May 16, 2020

Clark Construction targets LEED Platinum for 10-Storey Office Building In Washington, DC

US Construction
Clark Construction
2 min
Massachusetts Avenue
Square 452, LLC, a partnership of Gould Property Company and Oxford Properties Group, has awarded Clark a contract for the 600 Massachusetts Avenue proj...

Square 452, LLC, a partnership of Gould Property Company and Oxford Properties Group, has awarded Clark a contract for the 600 Massachusetts Avenue project located between 6th and 7th Streets along Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Clark will construct the core and shell of the 400,000 square-foot rentable office building complete with a concourse level and three below-grade levels of parking. Designed by CORE, the 10-storey building will be clad in curtain wall glazing, composite metal panels, brick veneer, and a stone façade.

The building will feature Class-A office space, a two-story glass atrium in the lobby with stone flooring, and a four-story atrium from the second floor ascending to the fifth floor. The primary roof will incorporate green spaces with planters and heavy vegetation, and offer views of the Capitol and the Washington Monument. In addition, the building features six significant terraces throughout.

In addition to constructing the building, Clark also will renovate a previously relocated historical townhouse, which is currently on site. Renovations will include the restoration of the existing masonry exterior walls, and the installation of wood windows and doors, roofing, and base-building mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

600 Massachusetts is designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification. This brownfield development will contain several sustainable elements, including two rainwater cisterns that will collect over 93,000 gallons of water for reuse. Clark also will utilise locally-sourced materials during construction and will manage an intensive recycling program.

Clark is self-performing the excavation and support of excavation for the project.

Construction is underway and substantial completion is scheduled for Summer 2016.


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Jun 24, 2021

Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project

Dominic Ellis
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Skanska plans to build a 28-floor office tower in Houston as its London office receives WELL Platinum sustainability ranking and drone trials are underway

Skanska is investing US$225m in an office development project, 1550 on the Green in Houston, with construction expected to begin in June and scheduled to be completed in 2024.

The construction contract is worth US$125M, which will be included in the Q2 order bookings. International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has signed a 15-year lease for about 30 percent of the building.

Located at 1550 Lamar Street, adjacent to Discovery Green, in downtown Houston, Skanska plans to develop and build a 28-floor, 34,800 square meter office tower.

1550 on the Green will be the first part of a three-block master plan by Skanska, which will transform the parcels into a distinguished district known as Discovery West and consist of 3.5 acres of mixed-use development full of restaurants, retail and lush green space. The project will target LEED and WiredScore Platinum certifications.

Since 2009, Skanska has invested a total of US$2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects, creating more than 1 million square meters of sustainable and community focused developments in select U.S. markets. Skanska USA had sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 with 7,600 employees in its operations.

Skanska’s flagship London office has set the standard in sustainable workspaces by becoming the first in the UK to achieve WELL Platinum under the new v2 pilot scheme.

The accreditation from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was awarded through the v2 pilot, the newest version of the WELL Building Standard. It looks at all building features and management processes – from air and water quality to lighting, acoustics, nutrition, thermal comfort and mental wellbeing. It’s widely recognised as the industry yardstick for measuring how workspaces can contribute to the wellbeing of occupants.

The offices – which span three floors of the newly developed 51 Moorgate – contain floor-to-ceiling windows for extensive natural light, dedicated wellbeing and quiet spaces, as well as stringent air and water quality monitoring, among a range of other features that have helped earn the standard.

The company has also been exploring drone flights for use in industrial environments.

Peter Cater, Development Manager, said it was invited to carry out trials because of its use and knowledge of drone capability. "The trials have benefited everyone involved: get to test their equipment and remote use of the drones and we get access to accurate, real-time data on our construction activities which benefits us and our customer, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."

“Projects like this – at the forefront of innovation – go to show what an exciting industry construction is to be involved in. We are always looking for innovative ways of working, ways to be more sustainable so we can find better solutions for our customers. These trials are just one small part of our digital transformation journey.”

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