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Here’s a look at one of D.C.’s newest office buildings

The landlords of 2100 L St. NW turned over space to its first tenants in April for interior buildout — a step that took nearly a decade to reach. And yet, there were no ceremonial ribbon-cuttings, no congratulatory speeches to mark the occasion. It was deep in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak after all.

But while stay-at-home orders stole some of their thunder from this hard-fought milestone, owners Akridge, Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC) and The Argos Group say momentum and interest are starting to mount for the long-awaited, 10-story, 190,000-square-foot building two years after its groundbreaking.

Its first tenant, Morrison & Foerster LLP, had originally signed on for less space, but has since exercised an option to expand. The law firm now plans to eventually occupy 54% of the 10-story building after it begins its move into the top five floors early next year, said Ben Meisel, managing director of leasing at Akridge. Just below them, on the fifth floor, technology venture capital firm Updata Partners has preleased a smaller block of 5,100 square feet after initially hitting the pause button on its search in the early days of the pandemic.

The building’s developers have hosted a handful of in-person tours to drive more leasing activity, and the building’s design has not failed to impress. “We’ve actually gotten great reaction,” Meisel said. “Part of what’s cool about this process is that, generally, we would be having broker lunches, grand openings, ribbon cuttings. We haven’t been able to do any of that, but to actually see it in person, people are blown away by it.”

The building may give off a bland glass-box impression when spying it from the opposite corner of 21st and L streets NW. But the development team noted the dynamism that view belies during a recent tour it hosted for the Washington Business Journal, applying appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment.

Indeed, a closer view from 21st Street side of the building, next to the historic Stevens School, reveals a glittering metal veil designed by internationally renowned artist Jan Hendrix to give the building’s floor-to-ceiling glass facade a more dynamic texture. The pattern also shows along the building’s Seventh Street face. It’s the sort of embellishment Akridge used at 1200 17th St. NW, only there, it used glazed terracotta panels to break up the glass. At 2100 L St., the glass-and-metal combination provides additional contrast to the red-brick Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School, freshly renovated by the development team as part of their 2012 selection for the project by the District.

COPT, better known for its stable of government and federal contracting tenants, wasn’t in the picture at that point. Akridge brought COPT on in 2015 as the project’s equity partner after each, independent of the other, had unsuccessfully competed for the right to develop 2112 Pennsylvania Ave. NW under a ground lease with George Washington University.

The publicly traded real estate investment trust was looking to diversify its portfolio and venture more into urban development at the time, and had plenty of equity and development chops to bring. The pairing has been a fruitful one, said Dean Lopez, senior vice president of development and construction at COPT, but it’s too early to say whether they’ll team up again on other projects in the District.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been five years now,” Lopez said. “The partnership together was borne out of COPT’s desire to enter the D.C. market and to develop a trophy property of this ilk.”

It’s taken until now for the partners to get to this point due to a number of complications and delays along the way, including a lag between when then-D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray selected Akridge and Argos for the project and when the D.C. Council signed off on legislation advancing the deal.

Today, the partners are studying what changes may be necessary for the building’s common areas and office spaces to respond to the coronavirus. They’re debuting the building at a time when questions are emerging over the need for future, bigger office spaces, but Meisel said he anticipates companies will still need spaces for collaboration and corporate culture. He also points to the building’s layout as conducive to that environment, with an interior courtyard between 2100 L St. and the Stevens School as well as the building’s rooftop amenities, an outdoor terrace, indoor lounge and conference center.

The partners just hope to be able to tout those elements with more in-person tours in the months ahead as Covid-19 restrictions start to ease.

“We’re open for business,” Meisel said. “We’ve got a beautiful product, and we’re excited to show it off.”

Akridge announces achievement of WELL Health-Safety Ratings for 13 Properties

Ratings reflect Akridge’s commitment to operating bestin-class properties and providing unparalleled client service

(Washington, DC)— Akridge announced today it has earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating for 13 properties through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). Those properties are 2100 L Street, 601 Thirteenth Street, 900 Seventh Street, 1101 Sixteenth Street, 1025 Vermont Avenue, 1121 Fourteenth Street, 1200 Seventeenth Street, 2425 Wilson Boulevard, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, 975 F Street, 1100 Seventeenth Street, 1199 North Fairfax Street, and 7550 Wisconsin Avenue. The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and space types focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans to address a post-COVID-19 environment now and into the future.

