February 7, 2013

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Department of Commerce, Herbert Hoover Building
(File number 7355)

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) provided comments to the General Services Administration (GSA) on GSA's revised concept designs for site improvements and perimeter security at the Herbert C. Hoover Building, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The submission is similar to the concept design previously reviewed by the Commission with a few changes. Proposed security elements include a cable rail system that will mostly be incorporated into stone-clad walls and piers, hardened lights, bollards near building entrances, collapsible concrete, and vehicular barriers. Unlike the previous submission, the revised concept design includes some security elements along 14th and 15th Streets, NW that are in public space.

While noting that locating these security elements in public space is not consistent with NCPC policy, the Commission did agree to a partial exception if GSA demonstrated that doing so would provide increased public benefit. Means to provide these benefits include integrating security barriers into the urban landscape as best as possible; improving the pedestrian experience along Pennsylvania Avenue and in the Federal Triangle by adding seating, trees, and other plants; capturing and mitigating storm water runoff; providing a pedestrian environment that minimizes bollards as much as possible; using pavement materials and streetscape elements consistent with existing area design guidelines; and coordinating public space elements with the District Department of Transportation.

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[Begins at 5:29]


Fort Belvoir - North Post Intelligence Security Command (INSCOM) Expansion - Phase 1
(File number 7450)

The Commission approved preliminary site and building plans submitted by the Department of the Army for phase 1 of the proposed renovation and expansion of the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) on Fort Belvoir's North Post. Plans call for the renovation of the existing 234,000 sq. ft. building, adding a 382,000 sq. ft. addition, and building a new 1,421 space parking deck.

In its preliminary approval the Commission recommended that the Army evaluate moving the parking deck closer to the building to reduce tree loss; working with Fairfax County to provide bus service to, and a bus shelter near, the facility; and adding bike lanes to adjacent streets and providing bike amenities including covered bike parking. The Commission also requested that the Army provide several pieces of information prior to NCPC's review of final site and building plans, including responses to NCPC, Fairfax County, and Virginia DOT's comments, and a Transportation Management Plan for the facility, along with a draft Transportation Management Plan for the entire base.

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[Begins at 53:40]


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