200 I Street

200 I Street

Modeling Sustainability at The Highest Level

How do you transform an abandoned newspaper-printing warehouse into the DC government’s first LEED®-certified office building with a Platinum level certification? You call us.

Located in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Southeast DC, this project was one of the first to spark a flood of development in the then up-and-coming — now up-and-running — area of town. Representing a public-private partnership between Stonebridge Carras and the DC government, our work required renovating an industrial, windowless structure, and transforming it into 420,000-SF of usable, modern office space. While this was no easy feat, we succeeded, and the building is now home to numerous branches of the DC government — a move that has inspired other organizations to open offices in this quadrant of the District.

  • Project type
    Commercial Repositioning
  • Architect
    Hickok Cole Architects
  • client
    Stonebridge Carras
  • awards
    CREW DC Placemaking Award; NAIOP MD/DC Award of Excellence, Best Renovation/Adaptive Reuse; WBJ Best Real Estate Deals, Rehab/Reuse; USGBC-NCR Award of Excellence, Project of the Year, Core and Shell

A Complex Modernization with a Sense of (Re)Purpose

It’s safe to say our scope of work included the works — as our team constructed everything from a new exterior façade and base building systems, to new elevators, life safety additions, and parking facilities. Rather than razing and starting from the ground up, our team completely repurposed and modernized the building, which takes up an entire city block. To alleviate complexities and comply with the latest code standards, we moved the building’s entrance from Virginia Avenue to I Street — where it now faces the Anacostia River and Washington Canal Park (another DAVIS project).

This required extensive structural reconfiguration — within an ultra-aggressive timeline. Structural sequencing was critical throughout the project, particularly for timing the demolition of the existing façade, which was used for lateral bracing while we installed the new façade. As the building was a former warehouse space, it lacked a typical office floor plate structure. Because of this, we used Building Information Modeling (BIM) to establish accurate floor levels.

This project also required our team to work alongside AECOM on behalf of CSTX to inspect the train tracks and tunnels that ran alongside the building.

Being a Good Neighbor

Cost and energy-saving features were at the heart of this project, which included a water treatment and reclamation system, low-flow fixtures, and a 65,000-SF green roof. Located on the same block as Washington Canal Park, these projects overlapped in their construction activity — enabling us to collect the storm water from 200 I Street and connect to the piping system used to irrigate the park and supply its fountains. 

To date, this is the largest building in the District of Columbia to achieve LEED® Platinum certification. As a true poster child for the U.S. Green Building Council, this project set the standard for sustainability. In 2015, 200 I Street was highlighted at Greenbuild — USGBC's annual national conference.

Sparking Development with a Sense of Security

We managed to retain an incredible 76 percent of the building's structural elements, but we restored far more than just the building itself. To developers and residents, this project provided a sense of security. It proved that the Navy Yard is a desirable location for government and commercial tenants alike — and when you visit this neighborhood today, there’s palpable energy in the air.

200 I Street photos by Adrian Wilson; Washington Canal Park photos by Jim Tetro; progress photos by DAVIS