The scope of building repositioning can vary greatly but predominantly consists of modernizing lobbies and common areas, façade replacements, adding amenity space, and upgrading mechanical systems, making these older buildings more desirable and differentiating them from others, which in turn attracts higher-paying tenants.
The 1401 H Street, NW building project, the repositioning of a fully occupied building, consisted of renovations to the lobby, build-out of a new fitness center, MEP upgrades, infrastructure upgrades including an elevator extension to the penthouse, and the creation of a 7,000-sq.-ft. handicap accessible rooftop entertainment space. A new lobby entrance was also constructed, including curtainwall entrance vestibules and revolving door assembly.
DPR added a coffee bar area in the back lobby and created a new courtyard space, including a self-contained feature green-wall, installed by DPR’s self-perform crews. Finishes, fixtures, and accessories were updated along the building corridors leading to the main elevator lobbies, within the elevator cabs, and the lobby restrooms.
A logistically complex project, DPR had to institute an extensive tenant logistics plan, consisting of a moveable and wrapped scaffolding system. In addition, due to the building occupancy, demolition work within the building had to be performed off-hours.