May 8, 2019
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA MAC) recognized two of our projects at its yearly Premiere awards gala, held in downtown Washington D.C. For 24 consecutive years, this prestigious competition, judged by a team of lauded design professionals from around the country, has honored the best interior projects submitted by Washington, Northern Virginia, Baltimore, and Annapolis firms.
Our design for the Booz Allen Hamilton NexGen Center received the Award of Merit in the 20,000 – 30,000 square foot category. Located in Washington, D.C. and adjacent to both the OTJ designed Innovation Center and C Suite, this urbane project represents the culmination of a years-long strategic and collaborative effort between the client’s real estate team and our firm. In addition, the design upends the stereotype of a government contractor’s workplace to reflect the evolution of the Booz Allen brand while maximizing real estate value through increased density and flexibility.
Driven by the mandate to create a buzz, the design of the new FiscalNote headquarters was also recognized at the gala with an Award of Merit in the 30,000 – 60,000 square foot category. The new workplace transitions nearly all employees to an open benching system with special consideration paid to visual connectivity. The design incorporates glass throughout to maximize sightlines and daylight penetration and features a striking raised wooden terrace concept that serves as a natural accent to the open layout while inviting staff to exchange ideas in an informal setting. Lastly, prime real estate was allocated to a contemporary, tech-enabled employee lounge. This amenity, with views to the U.S. Capitol, is the physical embodiment of a corporate philosophy that celebrates people as any organization’s greatest asset.
Lance Jaccard, OTJ Managing Partner, remarked: “We’re thrilled to see two of our designs honored by our industry peers. We were privileged to work with exceptional clients who, like us, were eager to ask hard questions, push boundaries, and ultimately create spaces that inspire by looking to the future of the built environment.” This year’s IIDA MAC awards competition drew an exceptional number of superlative entries with projects ranging from less than 10,000 to over 100,000 square feet.
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