Public Office Building
Westlake Reed Leskosky designed and is implementing the renovation of one of the largest public office buildings in the District of Columbia. WRL is providing integrated architectural and engineering services to renovate approximately 233,000 SF over eight floors (Phase 1B) and a subsequent phase of 291,000 GSF (Phase 1C) of this 1950s era building that encompasses 2 million SF in total. Major elements of the comprehensive building renovation, which is being accomplished in phases to accommodate the 8,000 employees and visitors, include the replacement of mechanical and electrical systems, fire, safety and telecommunications systems, security enhancements, and modern public and employee workspaces. The building has landmark status and is subject to design and preservation review. Significant spaces and materials were retained and rehabilitated to preserve the original architecture of the building.
Office space, conference facilities, joint use space, public areas, and critical mission related facilities were upgraded to contemporary standards. The institutional appearance of the five miles of public corridors was dramatically changed with the addition of updated building signs for better way finding and new wall and floor finishes. As part of the programming and space planning phase, WRL developed more efficient, modular space standards that can be applied to a large portion of the building. A significant use of translucent and clear glass panels provides needed privacy while allowing greater access to natural light in the interior of the large floor plate. The renovation was designed to target LEED NC Gold certification. We have performed energy modeling and life cycle costing related to proposed infrastructure upgrades.