Back in 2019, when Columbia Property Trust was mulling how to increase the height of its existing 90-ft, seven-story, concrete-framed office building at 80 M St. SE in Washington, D.C., it chose a mass timber frame over a steel frame for an addition atop the oldest high-rise in the Navy Yard neighborhood. That was a ground-breaking choice. It would mean that the facility would be D.C.’s first mass timber commercial office building.
When Columbia Property Trust Inc. wanted to expand an office building in the Navy Yard submarket in Washington, D.C., the REIT was keen to generate excitement for the property and demonstrate its commitment to sustainability. The company turned to one of the world's oldest building materials—wood—to achieve both.
Globally, the number of new mass timber buildings will double every two years, reaching 24,000 by 2034, according to the 2020 North American Mass Timber report issued by the Forest Business Network. Should this turn out to be true, by 2034, the North American building industry will also store more carbon than it emits.
The use of mass timber in U.S. commercial real estate has been growing rapidly over the past six years, spurred by official recognition of its safety and strength. Corporate leaders have also come under increasing pressure to make environmentally friendly business choices, leading to an uptick in new mass timber developments, which have a lower impact on the environment than using concrete or steel.
Columbia Property Trust has announced the topping off of 80 M Street’s three-floor mass timber vertical expansion. The project will add 105,000 square feet boutique-style space atop Columbia’s existing Capitol Riverfront office building. Once completed in 2022, it will become D.C.’s first commercial offices to rely primarily on mass timber and glass.
Once completed in 2022, it will become D.C.’s first commercial offices to rely primarily on mass timber and glass, as well as the first overbuild in the nation to utilize mass timber as its main design element.
Executives from Columbia Property Trust were joined on April 22 by general contractor DAVIS Construction, architecture and design firm Hickok Cole, construction firm Katerra, and a group of trade partners to celebrate the official topping out of 80 M Street’s three-floor mass timber vertical expansion.
Columbia Property Trust has announced plans for an extensive transformation of the entrance, lobby, and amenity offerings at 80 M Street, its Washington D.C. office building.
The CREBA Awards ceremony, typically a huge event where D.C.'s commercial real estate industry comes together to celebrate the year's best performers, was held virtually last week for the second consecutive year.
Columbia Property Trust (CXP) is embarking on a series of renovations at 80 M Street, a 286,000-square-foot office building in Washington, D.C.
Think Wood released a full profile of the timber overbuild project at 80 M Street and how it provides a valuable differentiator for the property. Interviews from multiple key contributors to the project highlight the collaborative nature of the teams involved and how special the project is to them.
ABC-WJLA was onsite in March for the delivery of the large CLT timber beams that will form the new glass and timber expansion space at 80 M Street. The ABC affiliate interviewed several key contributors to the project, including Jesse Stephens, project manager for Columbia.
Press Release: Columbia is commencing construction at 80 M Street of an expansion space that will consist of two new floors and a habitable penthouse to be built atop the existing 286,000 square-foot building located in the Capitol Riverfront District of Washington, D.C.
Bisnow: The pandemic has created a host of challenges for the office market, but it has also allowed one D.C. developer to move forward on a redevelopment faster than initially projected.
Civil & Structural Engineer: It’s no secret that buildings are a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions, but the design community have taken measures to reduce the industry’s impact on climate change. Enter: the resurgence of wood construction.
WTOP News: Heavy timber hasn’t been used as a major new office building construction material in D.C. for a century, but a shiny glass and brick office building at Capitol Riverfront will get two additional stories constructed of environmentally-friendly mass timber.
Commercial Observer: Columbia is plotting a 105,000 sf vertical expansion at 80 M Street in the Capitol Riverfront District and has already pre-leased about half of the new space. The expansion will become the first property in the area to utilize mass timber in a commercial office setting.
Washington Business Journal: The American Trucking Associations Inc. is hitting the road again, but this time, it has chosen wood over concrete and steel. The largest trade association representing the trucking industry has signed a pre-lease for 60,000 square feet atop 80 M Street.