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Banneker graduate Brayan Hernandez wins Akridge’s Thaddeus Stevens School Scholarship

THE $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP HONORS THE LEGACY OF THADDEUS STEVENS

August 6, 2018

(Washington, DC)— Akridge is proud to award Brayan Hernandez the Thaddeus Stevens School Scholarship for 2018. A recent graduate of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Hernandez plans to attend The Catholic University of America this fall. The $10,000 scholarship reflects Akridge’s commitment to the community and to the legacy of Thaddeus Stevens, who was a U.S. Congressman and a strong opponent to slavery. Akridge, along with development team partners Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC) (“COPT”) and Argos Group, formed the scholarship in conjunction with the development of Stevens School and Stevens Place at 2100 L Street.

Hernandez is the first recipient of the Thaddeus Stevens School Scholarship. Akridge offers the scholarship to students from the District of Columbia who are pursuing an undergraduate degree on a full-time basis. In order to qualify for the scholarship, applicants must provide proof of residency, as well as proof of college acceptance or enrollment. Applicants must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.

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The District, Akridge, COPT, and Argos Celebrate Joint Groundbreaking of Stevens School and Stevens Place

SITE AT 2100 L STREET TO DELIVER A RENOVATED SCHOOL AND A NEW TROPHY OFFICE BUILDING

June 18, 2018

(Washington, DC)— A number of corporate executives and District officials gathered at 2100 L Street , NW to celebrate the start of construction of Stevens School and Stevens Place. Akridge and the District of Columbia (DC) have collaborated for 19 years to establish a plan for the historic Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School and an adjacent parcel of land that was previously the school’s playground. As one of DC’s first public schools built for the education of African American children, Stevens School has significant importance to the city’s history. The developer, a partnership of Akridge, Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC) (COPT), and Argos Group ,will renovate the school building, which upon completion, will reopen as a DC public school.

Designed by Gary F. Martinez, FAIA of Martinez & Johnson Architecture, the 190,000-square-foot office building will feature multiple facades of floor-to-ceiling glass and a sculptural embellishment designed by renowned artist Jan Hendrix. 2100 L Street boasts efficicent, 20,000-square-foot floorplates and a full host of amenities, including a landscaped rooftop terrace and rooftop lounge, penthouse conference center, fitness center, art gallery with outdoor terraces, and more. 2100 L Street will deliver in late 2020. The global law firm, Morrison & Foerster LLP, has preleased 43 percent of the building.

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How D.C. developers are upping their design game on trophy buildings

May 21, 2018

Some developers, like Akridge, are sending executives to all corners of the world in areas such as Portugal, Greece and Japan to look at the latest designs.

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Stevens School saga mercifully ending soon with groundbreaking of trophy office project

January 25, 2018

It's been a decade-long saga — with deals done and deals nearly lost, political wrangling and neighborhood outrage — but the redevelopment of the Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School property on D.C.’s West End is, we can finally say, imminent.

Akridge and its partners, Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC) and Argos Group, are out for bid for a general contractor to construct the office portion of the two-pronged Thaddeus Stevens Place project near the corner of 21st and L streets NW. The second piece, the renovation of the 41,800-square-foot Stevens School building at 1050 21st St. NW for an expansion of the School Without Walls and an infant and toddler development center, awaits the approval of D.C.'s Department of General Services.

Matt Klein, Akridge president, said Wednesday that site work is underway and construction of the 10-story, 190,000-square-foot office building — to include 8,000 square feet of retail, 20,000-square-foot floor plates, two-story lobby and landscaped rooftop terrace — is expected to start in the spring. The office building, with an address of 2100 L St. NW, will take up the school parking lot and the lot on which the Humane Society of the United States' headquarters once sat.

The GC search values the office project at nearly $50 million. Bidding ends Feb. 2.

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Morrison & Foerster Chooses 2100 L Street for DC Headquarters

LAW FIRM TO MOVE INTO OVER 80,000 SQUARE FEET IN NEW AKRIDGE DEVELOPMENT

October 4, 2017

(Washington, DC)— Akridge announced today that it, along with joint venture partner Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) (NYSE: OFC), and Argos Group, has executed a lease with global law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP for 81,300 square feet at 2100 L Street. The trophy office building will be 190,000 square feet and is now 43 percent preleased. 2100 L Street will feature multiple façades of floor-to-ceiling glass and a beautifully designed, sculptural embellishment designed by renowned artist Jan Hendrix. Construction is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2018, with delivery in the first quarter of 2020. Morrison & Foerster will move into the trophy office building in January 2021.

Morrison & Foerster’s new home will feature an impressive list of building amenities, including a landscaped rooftop terrace and rooftop lounge, penthouse conference center, fitness center, art gallery with outdoor terraces, and more. 2100 L Street will boast 20,000-square-feet floorplates, which were designed to maximize efficiency. The project’s highly-desirable location provides easy access to a number of increasing neighborhood amenities and four bustling Metro lines (Red, Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines).

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Humane Society of the U.S. sells HQ, clears way for new D.C. office tower

January 11, 2016

The Humane Society of the United States has sold its national headquarters to a three-headed team that will redevelop the West End site into a trophy-class office building and renovate an adjacent, historic D.C. school for educational use.

Akridge, partnering with Corporate Office Properties Trust and Argos, paid $11 million for the Humane Society building at 2100 L St. NW. The sale was recorded on Thursday.

“We will combine this parcel with the Stevens School project to deliver a striking, trophy-class, corner office building in the Central Business District,” Matt Klein, Akridge president, said in a statement.

The Humane Society will remain in the building for six months, at which point it will relocate to a yet undisclosed location, likely on the West End.

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COPT updates 4Q15 Dispositions and Investment Activity

December 21, 2015

COLUMBIA, MD December 21, 2015 — Corporate Office Properties Trust (“COPT” or the “Company”) (NYSE: OFC) has completed the disposition of 9690 Deereco Road and 375 W. Padonia Road in Timonium, a suburban submarket of Greater Baltimore, Maryland, for $44.5 million (approximately $181 per foot). The two previously held-for-sale properties contain roughly 246,000 rentable square feet that were 100% occupied at September 30, 2015. The Company will recognize gains on sale of $15 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Including these sales, COPT has now sold over $150 million of suburban property in the fourth quarter of 2015, and approximately $200 million of buildings and non-strategic land year-to-date. Counting the transfer of two properties in exchange for extinguishing secured debt in August, COPT has disposed of approximately $350 million of properties. COPT has an additional $95 million of suburban properties and non-strategic land dispositions under contract or letter of intent that are expected to close in 2016. (Please see the Company’s other press release with today’s date, “COPT Establishes 2016 FFO Per Share Guidance,” for more information on 2016 sales.)

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