Memory of the Month: Building a better GEICO

By on October 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

Each month, we share an image from GEICO’s past and invite you to exercise your caption-writing skills.

PlazaConstruction (2)I work at GEICO’s corporate headquarters, just on the Maryland side of the northwest boundary of Washington, D.C. This building opened in 1959, but because the company was growing so rapidly, we needed additional space quickly, and the headquarters was expanded with a large addition just five years after it opened. My office is in this “new” part of the building.

As it was in the 1950s and 1960s, so it is today. In fact, growth and expansion have characterized GEICO throughout its 77 years. When I started here in 1984, we had four regional centers that handled all of GEICO’s business nationwide; one was here in the corporate headquarters, the others in Georgia, New York and California.  Since then, GEICO has built and opened six new regional centers – one each in New York, California, Florida and Georgia, and two in Virginia (not to mention the ones in Texas and Arizona, where we occupied existing buildings) – where a total of more than 15,000 associates, more than half of our current population, now work.

We insured fewer than 2 million policyholders in 1984; this year we’ve passed 12 million policies in force – and opened a new sales and service facility in Indianapolis. Throughout the years, we’ve seen a LOT of scenes like this photo here, in which an intrepid woman makes her way to work across a temporary wooden bridge, walking past the headquarters addition under construction on a chilly morning in 1964.

What do you suppose she’s thinking?