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Groundbreaking begins for Downtown D.C. project set to raze two Brutalist buildings for one trophy office building

The planned rooftop terrace will have views of the White House

The buildings currently standing at 1101 and 1111 16th Street NW.
Photo via Google Street View

Two Brutalist buildings in D.C.’s Downtown neighborhood are going to be transformed into a single office building.

The properties, located at 1101 and 1111 16th Street NW, are the former homes of the American Association of University Women and the American Beverage Association. Once complete, the 100,000-square-foot office building will offer amenities like a fitness center and rooftop terrace.

The delivery is slated for the fall of 2018, according to Bisnow. When the project was first announced in September 2015, the delivery was originally expected in 2017. The architect behind this project is HOK.

This is not the only Downtown Brutalist office building expected to undergo a transformation. By 2019, the nearly 50-year-old Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) building, located at 888 16th Street NW, will become a glassy, 150,000-square-foot trophy office building.

The last time Akridge broke ground on a project in Downtown was March 2017. That project, located at 1701 Rhode Island Avenue NW, is set to build a trophy office building in a former YMCA that closed in December 2015. The delivery is expected by the summer of 2018.

Akridge Begins Construction On 100K SF Downtown D.C. Spec Office Project [Bisnow]

Dupont Circle groundbreaking begins for YMCA-office conversion [Curbed DC]

[UPDATE: A previous version of this article said that the two current buildings were going to be fused into one. Instead, they will be demolished to make way for a new building.]