National Geographic Society Headquarters Update 10/31/22

Remodel of National Geographic Headquarters Slated to Begin Construction

A $250 million rehabilitation has been proposed for the National Geographic Society Headquarters. The campus remodel features a three-building block that serves as a headquarters, museum and event space which is called "Basecamp."

The headquarters was originally constructed in 1904. After multiple additions and renovations, the campus aims to update and upgrade the 587,600 square feet of space. 

Plans include relocated the archives to be more accessible for researchers, and increasing space for an estimated hundred-thousand students a year. 

The office space will be reconfigured to be a hybrid-work environment, with more open spaces and technological updates throughout. 

The campus reinvigoration comes after raising $74.7M in 2021. 

While some of the materials will be repurposed, much of the campus will look and feel new. The project plans for 25% of power to be solar panels and will feature a grey water HVAC system that will minimize its environmental footprint. 

In 2019, the Zoning Board approved the addition of a 23,500 sq. ft. entry pavilion and plaza that will connect the three buildings via a pedestrian plaza, with space for outdoor events. Renovations are anticipating a completion date of 2026. 

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