George Washington University Selects Skanska USA to Develop Square 75A
- May 23, 2014
By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor
Square 75A, the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, will be the new home of a trophy office building. George Washington University has selected Skanska USA Commercial Development Inc. to construct the project.
The 25,000-square-foot site is located just five blocks from the White House and one block from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metrorail Station, close to the neighborhood’s numerous retail amenities. It is currently occupied by six row houses and the 2100 West office building. However, Square 75A is fully entitled with an approved PUD for a 250,000-square-foot Class A office building, with about 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The new building will be LEED Gold certified. It will feature a glass curtain wall overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, offering its tenants great views of the Washington Monument, Washington National Cathedral and U.S. Capitol Building.
Skanska USA has signed a ground lease with George Washington University for the site. Although it is not the only developer, it will self-finance the project and also serve as the general contractor. San Francisco-based Gensler is the project’s architect. A date for the groundbreaking has not been announced yet.
“The opportunity to bring a new development to Pennsylvania Avenue doesn’t come along very often. We are not only excited to bring something new, modern and sustainable to this neighborhood but to fill in one of the last remaining development sites in the CBD,” Robert Ward, executive vice president & regional manager of Skanska USA Commercial Development in Washington, D.C., said in a statement for the press. “As we kick off the beginning stages of this process, we look forward to working with the University and the Foggy Bottom neighborhood to ensure our development brings value to this growing D.C. community.”
“The George Washington University is pleased to have forged this relationship with Skanska for the development of Square 75A,” said Lou Katz, executive vice president & treasurer of the university. “We are certain that Skanska will deliver a world-class office building at the edge of our campus on Pennsylvania Avenue. We look forward to working with Skanska toward a full realization of this new enhancement for the university, the neighborhood and the city as a whole.”
Photo credit: George Washington University