WASHINGTON (WNEW) — Thousands of employees are set to return to work inside the building at the Navy Yard where a gunman shot and killed 12 people, and himself, in September 2013.

Building 197 has undergone $63 million in renovations since the shooting. It will feature new desks for each employee, a redone cafeteria and a glass-enclosed atrium to create a new “sense of space.”

“The building looks incredible,” Chris Johnson with Naval Sea Systems Command says.

The building will also include a remembrance area, somewhere quiet to reflect with benches and a black granite waterfall that features 12 lights for each of the shooting victims.

The transition from NAVSEA’s temporary space at Buzzard Point begins Monday. About 400 employees will return to Building 197 each of the next eight weeks.

WNEW D.C. Bureau Chief Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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