Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Preview Reception at Constitution Center

As I was walking to the L'Enfant Plaza Metro last night, I noticed there was a preview party being held at Constitution Center, and earlier today, Real Estate Bisnow reported on the reception. The Bisnow article has a photo of the 1-acre central courtyard, which has plenty of vegetation and a water feature. While no tenants have been signed yet, the article states that the auditorium space will be meet SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities) standards, which means construction standards are so strict that both houses of Congress could meet there and get top security briefings. It's more than likely that a government tenant will eventually take the space, but the question is...which one?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any word on when the sidewalk on the 7th St side will open up?

SWill said...

I haven't heard anything yet. Workers are still putting up the building facade on the 7th Street side. Also, I noticed last weekend that the median on 7th Street was being replaced.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I'm just looking forward to not having to cross 7th St twice on each trip to and from work.

Anonymous said...

Any word on retail?

Retail amenities, includign some available to the general public, should be a big boost in attracting quality tenants, and for the neighborhood.

Has any thought been given to a non-office tenant, such as hotel or residential, for one of the four sections? I understand that the building was designed to accomodate one large tenant for the entire square block, or several less massive tenants, each with separate entrances.

SWill said...

Anonymous #3: There is no retail planned at Constitution Center. There are only two entrances to the complex from the street - a public entrance on 7th Street and a tenant-only entrance on D Street. However, there are entrances in each of the four wings from the parking garage. I think it would take a big change in the developer's plans to make one of the wings a non-office use (i.e. residential or hotel) so that prospect is highly unlikely.