Best-in-Class New Workplace Features Contemporary Amenities and Hospitality-Driven Spaces
Washington, D.C. – Cushman & Wakefield announced today that the real estate services firm has signed a long-term lease renewal for its Washington, D.C., office at 2101 L Street. The company has relocated to the fifth floor, occupying more than 38,000 square feet.
Cushman & Wakefield’s Kurt Richter and Sally Wills played an instrumental role in lease negotiations alongside the firm’s D.C.-based workplace strategies, consulting, capital markets, asset services and agency leasing professionals. JBG SMITH is the building owner and operator.
Cushman & Wakefield retained Gensler Design Lab for preliminary programming and HGA’s Workplace Team of interior architects and designers, lighting designers, MEP engineers and hardware specialists who worked in coordination with Cushman & Wakefield’s workplace innovation and change management experts, including Antonia Cardone, Gary Helminski and Adrian Conforti, to design the new office space. Incorporating Cushman & Wakefield’s award-winning workplace guidelines, the vision for the new office was driven by experience, with a multitude of environments to enable work across physical and virtual realities while providing a place that employees want to come to work, collaborate, learn and succeed.
“Throughout our workplace discovery process, we focused heavily on defining and integrating our business strategy, talent aspirations, client experience and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives with our post-pandemic workplace ecosystem,” said Roberta Liss, President of the East Region. “With human connection and interaction at the forefront of our design plan, we wanted our office to offer our employees and clients a welcoming and attractive workplace experience that weaves together the best in workplace design and technology solutions with an abundance of collaborative and social space. Our flexible and agile workplace design and development was adopted from our own award-winning thought leadership and research and enables inclusiveness and collaboration with all our experts. Created with data-driven and tech-enabled design, our new workplace will serve as a living lab for our clients who depend on our experts for our leading advisory services.”
The office features a hospitality-driven, client-facing reception area, called the Arena, and offers amenities including a lounge with a full pantry and a game room for employees. Situated on each side of the Arena are spaces dedicated to collaborating and socializing. The workplace offers a diverse range of reservable spaces to meet the needs of privacy, collaboration and wellness, as well as targeted areas that are able to transform to support different office modes, from heads-down to happy hour. The Arena and other central hubs throughout the space will draw employees and visitors in to connect.
“The abundant data collected from our research showed us that employees desire more cross-pollination, both to improve company culture and create new business opportunities that leverage Cushman & Wakefield’s entire platform. Our incredible workplace innovation and change management experts thoughtfully considered how proximity, pathways, acoustics, events and intersections can encourage an inclusive culture and facilitate new thinking through connections across all of our professionals,” added Liss.
“JBG SMITH is a first-rate operator and we are thrilled to remain at 2101 L Street. The building is well-located, outfitted with great amenities and proximate to food, hospitality and entertainment options that are important to our people and our clients. We are committed to providing a leading-edge and dynamic workplace for the benefit of all of our team members and our new office environment allows us to do just that,” added Ryan Miller, Managing Principal of D.C., Cushman & Wakefield.
Building amenities include a private courtyard, rooftop terrace with a conference center and catering kitchen, state-of-the-art fitness center, concierge services and 24-hour on-site security, as well as retailers including Bourbon Coffee, Bright Horizon's Daycare, Citibank and Soi 38.
“JBG SMITH is grateful for our long-standing relationship with Cushman & Wakefield both as a strategic advisor to us on many important assignments as well as their continued long-term commitment to 2101 L Street,” said David Ritchey, EVP of JBG SMITH. “The firm’s decision to remain at 2101 L Street for their next generation workplace is a great honor to JBG SMITH and a testament to the building’s strategic location, modern design and world-class amenities.”
Located at the intersection of 21st and L Streets NW, 2101 L Street is home to some of Washington's most prestigious companies. The Class A building offers direct access to major interstates and is readily accessible via the Foggy Bottom Metro.
“Given our highly interactive approach, Cushman & Wakefield was our partner and remained at the center of the design process,” said Bruno Grinwis, Principal, and Emily Jelinek, Project Designer, HGA. “We delivered an exceptional space that encourages social interaction, collaboration and relationship building, while offering workplace functionality and efficiency.”
Photos of the office can be downloaded here, courtesy of HGA, ©Judy Davis, Architectural Photographer.