April 9, 2001
WASHINGTON, Apr. 9, 2001-The Heritage Foundation today announced major expansion plans that will include, when completed next fall, a new 200-seat auditorium, expanded conference facilities, future additional office space, and resident housing for student interns.
The planned $9 million expansion project was made possible by the Johnson family of Pittsburgh, Pa., which has given Heritage the building immediately adjacent to Heritage's existing headquarters.
The new auditorium, which will span the top two floors of the eight-story building, will be named in honor of Heritage Foundation Trustee Douglas Allison of Southfield, Mich., and his wife, Sarah, who have donated $2 million to build the facility. Allison is chairman and chief executive officer of Allison-Fisher International, Inc., an automotive industry research and marketing firm based in Southfield.
The new 63,000-square-foot building, at 208 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., will nearly double the size of Heritage's Capitol Hill headquarters. The late Thomas Johnson, one of the former owners of the $8.5 million building, was a former part-owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team and a long-time Heritage Foundation supporter.
Thomas Johnson's nephew, William Johnson of Boca Raton, Fla., said, "My uncle was a firm believer in the mission and vision of The Heritage Foundation. He would be proud to know that this building will be used to help this vital American institution carry out its programs to build a safer, more prosperous, better America."
The gifts were announced April 6 by Dr. David Brown, The Heritage Foundation's chairman, at the institute's Leadership Conference and Annual Board Meeting. "Needless to say, the Board of Trustees is profoundly grateful to the Johnson family and to Doug and Sarah Allison," Brown said. "These gifts will ensure that Heritage has the space needed for the foreseeable future to promote our vision for America and our mission."
Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner noted that this is Heritage's first major expansion since 1983, when it moved into its current eight-floor facility at 214 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., several blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
The Heritage Foundation currently has 185 full-time employees. With some 200,000 corporate, foundation and individual supporters, its income last year was $37 million.