Welcome to the Department of the Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, website supporting the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Multiple Projects in Support of Marine Barracks Washington (MBW), D.C.


The Final EIS has been published in the Federal Register on December 1, 2017. This begins the Final EIS 30-day waiting period that concludes on January 2, 2018. The Record of Decision will be published after the conclusion of the 30-day waiting period in January 2018.

The Marine Corps previously announced the identification of Alternative 5 (Site E) as the preferred alternative for the replacement Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) Complex as analyzed in the EIS. Under Alternative 5, the replacement BEQ Complex and support facilities would be constructed at the MBW Annex and the associated parking requirement would be met by retaining the existing below-grade parking at Building 20.

The Draft EIS comment period concluded on May 26, 2015. The Marine Corps received comments from 14 agencies and individuals, most of which indicated a preference for one of the two alternatives that would construct the BEQ Replacement Complex on Department of Defense-owned land (Alternative 4 - Site D at the Washington Navy Yard or Alternative 5 - Site E at the MBW Annex). The Marine Corps identified Alternative 5 as the preferred alternative based on this agency and public input, as well as its proximity to the MBW Main Post and Annex, the elimination of the need for land acquisition, and the mitigatable environmental impacts of locating the replacement BEQ Complex at this site. All comments have been addressed in the Final EIS (see Appendix B).

Descriptions of the EIS alternative sites can be found here

Scope of the EIS

The Final EIS for Multiple Projects in Support of MBW addresses several proposed construction, repair, and renovation projects that would be implemented within an approximate 5-year planning horizon from the publication of the Record of Decision (ROD) (anticipated early 2018), including:

  • interior renovations and improvements to Building 7 at MBW;
  • upgrades to the existing MBW Annex gate at the corner of 7th and K Streets SE;
  • improvements to building facades, fencing, infrastructure, pedestrian amenities, and landscaping throughout the installation; and
  • replacement of the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) and support facilities currently housed in MBW Building 20.

The Final EIS also provides a less detailed analysis of the potential effects of several additional projects likely to occur beyond the 5-year planning horizon. These include:

  • the potential reuse of the Building 20 site,
  • interior renovations to Building 9; and,
  • additional landscaping and maintenance projects.

The Department of the Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, is the official sponsor of this project website. Questions regarding its content may be directed to the MBW Communication Strategy Officer, Capt. Colleen McFadden, at (202) 433-6660.

Last Updated on December 1, 2017

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