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Tower Building, 1401 K Street

Renovation of the Art Deco Tower Building in Washington DC created sustainable Class-A office space with unique shared amenities that enhance the historic character of the building and introduce an iconic presence with minimal disruption to existing tenants.

The Tower Building, originally constructed between 1928 and 1929, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the District of Columbia Inventory of Historic Sites. Designed by Robert Beresford, the office building is an early example of the Art Deco style in Washington, DC. BBB’s scope included exterior restoration, renovation of common core areas, MEP and life safety upgrades, and construction of new facilities including a conference center, rooftop terrace, fitness center, and bike room, as well as the design of graphics and signage. Prior to design, BBB provided feasibility studies for amenity spaces such as rooftop terraces with lounge spaces, and other common areas. The L-shaped main lobby of the building retains many of its historic finishes, which have been restored. The travertine and marble walls have been restored, and the historic plaster ceiling and cornice have been repaired and gilded. A new marble floor and custom light fixtures designed to match the original Art Deco period were installed, and the original bronze elevator surrounds and building directory were restored with new decorative bronze side panels, and a touch screen LCD incorporated into the directory.

 

Client

First Potomac Realty Trust

Location

Washington, DC

Size

128,000 SF

Completed

2016

People

FAIA
Partner, Director of the DC Office
Partner-in-Charge