Bethesda, Md.-based StonebridgeCarras was named the recipient of NAIOP’s annual Sustainable Development Award, which was presented during a special ceremony at Development ‘13: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate.
StonebridgeCarras was honored for transforming 200 I Street, SE, in Washington, D.C., from a windowless industrial printing facility into a first-class office building. The facility had been unoccupied since 1988, and its many different types of structural systems, lack of mechanical systems and large floorplate had made reuse difficult. Others had attempted to revitalize the building prior to StonebridgeCarras’ involvement, but none had succeeded.
StonebridgeCarras worked with the District of Columbia Department of General Services in a public-private partnership to create a plan that would allow the district to acquire the existing structure and redevelop it into a functional office building for district agencies. As Jane Mahaffie — principal at StonebridgeCarras and development director of 200 I Street — accepted the award, she shared that “the collective objective of StonebridgeCarras and the District of Columbia was to create an outstanding work environment of the 21st century on a very cost-effective basis.
The building’s former loading dock has become its new main entrance, lobby and art museum.
“Our team was able to completely adaptively reuse this building. Our goals for it included creating a sense of place while paying homage to the former industrial use,” she said. “Our team had a clear goal of maximizing our sustainable options on the site, with more than 85 percent of the structure reused. That was no easy task with six different structural systems, 12 types of columns and four types of elevations.” The project is the largest in Washington, D.C., to achieve LEED Platinum certification for both Core & Shell and Interiors.
One of 200 I Street’s greatest innovations involved turning the loading dock of the existing structure into the building’s main entrance. This allowed StonebridgeCarras to design the large entryway as a standalone art museum that now houses artwork owned by the district. The switch also provides better access to public transportation, and the building now faces the newly constructed Canal Park and the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.
“We are extremely honored to be selected by NAIOP for this great award,” said Mahaffie. “This is tremendous recognition of the creative and outstanding work done by our entire project team and the commitment of our partner — the District of Columbia — to renovate this building to not only meet its needs but also to be a shining example of contributing to the neighborhood and our environment.
"At StonebridgeCarras, we believe that although buildings may not look all that different to the eye in the near future, the advancement of sustainable systems and materials is completely changing buildings. We believe sustainable building is now just what we do,” she concluded.
StonebridgeCarras is a privately held real estate investment and development firm focusing primarily on developing mixed-use properties in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. During the past 20 years, the principals of StonebridgeCarras have been involved in the acquisition, development, joint venture, financing and disposition of more than $5 billion in real estate assets in the area.
2013 Marks Ninth Annual Award for NAIOP
NAIOP established the Sustainable Development Award in 2005 to recognize the growing number of firms engaged in environmentally conscious development. NAIOP and its member companies are committed to developing model properties adhering to the highest standards in the industry and believe that socially conscious development is essential to the economic vitality of the industry.
Applications are reviewed by industry leaders and judged on a number of criteria, including company commitment to sustainability, project history, economic analysis, water efficiency, energy efficiency, accessibility, innovation and other sustainable attributes.
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