Monday, July 13, 2009

LEED Platinum Office Building Opened in Chinatown Today


The redevelopment of Chinatown continues with the opening of a 12-story LEED Platinum certified office building today. The building, at 700 6th Street, NW, appropriately named "700 SIX", features the largest green roof on a private sector building in Washington DC and boasts Capitol Dome views. Mayor Adrian Fenty and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Valerie Santos joined the Akridge development team in cutting the ribbon on the $150 million project, one of a mere handful of projects in the city to obtain such a high LEED certification.

Matt Klein, President of Akridge, boasted that "over 90% of the construction and demolition debris was recycled" and that "the building would consume 40% less water than a typical Washington building." The environmental standards set by the project continue a trend for new developments in the city.

700 SIX features 300,487 s.f. of retail space (7,001 SF on ground floor for retail or office and 10,400 SF of concourse-level retail space). According to Mary Margaret Plumridge, Director of Marketing & Communications for Akridge, the space is currently 1/3 leased by the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. The other 2/3 is up for grabs, though Plumridge indicated that they were currently working with a restaurant group to find a good fit for the ground level, which runs directly next to the G-Street cut through between the Verizon center and the movie theater complex.

The website for 700 SIX describes the glass bridges and metal walls as "virtually free standing with upper-floor windows on all four sides." HOK Architecture, the project architect, is familiar to DC residents as the designer of the new Washington Nationals stadium, and slightly less so for its design of the new office buildings at 88 K Street, SE.

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