DIS opening new offices at airport Closing of Fort Holabird forces move to BWI

July 19, 1996|By Kevin L. McQuaid | Kevin L. McQuaid,SUN STAFF

Defense Investigative Services, a Department of Defense agency forced to pull more than 450 jobs out of the city because of the Fort Holabird military base closing, will debut its new quarters today near Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

The DIS shift to two buildings in the Airport Square office complex in Linthicum marks one of the largest office moves in the Baltimore area this year.

"One of the things that made the buildings so attractive to us were the defense-oriented improvements and security measures already in place," said DIS spokesman Dale Hartig, regarding the former National Security Agency offices.

DIS, the Pentagon agency that provided 204,000 security checks in fiscal year 1995, had been located at Fort Holabird since 1972. Fort Holabird was targeted for closure in May 1995, after federal officials determined DIS' building there would require more than $9 million in renovations.

DIS projects the move to 80,000 square feet at Airport Square will save the agency $2 million, Hartig said.

"The buildings are in a good location, were available and offer a competitive rental rate," said Bert Haus, an Airport Square Cos. vice president. "And with the Interstate system, it frees people to move in and out to Washington and Virginia."

DIS' move, which raises the occupancy rate within the 26-building complex to 88 percent, will also temper Aetna Life Insurance Co.'s recent decision to take control of three buildings totaling 223,000 square feet there from Airport Square.

Pub Date: 7/19/96

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