The WELL Health-Safety Rating was designed to empower owners and operators across large and small businesses alike to take the necessary steps in order to prioritize the health and safety of their staff, visitors, and stakeholders. The WELL Health-Safety Rating can help guide users in preparing their spaces for re-entry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, instilling confidence in those who come through the building as well as the broader community.

“I am incredibly proud of the work Sonia Zamora, Caroline Gieseler, and our property management did to earn the Health-Safety Rating for 13 properties,” said Matt Klein, president of Akridge. “When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the property management team worked round the clock to ensure our buildings met the highest operating standards. This achievement is a testament to their continued dedication to prioritizing
Client health.”

In order to achieve WELL Health-Safety Rating, these projects implemented features such as enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures, emergency preparedness programs, health service resources, air and water quality management, and stakeholder engagement and communication.

The WELL Health-Safety Rating provides a centralized source and governing body to validate efforts made by owners and operators. It leverages insight from the IWBI Task Force on COVID-19. It also applies guidance on the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), global disease control and prevention centers, and emergency management agencies. It further leverages guidance from recognized standard-making associations, such as ASTM International and ASHRAE, and leading academic and research institutions. Its core principles were established by IWBI’s WELL Building Standard, the premier framework for advancing health in buildings and spaces of all kinds.

Leading Legal Recruiting Firm Macrae Expands DC Footprint with Move to 2100 L Street

(Washington, DC)— Akridge and joint venture partner Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) (NYSE: OFC) announced today that Macrae, a leading transatlantic legal recruiting firm, has signed a lease at 2100 L Street, NW (2100 L Street). Located in Washington, DC’s central business district, 2100 L Street is a newly developed 10-story, 190,000-square-foot trophy office property. Akridge, COPT, and Argos Group developed the building in conjunction with redeveloping the adjacent, historic Thaddeus Stevens School, transforming the corner of L and 21st Streets. Macrae, who established its DC presence in 2019 and has grown rapidly since, will move into the building in February 2022.

Recognized by Washington Business Journal as the “Best New Development in 2020” and by NAIOP DC|MD as the “Best Urban Office Over 150,000 SF,” 2100 L Street was designed for the next generation of office space. It features an iconic architectural veil, designed by the internationally renowed artist Jan Hendrix, and world-class amenities including Willowtop, a lush rooftop terrace and lounge; Oakside, a penthouse conference center; Drew Gallery, a curated art gallery with rotating exhibits of local, Black artists; a spa-quality fitness center; and a pocket park. The building’s highly desirable location provides easy access to numerous fine dining and casual restaurants, hotels, shops, and four Metro lines (Red, Orange, Blue, and
Silver).

“As a growing firm with a stellar reputation within the legal industry, Macrae had its pick of many top-quality office spaces. We are delighted to welcome the firm to 2100 L Street as our newest tenant,” said Todd Hartman, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at COPT. “The caliber of companies and their commitment to 2100 L Street is testimony to the building’s extraordinary architecture, interior design and state-of-the-art amenities.”

“Akridge is honored to welcome Macrae to 2100 L Street,” said Akridge President Matt Klein. “We designed 2100 L Street to meet the needs of the evolving workplace, and Macrae’s decision to move there is a testament to its modern design, impressive amenities, and intelligent infrastructure.”

Sandy Weiss, Principal, Tenant Representation, at Summit Commercial Real Estate represented Macrae. Ben Meisel and Tim McCarty of Akridge provided landlord representation for the property.

NAIOP DC|MD: 2021 Design Awards – Best DC Urban Office: Over 150,000 SF

Award of Excellence
Best DC Urban Office: Over 150,000 SF

Project Team

Akridge – (Owner + Developer)
Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) – (Owner)
OTJ Architects – (Architect)
WDG Architecture – (Architect)
Davis – (General Contractor)
Akridge – (Broker + Project Management)
A. Zahner Company

Project Description

2100 L Street delivers a stunning, 190,000-square-foot building that elevates DC’s architecture to new heights and features signature amenities that truly differentiate it from other trophy office buildings. Its delivery marks the culmination of nearly two decades of collaboration between the ownership group, community stakeholders, and the District. Even more noteworthy, the project includes a multitude of community benefits carefully chosen to honor the legacy of U.S. Congressman and abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. The ownership team has already leased the major-ity of the project, a testament to their ability to deliver unparalleled design while also contributing to the local community.

