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17xM’s Design Encourages Workers Back to the Office in Washington, D.C.

Axios’ local chapter explores the hospitality-focused features of the KPF-designed office building as a means to encourage in-person collaboration and activity downtown.

“The Future of Downtown D.C. Office Buildings is Stylish,” highlights 17xM, describing how the building “offers a look at what some developers are pursuing to lure workers back: Instagrammable design.” Through a geometric design that maximizes views and perimeter offices in the Downtown district, the building prioritizes wellness and amenities as key to bringing workers back to the office. Mark Carroll of Skanska, the building’s developer, told Axios, “tenants are looking for a more hospitality environment,” which is realized in a two-story green wall, a penthouse conference room, and private terraces.

After topping out last year, the building is slated for completion in the second quarter of 2024. It is currently over 50% leased with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is an anchor tenant and UBS signed on with a 12-year lease. It is the first office building in North America to be SmartScore certified, assigned by a program that identifies exceptional buildings that meet high standards of sustainability and are “fully future proof.”

Read the full article from Axios here.