New Indianapolis Office Dedicated; Groundbreaking for New San Diego Office
New Indianapolis Office Dedicated;
Groundbreaking for New San Diego Office
|Special Agent in Charge Robert Holley in the new Indianapolis EOC command post|
On 10/27/11, the FBI dedicated its new Indianapolis office and broke ground on its new San Diego office, marking the first time ever that we’ve held groundbreaking and dedication ceremonies on the same day.
New Office in Indianapolis
The new Indianapolis office has a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center (EOC) command post that allows for better coordination of operations in a fully digital environment. Since Indianapolis employees relocated to the new building this past August, we’ve used the EOC command post three times to support operational needs, including as a 9/11 anniversary local law enforcement briefing command post, the actual 9/11 anniversary command post, and a Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) operational command post.
New Indianapolis office.
The EOC command post includes a video wall that allows the input of FBI computer systems, outside video, and computer video conferencing that allows employees who work at Indianapolis’ resident agencies to meet with command post personnel without having to drive to the facility, saving fuel costs and agents’ time.
The new office in Indianapolis includes 110,531 of rentable square feet and will be able to accommodate 220 employees to carry out the mission of the FBI. According to Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Holley, “FBI agents, intelligence analysts, professional support staff, and federal, state, and local task force officer partners are proud to serve in this new facility. Our new headquarters will increase efficiency and enhance operational capabilities, but in the end, the success of the FBI is dependent upon the dedicated men and women who will work here.”
Groundbreaking in San Diego
The San Diego office currently occupies six locations, but will be consolidated into one and will also be co-located with a Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory, an FBI-sponsored, full-service forensic lab and training center devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of federal, state, and local criminal and terrorism investigations.
Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter at the new San Diego office groundbreaking ceremony.
According to Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter, “The men and women of the FBI are looking forward to moving into our new building. It has been designed to provide us with the infrastructure and space needed to support the FBI’s intelligence and investigative mission. We are currently located in six leased facilities in San Diego which are incapable of supporting new functions and do not meet enhanced information technology and security requirements. This new building will consolidate our resources to facilitate both an efficient working environment and provide us with state of the art capabilities needed to meet the needs of the FBI’s intelligence and law enforcement activities.”
Growth of FBI’s Mission Post-9/11 Necessitated Enhanced Office Space
Artist rendering of the new San Diego office.
In response to the growth of the FBI’s mission after 9/11, the FBI’s Facilities and Logistics Services Division (FLSD) initiated its Field Office Acquisition Program, which is now the largest build-to-suit office leasing program in the federal government’s history.
To date, the FBI has completed 16 offices, and 12 others have been authorized by Congress and are either under construction or acquisition. Not only do new FBI field offices consolidate operations into one office, but they also provide much needed secure workspace for counterterrorism and counterintelligence cases and allow for collaboration with others in the U.S. intelligence community.
New FBI field offices are also designed to be more energy-efficient. According to the FBI Assistant Director of Facilities and Logistics Services Patrick Findlay, “FBI field offices are designed to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified to save money on operating costs and utilities.” The new Indianapolis office has been certified LEED Silver, the planned San Diego office will be designed as a LEED Gold building, and both will have ENERGY STAR equipment.
According to FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry, who participated in the Indianapolis building dedication, “The building itself is secondary to the people who work inside it. Like this building, today’s FBI is stronger, more flexible, and more modern—able to meet whatever challenges lie ahead. Our ability to meet diverse threats we face today does not rest with any one agency, but with our ability to act as partners with a common mission. Together, we are disrupting terrorist plots and dismantling violent gangs. We are putting corrupt politicians and corporate wrongdoers out of business. We are shutting down child predators, computer hackers, and spies…” Henry added, “The dedication, integrity, and hard work of our employees is what makes the FBI such a great place to work.”