UNCF President and CEO Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D, said the move will help them provide college-focused information and services directly to D.C.-area students and students visiting the area.
On Monday, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Council Chair Kwame Brown, Ward 1 Concilmember Jim Graham and other leaders joined UNCF representatives for a groundbreaking ceremony.
The $23 million building, called Progression Place, is right in the heart of the Shaw neighborhood -- 1805 Seventh Street NW.
In addition to housing the UNCF heaquarters, the 50,000-square-foot mixed office space will have more than 200 apartments and retail space.
There will be a career center offering students standardized test preparation, college application help, financial assistance, interview training and job placement assistance.
The UNCF provides 10,000 college scholarships every year.
The building is scheduled to open in late 2012.