In November 2011, both the First Congregational United Church of Christ and Skanska had reason to rejoice.
For the church, it meant a homecoming. Seven years of hardships have passed since it first began to explore the idea of redeveloping the site at the corner of 10th and G Streets in downtown D.C. where the church has resided since 1868.
For Skanska, it meant an excellent opportunity to expand its longtime European success in commercial property development to the US. The planned project at 733 10th Street in downtown Washington D.C., just four blocks from the White House, was the perfect entre for Skanska’s first development project in the U.S.
After the original developer lost it’s funding for the project with the 2008 market decline, Skanska was able to step in and provide the much needed dollars to make the project happen.
733 10th Street is extremely well located in the East End extension of the central business district. The building is adjacent to the Metro Center, the largest station in DC, and Gallery Place subway stations, two central terminals that service all five subway lines.
The new office also sits next to the entertainment, sports as well as the capital’s cultural and historic center. The Verizon Center, The Smithsonian Institute and Washington Mall are all just a few steps away from the site.
The Church occupies half of the ground floor and the entire second floor in the ten-story high, 171,171-square-foot (18,800 square-meter) shining cube. The building’s glazed exterior reflects the sky.
The proximity to government offices and agencies raises the building’s attraction among tenants. Major portions of the building are leased to the National Association of Manufacturers and CMGRP Inc., a conglomeration of PR and lobby firms.
The top floor and half of ninth floor is occupied by SoundExchange - the sole entity in the United States to collect and distribute internet digital performance royalties on behalf of recording artists and master rights owners. The ground floor also has a retail space.
In addition to Washington D.C., CD has targeted strong markets with existing presence including Boston, Houston and Seattle.
The LEED Gold building offers a number of green features:
Estimated 14.5 percent reduction in annual energy costs
High performance glass with low solar heat gain
Low wattage parking garage lighting
Storm water overflow reduction
Urban heat island prevention
75 percent or more of construction waste diverted from landfill
Reuse of salvaged items from previous building
CO2 sensors to regulate fresh outdoor air for optimized ventilation
Low limits for volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as adhesives, sealants, paints, and coatings