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Dupont Circle groundbreaking begins for YMCA-office conversion

The new building will be glassier and more eco-friendly

By the summer of 2018, Washington, D.C. will have a brand new trophy office building, located just south of Dupont Circle. Groundbreaking recently began for the former YMCA, named 1701 Rhode Island Avenue NW.

D.C.-based developer Akridge and their partner Alcion Ventures LP hope to redevelop the property so that all four sides of the 100,000-square-foot development will be replaced with glass, masonry, and sculptural metal. The swimming pool inside will also be converted into a two-level, below-grade parking garage. There will also be a two-story lobby, fitness center, and landscaped rooftop terrace, according to the Washington Business Journal.

In front of the building, the mostly paved surface will be redeveloped with a series of raised geometrically-shaped planters and decorative paving. The developer hopes to achieve LEED Gold certification.

The designs for the c. 1970-constructed building were created by D.C.-based Hickok Cole Architects. The structure has been vacant since the YMCA closed in December 2015.

Previously, the building was referred to as 1711 Rhode Island Avenue NW.

YMCA Building Near Dupont Circle to Become Trophy Office Building [Curbed DC]

Here's what Akridge has planned for the shuttered YMCA building near Dupont Circle [Washington Business Journal]