United States Coast Guard Headquarters

Washington D.C., N/A / United States of America

The 1.2 million-square-foot United States Coast Guard (USCG) Headquarters is located on the St. Elizabeths’ National Historic Landmark Campus, which resides along the eastern rim of the “green typographic bowl” that encompasses Washington D.C. The site of the USCG Headquarters is situated along a steep embankment just west of the historic Center Building. The building’s height, siting, materials: red brick and schist stone, and landscaped roofs and courtyards relate, in scale and texture, to the historic campus and will blend in with its natural surroundings. A zinc clad entry portal frames an interior/exterior ceremonial space. Utilizing the natural slope of over 115’ across the site, the building forms a network of interconnected cascading quadrangles that are woven into the natural landscape fabric, neutralizing any visual impact on the “green bowl”. This progression provided the inspiration for the landscape concept, where the use of vegetation and hardscape features reflect the character of each ecoregion of D.C. and the surrounding areas. The LEED Gold Certified structure has an extremely narrow foot print. Shaded brick & glass perimeter and interior facing curtainwall facades maximize natural light and provide visual connections to the courtyards. Intensive/extensive green roofs and rain gardens control storm water runoff.

Architect of Record


Associate Architect

WDG Architecture, PLLC


General Services Administration

General Contractor

Clark Construction


  • Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
  • Thornton Tomasetti
  • William H. Gordon & Associates