Wrapped with floor-to-ceiling curved glass, the new 11-story office building at 2050 M Street NW in Washington, D.C. – midway between Washington Circle and Dupont Circle in the city’s Golden Triangle business district – reflects its surroundings like a giant kaleidoscope.
For Brian Carroll and his team, creating the 450,000-square-foot building’s advanced mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems required taking a multi-faceted viewpoint, with one eye always focused on an unusual challenge: ensuring that national news and public affairs programs were never interrupted while the broadcaster’s new quarters were under construction next door.
“Usually we design a new building, then it gets built and then the occupants move in,” said Carroll, managing director of WSP USA’s Arlington office. “In this case, because the broadcaster was in the existing building that was being demolished, they had to be moved in phases into their new building before construction of the new tower located above and adjacent to it could begin. This necessitated detailed phasing plans along with the design of temporary HVAC and electrical power systems to allow for their relocation with minimal downtime.”
The building, located directly across Duke Ellington Park, also features four levels of underground parking for occupants and visitors, and a rooftop terrace and lounge with stunning views of downtown Washington, D.C. Each floor offers 25,000-34,000 square feet of space, with high ceilings and unobstructed views of the city.