General Services Administration Department of Justice Building

Built in 1934 for $12 million, the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building was in dire need of a renovation. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is populated with more than 2,500 people, including the Attorney General of the United States and his staff.

Heery, as part of a Joint Venture, was selected by the client to provide project management services for the $140 million modernization. The development included a complete upgrade of the mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, and fire protection/suppression systems. It also addressed new finishes, handicap accessibility, and refurbishment/protection of historic elements.

A major challenge was the building needing to maintain operations 24 hours a day/365 days a year. The Solution of this challenge, the project was implemented in phases with two-thirds of the facility remaining occupied while one-third of it was under construction. In addition, much of the work occurred “off hours.” Heery actively coordinated numerous issues to achieve this delicate balance.

Key components of this project include the following:

  • Upgrade of mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, and fire protection/suppression systems
  • New finishes
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Refurbishment/protection of historic elements


Program Management


Washington, DC


Phase I: 350,000 SF; Phase II: 250,000 SF; Phase III: 400,000 SF


2004 Project Achievement Award, CMAA National Capital Chapter 2004 Honor Award in the Category of Preservation/Conservation, GSA 2005 WBC Craftsmanship Award, Art Preservation & Restoration