2100 L Street is a modern, trophy office building with a striking architectural veil that spans the façade and rooftop. Designed by world-renowned artist Jan Hendrix, the veil’s intricate pattern was inspired by the leaf structure of the Willow Oak tree found throughout DC and on K Street. The A. Zahner Company fabricated the stainless steel veil, which reflects light and creates dynamic view lines both inside and outside the building. Several of the building’s signature amenities are named after the veil and the Willow Oak tree that inspired it. The building boasts a landscaped rooftop terrace, penthouse lounge, and adjacent catering kitchen all named the Willowtop, as well as a penthouse conference room named the Oakside. Combined, Willowtop and Oakside provide Clients an ideal location to meet, collaborate, and socialize in Client-only space maintained by a white-glove property management team. In addition, 2100 L Street has an art gallery and terrace, named the Drew Gallery after the promi-nent Stevens School alumna Charles E. Drew. The Drew Gallery will feature the artwork of local Black artists provides Clients another space to socialize and entertain guests. 2100 L Street also has a small park named Legacy Garden that honors the legacy of Thaddeus Stevens, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a bicycle storage room with a maintenance station, and spa-quality locker rooms. The building also features floor-to-ceiling glass and a grand, two-story lobby with oxidized nickel panels. 2100 L Street’s highly desirable location also provides easy access to a number of neighborhood amenities and four bustling Metro lines.

The ownership group dedicated 22 years to-date to the purchase and development of 2100 L Street. The building sits on two parcels –the his-toric Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School land parcel and the former national headquarters of the Humane Society of the United States’ parcel (HSUS). Ownership first identified the opportunity to redevelop the location in 1998, starting discussions with the District of Columbia to rede-velop the property. In 2009, then-Mayor Adrian Fenty re-awarded the site to Equity Residential, Inc. to redevelop the lot into an apartment build-ing and restaurant. This upset neighbors, who fought that decision, and in 2011, Mayor Vincent Gray rebid the project. With wide support from the community, the city awarded the project to 2100 L Street’s ownership team the next year. Concurrent with finalizing the Stevens School deal, the ownership team purchased the HSUS headquarters located at the corner of 21st and L Streets. The combined sites not only allowed for the development of a corner office building, but also enabled the team to increase the size of the project by approximately 50,000 square feet.

An integral part of 2100 L Street is the benefits it provides the community. The ownership team worked closely with the District and community organizations to incorporate several design elements and outreach programs to benefit the community at large. 2100 L Street honors both the historic Stevens School, which was one of DC’s first public schools built for the education of African American children, and its namesake, Thad-deus Stevens, who was a U.S. Congressman and a strong abolitionist. The property will include a rotating art gallery of works from Black artists, an exterior art feature commemorating Thaddeus Stevens, and an augmented reality (“AR”) lobby exhibit celebrating the history of the Stevens School and many of its famous alumni. 2100 L Street has also provided various community benefits, including a college scholarship program for local DC students, which has already awarded scholarships to four impressive applicants. 2100 L Street also participates in a program working with local schools to expose students to real estate development and construction.

2100 L Street not only delivered a beautiful, architecturally striking building that provides multiple community benefits, but it also delivered ma-jority leased. The global law firm, Morrison & Foerster LLP, preleased 54 percent of the buildin and occupy floors 6-10. In addition, Updata Part-ners, a software venture capital group, has preleased approximately 5,100 square feet on the fifth floor. Because of its incredible design and the many community benefits it provides, 2100 L Street will impact DC for years to come.

 

New luxury building materials showroom to open in downtown D.C.

The location, to open in the ground floor of a downtown office building, is only one of a handful from the company in the U.S.

Cosentino, a Spanish manufacturer and distributor of stone building materials, plans to open a new location in downtown D.C., where it’s targeting the region’s commercial real estate industry as one of its few markets nationwide.

The company signed a lease for about 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space at 2100 L St. NW, a 10-story office building developed in 2020 by Akridge and Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC), joining such tenants as law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP and venture capital firm Updata Partners. In addition to showcasing building materials brands that include Silestone, Dekton and Sensa, the location will also include a chef’s kitchen where it will host special events and demonstrations.

The space is the fifth U.S. location for Cosentino after Miami, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In all, it counts a little more than two-dozen major locations around the world, including Dubai, London, Madrid, Barcelona and Singapore.

