FD Stonewater announced today that the firm has been awarded and signed a lease to develop a new regional headquarters facility to house the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) in downtown Mobile, AL. The development is expected to break ground within the next two months.
USACE will relocate from their existing regional headquarters at 109 St. Joseph Street to a new approximately 190,000 square foot build-to-suit office building located on the southeast portion of the Mobile Civic Center site, anchoring the intersection of Claiborne and Canal Streets.
Earlier this year, the Mobile City Council approved the ground lease for construction of an office building on the grounds of the historically significant Civic Center. FD Stonewater worked closely with the City of Mobile to coordinate the office development with the city’s Civic Center redevelopment master plan and secure the ground lease, which was signed on April 18, 2023. Mobile City Council also approved funds for a new 1,000-car parking facility located adjacent to the new USACE building.
The new regional headquarters will meet modern design, sustainability, and federal security standards along with USACE’s programmatic requirements for secure office space, special use areas, and amenity spaces. The property will house multiple divisions of the USACE and can accommodate the agency’s future workforce growth projections. In addition, the project contemplates outdoor amenity space as well as a landscaped promenade.
“It is very exciting to see USACE continuing to invest in downtown Mobile, and we look forward to working closely with their team and FD Stonewater to move this great project forward,” Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “The City of Mobile has a long history with USACE, and we know they will be an excellent partner as we continue to redevelop and revitalize the entire Mobile Civic Center site.”
Richard Mann, Principal of Development at FD Stonewater, further commented, “our team is very pleased to partner with the City of Mobile and USACE on this important federal development. Our intent is to deliver a highly functional and efficient headquarters facility that meets the agency’s requirements and supports the City’s long-term redevelopment goals for the Civic Center site, while respecting the surrounding neighborhoods of downtown Mobile.”
FD Stonewater is partnering with architecture and design firm Wight & Company, civil engineering firm Mott MacDonald, and General Contractor Harvey-Cleary Builders.
Architectural renderings (ARB Submittal)