CSIS

Washington, DC
Overview

HITT completed the construction of the new 130,000 sf build-to-suit headquarters building and 50,000 sf parking garage for the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). The complex features nine-stories of above-grade office space, a below-grade concourse and three levels of below-grade parking. Beyond its dynamic stone and glass façade, the facility boasts a multi-story entry lobby that connects three levels of state-of-the-art conferencing facilities and world-class office space for CSIS scholars and staff. Set in one of DC’s most well-known quadrants for embassies and university satellite campuses, the new facility achieves CSIS’ vision for the building to be a premier destination for global dialogue and the development of strategic insights.

From the asymmetrical exterior to the modern, highly flexible office interiors, the building’s form responds to both the functions of CSIS and its prominent location within L’Enfant’s urban plan. The architect developed a dramatic design solution that acknowledges CSIS’ position as a forward-thinking, bipartisan think tank that prepares far-reaching solutions for the most important global issues. To bring this vision to life, construction required sheeting and shoring of excavation and installation of post-tension above grade slabs, core and shell building construction and a full building interior fit-out.

One feature of the project is a custom, LED-lit sculptural installation commissioned by CSIS. Designed by SoSo Limited of Boston, the light fixture depicts a map of the world and lights up in response to real time activities around the globe. HITT worked closely with the design team to ensure that the building’s infrastructure supports the interactive art installation. 

Project Highlights
  • LEED Platinum certification 
  • 2014 ABC Excellence in Construction Award

  • 2014 WBC Craftsmanship Awards for Interior Stone / Marble and Exterior Stone

  • 2015 International Interior Design Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter (IIDA MAC) Design Award of Merit

  • 2015 AIA Northern Virginia Design Award

  • 2016 Built By Women DC Award Winner, Institutional Category