The global company said it had the design of 2100 L St. in mind when it selected it as its D.C. site — it includes a stainless steel veil and two-story lobby with oxidized zinc panels, for instance — according to Antonio Aguilar Centeno, expansion director for Cosentino. The D.C. building, designed by OTJ Architects with WDG Architecture as its architect of record, was part of a larger redevelopment of the historic Stevens School that was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the best real estate deals of 2020.

“The building seemed a natural fit,” Centeno said as part of his statement on the new showroom. “And its location is proximate to many of the city’s architectural and interior design firms that constitute our target clientele.”

Cosentino, whose Americas headquarters is based in South Florida, was not among the prospective tenants Akridge and COPT had originally sought out to fill the building’s roughly 8,000 square feet of retail space prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. The outbreak caused many of its initial prospects to hit the pause button early on, and the manufacturer emerged as an attractive prospect shortly after.

Akridge and COPT still hope to land a fast-casual eatery, a white-tablecloth restaurant or both to finish off the 190,000-square-foot building’s retail space, said David Toney, senior vice president of development at Akridge. The team is in talks with other prospects, including food and beverage operators, and is nearing the finish line with one of them, he said.

“It’s nice for Washington, D.C., that a company like that wants to open a unit in our market, and on top of that, be a tenant in one of our buildings,” Toney said of Cosentino. “I think it just fits well with the building. It’s not an amenity, necessarily, for an office group upstairs. But it works well with the neighborhood and fits well with the building.”

Matthew Alexander and Laura Bellantoni of Dochter and Alexander Retail Advisors represented COPT and Akridge in the lease, while Crystal Jutte of Mohr Partners and Jed Prossner of Lincoln Property Co. represented Cosentino.

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Best New Development of 2020: 2100 L St. NW

The building is about 60% leased, with Morrison & Forester leasing floors six through 10, and software venture capital group Updata Partners signing on for a smaller block of 5,100 square feet on the fifth floor.

It almost seemed fitting the Covid-19 outbreak would prevent the development team from hosting a rooftop celebration marking the completion of 2100 L St. NW, or at least taking prospective tenants on in-person tours through the 10-story office building.

After all, developers Akridge, Corporate Office Properties Trust and Argos Group had overcome no shortage of obstacles, delays and setbacks along the long and twisty journey that culminated in June with a certificate of occupancy for the 190,000-square-foot building, anchored by global law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP. What was one more?

Far from taking a woe-is-me attitude, the team adapted, rolling out a marketing campaign featuring targeted emails, videos and virtual walk-throughs to show off the $170 million building’s sleek, two-story lobby with floor-to-ceiling glass and oxidized zinc panels. In some ways, the team says, the building is ideally positioned to attract new tenants in a post-Covid world with features like a dedicated outdoor air system serving as its HVAC base, LEED Platinum certification, and outdoor spaces such as a rooftop terrace and pocket park to take in fresh air.

“We’ve pretty much put this major investment into a new building, a major trophy building we were all very proud of, and then we ran into the pandemic and couldn’t really show it off the way we wanted to,” says David Toney, senior vice president of development for Akridge. “It’s great to see how it finally has come together and overcome a lot of the challenges.”

The path officially started in 2012, when then-Mayor Vincent Gray picked the team to tackle the redevelopment of the historic Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School site after the administration of his predecessor, Adrian Fenty, had canceled the project’s award to another group in the face of community pushback. It would take another five years of delays before Akridge, COPT and Argos were in position to break ground, setting the stage for its delivery in the midst of a pandemic — all at a time when the District’s office vacancy rate, at around 17.4%, is as high as it has been in more than a decade, per first-quarter stats from CBRE.

The building is about 60% leased, with Morrison & Forester leasing floors six through 10, and software venture capital group Updata Partners signing on for a smaller block of 5,100 square feet on the fifth floor. Now that more people are getting vaccinated and spring weather has arrived, tour velocity is starting to pick back up, says Ben Meisel, managing director of leasing for Akridge.

“We’ve seen it go from an extremely high volume of potential tenants looking at it, getting presentations, and then the screeching halt, and then the nuclear winter, when nothing was happening,” Meisel says. “It actually picked up in the fall and then, with the advent of a vaccine now, I know that the last three tours that we’ve done over there, the tenants that are touring, one or all of them are vaccinated.”

As with so much in commercial real estate, seeing is believing. The team hopes that in-person tours will help to highlight the building’s modern architecture, which features a brushed-and-polished stainless steel veil designed by Dutch artist Jan Hendrix, along with amenities like a penthouse conference center and art gallery on the ground floor. All of that is set against the backdrop of the historic Stevens School, built in 1868 as the District’s first publicly funded school for Black children. The team agreed to refurbish that building as part of its deal with the District.

