Secure Classified Shared Workspace Coming to The Globe Building
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- Published on October 22, 2021
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The launch of a SCIF was announced to the 3,000 attendees at the recent U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation's GEOINT 2021 Symposium by Westway Services Group, LLC, placing St. Louis at the center of the national future of GEOINT. Westway's 75,000 square foot multi-tenant SCIF is now underway, along with the just-completed dramatic 75,000 square feet of adjoining non-classified multi-tenant GEOINT space, in the 700,000 square foot Globe Building --- just blocks away from the new $1.75-billion NGA/West HQ Campus.
St. Louis recently hosted the annual symposium of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), the GEOINT 2021 Symposium, which was attended by over 3,000 business executives, governmental, and academic leaders in the field of Geospatial Intelligence. During the Symposium, Westway Services Group, LLC announced they have leased 75,000 square feet in The Globe Building to construct a multi-tenant Secure Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) and Secret Collateral office space.
A SCIF is a specialized facility for highly classified Geospatial Intelligence work. It is high security, enclosed area that is federally accredited to facilitate the processing of sensitive information at the highest levels of security classification. This unique property will make St. Louis first of its type outside of Washington, D.C., that offers companies of all sizes to perform secure services for national defense and intelligence missions.
Several major geospatial intelligence firms now office at The Globe Building, including MAXAR, Ball Aerospace, and T-Kartor USA.
“This is terrific news for a region that has been actively recruiting private-sector defense and intelligence companies from other parts of the country and seeking top-tier geospatial intelligence status,” said Steven Stone, Managing Partner of The Globe Building.
Imagine a Classified Coworking Space (Almost)
Westway’s facility will occupy an entire floor in the recently renovated 750,000 square foot Globe Building in downtown St. Louis. The 75,000 square foot SCIF is intended to meet the needs of classified shared space users in a vendor-neutral environment within their facilities, and will be complemented by the existing 75,000 square feet of multi-tenant space for non-classified work by Geospatial Intelligence firms.
“Westway presents its unique solutions to meet companies’ classified, secure space needs via a full suite of facilities, which include information technology, and support services to empower both small business entrepreneurs and well-established large firms — both of which will need SCIF space to meet their contractual obligations in support of national security,” said Westway CEO and Founder Mark Webber in a press release. “The size, structure, location and technology of The Globe Building make it ideal for the development of this SCIF.”
Downtown North Insight District
The initial development stages of the St. Louis GEOINT initiatives are focusing in on the northern portion of downtown, now known as the Downtown North Insight District, where The Globe Building has partnered with Westway, the largest developer of secure classified space, to meet to the current and future demand in St. Louis for secure workspace to support the national security mission from GEOINT firms.
Located a few blocks south of the new $1.75-billion, 97-acre National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s “Next NGA West” campus in the heart of the 1,500-acre NorthSide Regeneration Mixed-Use Development, this new innovation district in St. Louis is seeing much renovation as the former HQ for the Post-Dispatch was recently been acquired to house over 1,000 employees of Square (by Twitter and Square Co-Founders Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey) and the T-REX Incubator also joins the Downtown North Insight District.