Sophisticated Renovations for Amenity Spaces in the District

Renovations for The RMR Group’s amenity spaces at 1211 Connecticut Avenue included extensive Lobby improvements, a new Conference space for their tenants and a new Fitness Center, upgraded in a modern and sophisticated style. The reception and security desk in the Lobby was shifted closer to the building’s main entry doors, while still allowing tenants to also enter through the opposite end closer to the elevators. A dated art installation at the elevator bank was replaced with a cluster of pendant lights, which adds interest as well as better lighting for the space. An elegant lounge area was also created to fully define the space and provide more seating.

For the shared Conference space on the 2nd floor, one main challenge was to make the assembly spaces code compliant for egress. The finished concept was designed using a Razortooth Design panel to provide some privacy while allowing adequate openings on either side for egress. A pre-function area that doubles as a tenant lounge was also created, as well as a private restroom for these areas.

To fulfill the client’s wish for a Fitness Center with a boutique hotel feel, we incorporated upgraded finishes throughout, including wood-look ceiling details for warmth and color-changing LED lights in the Yoga studio for a unique and interesting feature. The Fitness Center achieved some impressive “wow-factor” though a custom light-box installation. Including this feature compensated for the lack of natural light in the space while also creating the illusion of a large window facing the outside. For this unique element, we selected a picturesque view of the bike path along the Potomac to highlight this popular attraction of Washington DC.