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ENR MidAtlantic Announces 2021 Best Projects

Although it was hard to find something to celebrate in 2020, ENR MidAtlantic’s Best Projects judges took comfort in the fact that great projects were still completed despite a year full of challenges. This year’s judges honored 32 projects from across the region.

While the winners of the main categories can be found in the list below, the Best Project safety and sustainability award winners, which are juried by a separate groups of safety and sustainability experts, will be announced soon in the ENR MidAtlantic free e-newsletter. The finalists for this year’s ENR MidAtlantic Project of the Year will also be announced soon in the e-newsletter.

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The Judges’ selection for this year’s overall Project of the Year from the Best Project-level winners listed below will be announced in the October issue of ENR MidAtlantic and the ENR MidAtlantic Best Projects awards event on Oct. 28. For more information about the Regional Best Projects event, please visit https://www.enr.com/enr-best-projects-awards/baltimore

This year’s winning projects in the main categories—which are listed at the bottom of this post—will also be profiled in depth in the October print issue of ENR MidAtlantic.

Two panels of industry judges reviewed nearly 90 projects located throughout the region, including Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The judges were divided into two groups and assigned a group of categories. Projects were evaluated on the ability of the project team to overcome challenges, contribution to the industry and community, safety and construction and design quality. Due to the large number of entries, we can only honor a fraction of the projects that are submitted each year, so if your project didn’t win this year, please be sure to submit next year!

Judges could select any combination of Best Project-level category winners and Award of Merit honorees.

This year’s 2021 ENR MidAtlantic Best Projects winners are:

Best Project-level winners

Airport/Transit

South NIT Stack Optimization Project

Submitted by Allan Myers

Cultural/Worship

National Museum of the United States Army

Submitted by Draper Aden Associates

Government/Public Building

Hopper Hall: Center for Cyber Security Studies

Submitted by Turner Construction Co.

Health Care

University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center

Submitted by Clark Construction Group LLC

Higher Education/Research

Calvin and Tina Tyler Hall Student Services Building

Submitted by Barton Malow Holdings LLC

Highway/Bridge

S.R. 0422 Section SRB – US 422 Schuylkill River Bridge

Submitted by JBC Associates Inc.

K-12 Education

Eliot-Hine Middle School

Submitted by Turner Construction Co.

Manufacturing

National Institutes of Health NCI Building T30 Cell Processing Modular Facility

Submitted by DPR Construction

Office/Retail/Mixed-Use

The Wilson and The Elm – 7272 Wisconsin Avenue

Submitted by the Clark Construction Group LLC

Renovation/Restoration

Cannon House Revitalization Phase 2

Submitted by Clark/Christman

Sports/Entertainment

Lubber Run Community Center

Submitted by MCN Build

Water/ Environment

Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks and Wet Weather Equalization Facilities Improvements

Submitted by Clark/Ulliman Schutte

Awards of Merit

Cultural/Worship

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Core Project, Philadelphia, Pa.

Submitted by LF Driscoll

Cultural/Worship

Southwest Neighborhood Library

Submitted by Turner Construction Co.

Government Public Building 

Wheaton Revitalization Project

Submitted by Clark Construction Group LLC

Health Care

Hampden Medical Center

Submitted by Barton Malow Alexander

Health Care

Meritus Health 2 South – Regional Infection Containment Wing

Submitted by Gilbane Building Co.

Higher Education/Research

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Submitted Skanska USA Building Co.

Higher Education/Research

ODU Chemistry Building

Submitted by W.M. Jordan Co.

Highway/Bridge

I-270 at Watkins Mill Road Interchange

Submitted by Wagman Heavy Civil Inc.

Interior/Tenant Improvement

Biohaven Pharmaceuticals (Office Renovation)

Submitted by Svigals + Partners

Interior/Tenant Improvement

2020 T. Rowe Price IPD Projects

Turner Construction Co.

K-12 Education

Jefferson Middle School Academy

Submitted by MCN Build

Office/Retail/Mixed-Use

2100 L St

Submitted by DAVIS Construction

Office/Retail/Mixed-Use

APTA – American Physical Therapy Association Headquarters

Submitted by DAVIS Construction

Renovation/Restoration 

The Foundry

Submitted by Balfour Beatty

Renovation/Restoration 

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

Submitted by Smoot | Gilbane a Joint Venture

Residential/Hospitality

Anthology of King of Prussia

Submitted by Wohlsen Construction Co.

