Arent Fox, LLP

While we are aware that this accomplishment is no mean feat, what is at least as noteworthy is the high praise for the Clark team.
Christopher Smith, Managing Partner, Arent Fox LLP
Washington, D.C.
Arent Fox LLP
235,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 

The Arent Fox, LLP interior fit out at 1000 Connecticut stands as a model of innovative design, high-quality craftsmanship, and dedicated problem solving. The new office includes unique finishes and the latest high-tech capabilities that support energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, and technology. Despite a tight nine-month schedule and unforeseen design changes, Clark delivered the space on time.

The 235,000 square-foot Arent Fox space showcases high-end design and construction, such as a 150-seat auditorium, a water feature, curved drywall, multi-story open staircases, and penny-tile-clad, egg-shaped pantries. To bring the pantries to life, the design and construction team used a three dimensional graphic model of the pantry and controlled CNC machines to cut the wood skeleton components of the pantry. The skeleton was then clad in flexible wacky wood, waterproofing, and penny tile to produce smooth curves. 

The greatest challenge faced during construction was a change order to add a curved glass smoke baffle to the five-story practice staircase. Receiving the notice to proceed just three months before scheduled substantial completion. This long-lead item required custom fabrication, causing significant delays not only to the staircase construction, but to surrounding construction as well. Through tremendous planning and coordination, as well as the cooperation of affected subcontractors, these challenges were overcome to achieve substantial completion on time without sacrificing quality.

The success of the Arent Fox project is the confluence of a unique and challenging design with an innovative and dedicated construction team. By working closely and creatively with the design team throughout construction, Clark delivered one-of-a-kind features consistent with the architect's vision. Overcoming a compressed schedule jeopardized by unexpected changes, Clark delivered the world-class interior space to the client on time.


Utilizing lasers ensured consistency with the layout and flowing drywall surfaces that upheld the vision of the design team. Custom designed, fabricated, and installed fiberglass panels also required the latest in high-tech fabrication methods; the use of 3-D modeling, rendering and fabrication allowed the team to flawlessly deliver this rigorous work.

ABC of Metro Washington - Excellence in Construction Award, Interior ($100+ per SF)
AIA Honor Award - Interior Architecture
ENR Best of the Best - Interior Design/Tenant Improvement
ENR Mid Atlantic Best Projects of 2013 - Interior Design/Tenant Improvement
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Architectural Millwork
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Drywall
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Ornamental Metals
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Special Construction (Fiberglass)
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Water Feature