommodate its 240 thousand employees.
Amid the many criticisms about their efficiency and efficacy, the Department of Homeland Security has held steadfast in their belief that to function better they need a dedicated space.
At present the department, which prior to 2001 was 22 separate agencies, is located in 50 different offices which are scattered across Washington DC.
Now, moves are being made to consolidate the workers, all 240 thousand of them, into a single locale.
The future DHS campus, formerly a mental institution called Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, is currently being rehabbed to accommodate the significant masses.
Some work has already been finished, like the 300-person dining hall and kitchen, but total completion isn’t expected before 2026.
Not only do the building and grounds cover almost 180 acres, nearly every inch of it is in a disastrous state.
For example, when it was abandoned for asylum use in the 1960s the steam heat was left on resulting in the complete collapse of many of the floors.
While the initial cost outlook was 3.9 billion dollars, more recent estimates are said to be hovering around the 4.5 billion mark.