The original building, seen here in 1948, is an enormous, 16-story concrete building with no windows on the first 11 floors. It was constructed within 5 months in 1941 with the intention to be administrative offices and a major storehouse for the yard. The size of the building created some challenges because of the soft soil below and pilings had to be built 150 below ground in order to support the size and weight of the building. The new building (a rendering can be seen here) will be used as retail and commercial space with the goal of bringing 10,000 jobs to the Navy Yard by 2020.
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