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RTKL Associates | RTKL DC Office, 2101 L Street

Interiors © RTKL.com / Anne Chan

To identify the qualities of the workplace that supported the firm’s culture, workplace anthropologists observed RTKL’s working habits while the design team engaged employees in on-line surveys, focus group sessions, and numerous town hall meetings.

The findings ultimately helped inform the design of the new space. An open work plan, touchdown spaces, extensive WiFi, state-of-the-art conferencing space and in-board offices, all foster an environment that is more about teaming and partnerships than a traditional corporate hierarchy.

© RTKL.com / Anne Chan

© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol

Ninety percent of the office has access to natural light while other areas use borrowed light. Energy efficient light fixtures, occupancy sensors, regionally manufactured materials, materials with high-recycled content and low VOC, reused furnishings, low-flow water fixtures, and improved indoor air quality demonstrate good environmental stewardship at every turn.

© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol

Conference facilities with video-teleconferencing capabilities facilitate inter-office collaboration while AV-enhanced design labs on each floor allow for more interactive charettes.

Amenities such as an outdoor terrace, game area and in-building fitness center further contribute to a healthy work-life balance.

© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol

Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Architect: RTKL Associates
VP-in-Charge: Kim Heartwell
Client: Vornado Charles E. Smith
Completion Date: January 1, 2009
Photographer: Anne Chan, Paul Warchol

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