Called the Minimum Anti-Terrorism Standards for Buildings, thesespecs were put in place to protect against a truck bomb scenario.They include 82 feet set back from the road, as well as nounderground parking or direct metro access. The requirements arecontroversial, with critics maintaining that while such standardsare necessary for high profile facilities, they are not fornondescript offices used by low profile workers.

If kept in place, the building security standards--which werefirst announced along with BRAC in 2005--would not have allowedseveral leases to be renewed here, unless the buildings would havebeen in compliance by September 30, 2009. Under the modifieddeadline, lease renewals may be executed up to September 30, 2011and the leases themselves extended until September 30, 2014 withouthaving reached compliance.

Along with the extension the DOD will also be developing,together with GSA and the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, adetailed plan to acquire compliant leased-facility space.

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Erika Morphy

Erika Morphy has been writing about commercial real estate at for more than ten years, covering the capital markets, the Mid-Atlantic region and national topics. She's a nerd so favorite examples of the former include accounting standards, Basel III and what Congress is brewing.