1015 18th Street, NW Washington, DC

Services Provided by Donohoe:

  • Building Renovation
  • Project Management

Background:

1015 18th Street, NW, had been a well-located, mid-block building that provided commodity office space to central business district office tenants since the 1970s.  Upon its sale in 2018, the new owner planned to transition the property to a class-A building in a rapidly improving marketplace and competitive set.

Challenge:

The building had ‘good bones’, including garage parking and good window line despite its mid-block positioning.  However, the HVAC was antiquated, the lobby was underwhelming, the windows were single pane and tinted, and the building did not offer tenant amenities.

Result:

DRES was hired by the new owner to oversee the wholesale renovation.  Most striking was the replacement of the existing metal and precast curtainwall system with a new structural silicone glazed curtainwall, resulting in floor-to-ceiling glass.  Additional improvements included a mechanical retrofit to chilled beams along the new curtainwall as well as new entrance canopy.  The Lobby renovation involved removing structural components to create a two-story open lobby.  Finally, DRES advised the owner about taking advantage of new zoning regulations allowing habitable space on the Penthouse level and proceeded to oversee construction of a new steel structure to house conference rooms and a fitness center as well as an adjacent observation deck.

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