On June 7, 2013, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced the execution of a new lease agreement for the National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters at the Hoffman Town Center in the City of Alexandria.
The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2013), NSF is the funding source for approximately 20% of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities.
As a result of the newly-executed lease, NSF will to the Carlyle area at the start of calendar year 2017. The NSF will occupy a new 667,759 SF LEED Silver-certified, built-to-suit office building which will be developed by the Hoffman Family. The site, known as Hoffman Town Center Block 8, sits on Eisenhower Avenue, directly across from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station.
On January 27, 2014, the National Science Foundation broke ground in Carlyle.
See pictures of the official groundbreaking ceremony here (photography by Jason Dixon).
See the video coverage here, via AlexTV News.
Map of Carlyle, home of new NSF Headquarters
Rendering of National Science Foundation Headquarters 2401 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA