LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Extensive repairs and modifications on the building where the Washington Navy Yard shooting occurred in September will create a new environment for employees who will eventually return to work there, according to a Navy official.
Thirteen people died in a shooting rampage Sept. 16 at the Washington Navy Yard, including 34-year-old gunman Aaron Alexis.
It was the deadliest attack at a domestic military installation since November 2009, when an Army psychiatrist killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas.
Alexis was a defense contract employee and former Navy reservist.
Vice Admiral William Hilarides tells the military news outlet Stars and Stripes that he expects some of the 2,700 employees who worked in Building 197 at the time of the shooting will not want to return despite the renovation. He says the Navy will work to place those employees in a different building.
The Navy is currently leasing the former U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters building at Buzzard Point to serve as the temporary Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr Rebecca Rebarich says. It’s referred to as NAVSEA West.
Some employees are still working from home, Stars and Stripes reports.
The contract for repair and restoration of Building 197, awarded to CH2M Hill Constructors in late September, includes “alternative design concepts that will cover a range of options in scope, cost and time,” according to Rebarich.
The building is approximately 650,000 square feet and is a historic federal facility. The Navy will work with D.C.’s Historic Preservation Office to comply with its standards during the repairs.