Clark Construction, HKS lays groundbreaking for the FBI Center for Innovation in Huntsville, Alabama


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Dive Brief: The design and construction team of Clark Construction and HKS Architecture have laid the foundation stone for a new training and cybersecurity facility for the FBI in Huntsville, Alabama. Set to be completed in 2023, the FBI’s Innovation Center will be at Redstone Arsenal Army Base, where the bureau is building a 243-acre science and technology campus to enhance training programs and tap talent in the region, according to a press release. As the main campus building, the 250,000-square-foot Innovation Center will be dedicated to cyber threat intelligence, data analytics, and training to combat emerging threats. The three-story building will include collaborative office spaces, formal and informal lounges, “collision spaces” for impromptu learning encounters and specialized training spaces including a kinetic electronic domain and a virtual reality classroom for agents to test and apply their skills and tools in real life. -world settings. Dive Insight: The Clark-HKS team’s scope of work also includes a central utility plant, dining facilities, and an outdoor quarter. Optional Caption Permission granted by Clark/HKS The FBI is investing $1 billion to build its footprint in the Huntsville area, according to CNBC, where the bureau has had a presence since the 1970s. In recent years, it has moved more employees to its facilities in the region, and today it has about 860 employees. The FBI envisions that at least 3,400 people will be employed at Redstone Arsenal by 2026, according to the Federal News Network. The FBI had planned to move its headquarters from the old Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. to a college campus in suburban Maryland or Virginia, but dropped those plans in 2019. Instead, it is directing capital investments to Huntsville, a city known as a research center and development in the field of aerospace. “As we look to the future, we are really focused on an investment strategy that will be surrounded by enterprise applied technology and advanced and specialized training,” Adam Rhodes, FBI program director and head of the transition team in Huntsville, told FNN. “We want the Redstone FBI to be the center for FBI technology development, and we want to standardize the advanced training currently deployed across the country at Redstone and create a graduate school for the FBI Training Program.”


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