WSP USA assisted a global hotel developer with its latest development in Washington, D.C., which used a more efficient construction technique and offers guest rooms with quiet comfort and comprehensive technology functions at its bustling downtown location.
In August, citizenM opened the doors of its new location in Washington, D.C.’s NoMa neighborhood, located north of Massachusetts Avenue on First St. Northeast, and conveniently just one block from the city’s NoMa-Gallaudet U metro station.
This will be the second Greater Washington D.C. hotel for developer citizenM.
The nine-story hotel offers 296 guest rooms, as well as a fitness center, three societyM meeting rooms, a lobby living room with workspaces and 24/7 food and drinks in the hotel’s canteenM.
The work to navigate citizenM’s design standards and modular construction specifications became a rewarding endeavor for the WSP teams thanks to collaboration both on-site and globally.
“It was an exciting project to be a part of,” said Jennifer Mitarotonda, who served as the project manager for WSP on the project. “It had a very involved and sophisticated owner, as well as a very collaborative design team. The whole team really worked well together to try and execute the vision for the client.”
Based in the Netherlands, citizenM was launched in 2008 with the purpose of disrupting the traditional hotel industry to bring modern style and “affordable luxury” to the people. citizenM opened its first location at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in 2008, and has since grown to 29 hotels in 18 cities across North America, Europe and Asia.
WSP provided mechanical-electrical-plumbing (MEP) engineering, building technology systems, acoustics, and building enclosure consulting for the project. WSP’s MEP, technology and acoustics teams were contracted by architect Gensler, while the enclosures team was contracted by general contractor Gilbane.
In addition to Mitarotonda, WSP’s design team also included Jon Gillespie, lead plumbing engineer; Patrick Green, lead mechanical engineer; Garrett McWilliams, lead building technology systems consultant; Andrew Parise, senior lead acoustic consultant; and Paul Totten, building enclosures practice leader.
Tap on arrows to view citizenM slide show. (Building exterior artwork: Circulations, 2020, Hannah Whitaker. Interior artwork: Vibrations, 2020, Hannah Whitaker)