Residential/Hospitality

The Glenmere at The Village of Rockville

Submitted by Howard Shockey & Sons Inc.

Small Project (Under $10 million)

Post-Rockfall Geohazard Mitigation West Virginia University

Submitted by GeoStabilization International

Small Project (Under $10 million)

Hillel International – Hillel at The George Washington University, Gewirz Center

Consigli Construction Co. Inc.

Water/Environment

Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant Biosolids Addition

Submitted by HDR

DC International Public Charter School graduate Kasai Rogers earns Thaddeus Stevens School Scholarship

Imagine a building that has its own distinct identity, both in style and impact. In joint collaboration, Akridge, COPT, and Argos Group have developed a trophy property at 2100 L Street in Washington, D.C. with its own unique features, created to serve the specific needs of its Clients and amplify their employees’ workplace experience. More than that, the property aims to entrench itself as an integral part of the surrounding community in the Golden Triangle Business District, which is why the three developers are proud to support the Thaddeus Stevens Scholarship program.

The scholarship program pays homage to the historic Thaddeus Stevens School and its namesake, former U.S. congressman and anti-slavery activist Thaddeus Stevens. As part of the 2100 L project, Akridge, COPT, and Argos Group renovated the Thaddeus Stevens School, one of the first publicly funded schools for the education of black students in D.C. Over five years, $50,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded to five D.C. students – the most recent recipient is Kasai Rogers.

As a recent graduate of the DC International Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., Kasai began his freshman year at Morehouse University this fall. Despite starting college virtually, Kasai is proud to join the Morehouse family as a finance major with a minor in cinema, television, and emerging media studies. In addition, Kasai immediately got involved with extracurriculars by joining the Morehouse Business Association.

According to Kasai, he is extremely grateful for the Thaddeus Stevens Scholarship. It has allowed him to continue his education and helped alleviate some of the financial burden that attending college would have otherwise put on him and his family. The $10,000 scholarship reflects Akridge, COPT, and Argos Group’s commitment to the community and legacy of Thaddeus Stevens.

“When I leave Morehouse, I will be able to start my professional career or go to graduate school without feeling the burden of undergraduate loans,” added Kasai. “This scholarship has given me an advantage that I will use to give back. I feel proud to be able to say that I am a Thaddeus Stevens Scholarship recipient and have the chance to carry on his legacy of leadership and service.”

Kasai chose Morehouse College because of its strong history of developing successful black men who positively impact the world. He was also eager to attend a historically black college or university (HBCU), that would teach the significance of his own history and provide opportunities to create lifelong bonds with his peers.

Kasai is the third of five Thaddeus Stevens Scholarship recipients. To qualify, applicants must be a D.C. student interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time. Kasai was a stellar candidate; his high school accomplishments included joining the National Honor Society, serving on the DC Board of Education Student Advisory Committee, interning at the DC Chamber of Commerce, and leading his school’s varsity lacrosse team as a captain. Once awarded the Thaddeus Stevens Scholarship, Kasai became even more excited to form lifelong friendships at Morehouse College and to arm himself with the knowledge needed both to succeed and to give back to the community.

USGBC 2020 LEED Platinum Certification (Core and Shell)

Project Info

Size: 186,871 sq ft

Akridge is commited to providing high quality, socially responsible, and eco-friendly office spaces in metro DC and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. 2100 L Street NW is a 186,871 GSF, 10-story office tower located on the corner of 21st Street NW and K Street NW in Washington, DC, previously the site of the Humane Society of the United States headquarters. Constructed in collaboration with rehabilitation of the adjacent Stevens School, named for Congressman and noted abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens, the building boasts a host of amenities including landscaped rooftop terrace, penthouse lounge with adjacent conference center and catering kitchen, and a spa-quality fitness facility. Core building space provides ground floor retail shells and office lobby with private and open office spaces throughout the upper floors designed to accommodate over 650 employees. In keeping with the site’s humanitarian history and the ethos of the adjacent school, the site features a pocket park connecting the school and office buildings that features a statue of Stevens and an art gallery celebrating African American artists. These commitments naturally coalesced in the project’s achievement of LEED Core & Shell Platinum, exemplifying Akridge’s commitment to the triple bottom line of economic prosperity, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship.

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