The $60 million project is centered around three connecting components: the historic former Hecht’s building anchoring the Seventh and F streets corner, connected to the south along Seventh Street by a new nine-story structure that incorporates four historic facades, and connecting to the east to a new 11-story tower fronting F Street. An atrium topped off with an impressive skylight unites these elements. The law firm of Venable leased 243,800 square feet of the complex, which was designed by Studios of Washington, D.C. Clark also completed the build out of this space and Mark Anderson Consultants was the construction manager.
Designed by SmithGroup of Washington, D.C., the facade features precast, granite, brick, punch windows and curtain wall as well as existing historic facade of brick and terra cotta. Three lobbies are incorporated into the project and are highlighted by stone flooring with metal and wood paneling on the walls.
In addition to architectural design, SmithGroup also served as the mechanical and electrical engineer. Tadjer Cohen Edelson of Silver Spring, Md. designed the structural systems and Oehrlein & Associates of Washington, D.C. served as the historic preservation specialist. Carr Real Estate Services Inc. of Washington, D.C., an affiliate of CarrAmerica Realty Corporation, will lease and manage the property.