This existing building had become antiquated relative to the progressive needs of a 21st century workforce. The program for repositioning included a new façade, lobby, building systems, roof terrace and public amenity areas that include a wellness center and conferencing facility. The primary challenge was transforming this existing 210,000 sf structure while 57% occupied, to create a state-of-the-art building through the careful weaving of new and old.
By responding to the site context, near the White House, the design team provided monumental view corridors, a new glass façade, lobby and roof terrace amenity. An HVAC Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS), is woven through the existing structure to provide healthier, more efficient air quality and reduce energy costs. The outcome has brought vitality and visual movement to a monumental intersection, exhibiting the ability to “recycle” existing urban development.
The design team improved the street-front presence through the infill of the existing arcade and extending the retail storefront and lobby to increase street density and vibrancy. A new, state-of-the-art glass curtain wall façade facilitates modern workplace strategies while providing transparency. Floor-to-ceiling glass engages important view corridors and maximizes natural daylight within.
New life was brought to this building, transforming it into a sustainable, vital, workplace environment. This project illustrates that antiquated office buildings that have outlived their usefulness may in fact be ‘recycled’ into new, vibrant structures.