Despite the building’s prime location one block from the White House, 1401 New York Avenue needed significant work to compete for tenants in the class A and trophy class markets. Our challenge was transforming a functionally-outdated, 210,000 SF office building into a modern facility — while 55% occupied by tenants.
Our comprehensive repositioning program recycled most of the structure, sustainably utilizing what is structurally sound and identifying potential opportunities for increased height and density. We redesigned and replaced key components, and created new, market-competitive amenities, such as a 3,000 SF rooftop terrace with views of the White House, Washington Monument, and Capitol; a 3,500 SF fitness center with spa, showers, and locker areas; a 2,000 SF conference center with full audio/visual capabilities. A full-height, energy-efficient, glass curtainwall façade increases daylight within the building, replacing ribbon windows and vertical decorative elements that partially blocked views out.
We brought new life to this 1983 building, transforming it into a sustainable, vital, workplace environment. The new façade adds visual movement to the building’s design and allows users to engage with this active neighborhood. By infilling the arcade, moving the entrance, and relocating balconies, we increased usable interior space without increasing FAR. In addition to the sustainable strategies we employed to recycle the building, 1401 New York Avenue is LEED Gold Certified, and a new DOAS HVAC system provides healthier, more efficient air, while reducing energy costs by 32%.