Skanska tops out at OZMA – 12-story mixed-use development in Washington, DC

Press release 2/22/2023 7:00 AM EST
ozma topping out

WASHINGTON, DC — Skanska, a leading global development and construction firm, recently celebrated the topping out of OZMA, a 12-story, mixed-use development, at 44 M Street Northeast, in Washington, DC’s NoMa neighborhood. Representatives from Skanska and its construction partners commemorated the event with the signing of the last beam to be placed within the structure.

“We’re excited to partner to achieve this key milestone at OZMA and look forward to seeing this innovative and community-focused urban development draw closer to completion,” said Dale Kopnitsky, executive vice president of Skanska USA Building’s Washington, DC operations.
The topping-out ceremony is a tradition, passed down for generations throughout the construction industry. It honors the construction team’s hard work and signals a time of celebration for the progress made on a project.

In order to reach the topping out milestone:  

  • 75,000 cubic yards of material was excavated,
  • 27,300 cubic yards of concrete was poured, and
  • 2,300 tons of rebar laid.

Designed by Handel Architects, OZMA will feature 275 distinctive residential units, 7,700 square feet of retail space, and host 17,700 square feet of new and sophisticated indoor environments balanced with a comparable amount of outdoor amenity space. The ground floor will include a secret garden with connection to a library lounge, meeting and workspaces, fitness center with flex studio, art studio and gallery with a social bar and more. The penthouse offers a wellness center with tranquility cabanas, tea room with a refresh station, flex studio with an outdoor fireplace terrace, solarium garden and an expansive terrace with a heated pool, grills and firepits.

OZMA is expected to be completed in 2024. Local brokerage, Papadopoulos Properties, will oversee leasing for the building’s 7,700 square feet of retail space.

Photos from the topping-out event and renderings of the project can be found here.

In the Washington, DC region Skanska is also working on: the net zero Douglas McArthur elementary school; Virginia Hospital Center’s new Outpatient Pavilion and garage; 17xM an 11-story, 334,000-square-foot trophy office building; 3901 North Fairfax, a nine-story, 201,000-square-foot office building with ground-floor retail; and The Heming, a 28-story, 410-unit luxury apartment building.