APHA Headquarters Washington, DC

Background:

2215 Constitution Avenue consists of an original 1932-built, historically registered building on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and a 200,000 square foot addition to the property completed in 2009.  The original building is owner-occupied by a large national association and the new building is fully leased to a cabinet level agency of the Federal Government.

Challenge:

The property is open to the public and contains several large outdoor spaces, including a 10,000 square foot balcony overlooking the Lincoln Memorial, which are leased to the public and used by the Association for social events.  The varied uses of the property coupled with the need for level four security for the Federal Agency create numerous access, delivery, parking, and visitor challenges.  Further, the buildings location on the National Mall with its frequent restrictions on access from Constitution Avenue create supplementary issues.

Result:

DRES was hired by the owner to develop a property management solution that mitigated the operating issues caused by the dual use nature of the asset.  The first step taken was to place a strong on-site manager at the property.  DRES then implemented best practices learned from decades of experience on our other federal agency accounts, including integrating compatible security devices and single source security staffing.  These strategies quickly and greatly reduced wait times for all forms of property access and reduced costs for ownership.  By establishing more frequent communication and a better rapport with the owner, the Federal Agency, and the local police liaison, DRES developed a methodology to better support the varied uses of the property and the city’s ever-changing schedule.  Finally, by creating a two-way garage entrance on 22nd Street with new parking controls DRES created a solution that enabled access to the building when Constitution Avenue is closed.  In addition to enhancing business operations, these property management initiatives were mentioned as critical by both landlord and tenant during a recent long-term lease renewal by the Federal Agency.

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