Square 54/The Avenue & 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue Construction Updates

"The Avenue"/ Square 54 - October 19, 2011:  All construction is substantially complete. Burger, Tap, and Shake and District Commons opened in late September, marking the completion of construction for the two remaining retail tenant spaces.  The community is enjoying the newest grocery store, Whole Foods and, with most retail tenants having only been open for a couple of months, they are already a staple in the Foggy Bottom community.   Upcoming streetscape changes and DC's installation of traffic light at 22nd and Eye - these are the last bits of this puzzle -- Until the initiation of these activities, there will be no further updates to this section.  In the mean time please direct any questions or comments to [email protected]

“The Avenue”/May 17, 2011:  Sidewalks on 23rd and Eye Streets have been opened. Construction of the remainder of the commercial office tenant spaces and retail tenant spaces throughout the development continues and is progressing well. Initial move-in of residential tenants began May 15, 2011 and the leasing office continues to actively solicit tenants for the residential units. With nearly 100% of commercial space leased, tenants will continue to move into The Avenue in coming weeks with most being on site by July.

Square 54 – “The Avenue”/April 30, 2011: Project developer Boston Properties hosted a neighborhood tour and reception catered by Devon & Blakely for more than 40 Foggy Bottom and West End residents this morning. Participants saw the completed roof deck of the commercial component (including its green roof areas) and, in the residential component, both a model residential unit and its roof deck.  Construction of the remainder of the commercial office tenant spaces and retail tenant spaces throughout the development continues and is progressing well. Sitework and exterior sidewalks adjacent to the project are anticipated for completion before the May 15, 2011 initial move-in of residential apartment tenants. The leasing office is open and actively soliciting tenants for the residential units.  Initial offers related to the affordable and workforce housing components of the residences are now underway.

Square 54 – “The Avenue”/April 4, 2011: Danaher Corporation moved into 2200 Pennsylvania in March and Ares Capital Corporation is slated to move-in this month followed by the the law firm of Vinson & Elkins in May. Devon & Blakely will be the first retail tenant to open in mid-April 2011. Construction of the remainder of the commercial office tenant spaces and retail tenant spaces throughout the development continues and is progressing well. Progress continues to be made on completing the sitework and exterior sidewalks adjacent to the project, proceeding south toward Eye Street. In the residential component, work continues on sitework, metal panels at the exterior façade, and finishes within the interior units. Move-ins for the apartment residents is anticipated for May 2011.

Square 54 – “The Avenue”/February 4, 2011: Danaher Corporation is anticipated to be the Avenue’s first commercial tenant to open in early March.  Devon & Blakely will likely be the first retail tenant to open, anticipated for late March/early April. The sidewalk along the Washington Circle frontage of the project has re-opened and exterior sitework continues progressing south, including installation of street trees and pavers. Tenant construction continues for retailers and office tenant. In the residential component, work continues on sitework, metal panels at the exterior façade, and finishes within the interior units.

Square 54 – “The Avenue”/January 11, 2011: In the commercial component, exterior sitework is continuing along all sides of the project. Street trees and pavers are starting to be installed. Also, tenant construction continues for retailers and office tenants in the commercial component. In the residential component, Installation of the retail storefronts is also underway and retail tenant work is targeted to commence in early 2011.

Square 54 – “The Avenue”/December 8, 2010: In the commercial component, exterior sitework has begun on the project’s north side along Washington Circle and Pennsylvania Avenue. Also, tenant construction continues for retailers and office tenants in the commercial component. In the residential component, Floors 11 and 12 metal panel installations will begin this month and work continues on unit finishes (cabinetry, granite countertops, appliances, etc.). Installation of the retail storefronts is also underway and retail tenant work is targeted to commence in early 2011. Barring any additional updates or notices, the next project update will be posted to this page during the week of January 3, 2011.

Square 54 – “The Avenue”/November 23, 2010: Tenant construction is underway for some of the retailers and office tenants in the commercial component. In the residential component, work continues on unit finishes (cabinetry, granite countertops, appliances, etc.). Installation of the retail storefronts is also underway and retail tenant work is targeted to commence in early 2011.

Square 54 – “The Avenue”/November 2, 2010: Pre-leasing efforts of residential units is likely to begin in February 2011 with the first units delivering in May. In the commercial component of the project, a lease was finalized with Passion Foods for approximately 10,000 SF of restaurant space located along Washington Circle. Passion Foods is the operator of several local eateries (DC Coast, TenPenh, Ceiba, Acadiana, and Passion Fish) and is planning to unveil two concepts for this space. Boston Properties continues negotiating leases for over 50,000 square feet of office space -- additional details will be posted here as made available.

Square 54 – “The Avenue”/October 20, 2010:A lease was executed this month for "Circa at Foggy Bottom" (a local, American style bistro) which will occupy the last remaining retail space in the residential component. Pre-leasing efforts of residential units is likely to begin in February 2011 with the first units delivering in May.

In the commercial component of the project: Boston Properties is close to finalizing a lease for approximately 10,000 SF of restaurant space located along Washington Circle within the office component. The restaurant group is planning to unveil two concepts for this space. Additionally, Boston Properties is negotiating leases for over 50,000 square feet of office space. Stay tuned for more details in the near future.

Square 54 – “The Avenue”/September 22, 2010: Project developer Boston Properties has developed a website for additional information of residential units at The Avenue. New leases confirmed in the retail area of the residential component include Roti (Mediterranean-themed eatery), Sweetgreen (fast-casual salad and frozen yogurt restaurant) and Citibank. Previous leases in the commercial component include Hunton & Williams law firm, Vinson & Elkins law firm and Danaher manufacturing/technology firm. Previous retail leases include NIH Federal Credit Union, Devon & Blakely gourmet deli and Whole Foods Grocery.

Square 54 - "The Avenue"/August 25, 2010: Leases confirmed this summer include Vinson & Elkins law firm and Danaher manufacturing/technology firm in the commercial building component and NIH Federal Credit Union and Devon & Blakely gourmet deli in the project's retail areas as well as Whole Foods Grocery (noted in previous update). Also, signage was installed announcing the project's new name, The Avenue.

Square 54/July 20, 2010: Work continues on all parts of the project including installation of interior walls and restroom finishes in commercial component and framing of residential units on floors 2, 3 in residential component. The residential brick installation is now complete with window installation underway. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing continues throughout the project.

Square 54/July 2, 2010: Work continues on all parts of the project. Installation of courtyard trees occurred and work has begun on the fountain. Installation of interior wall stone of the commercial component’s lobby has begun and framing of residential units has begun on floors 2,3. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing work continues throughout the project.

Square 54/June 24, 2010: The installation of the curtain wall units on the office component façade is approximately 95% complete. Brick installation on the residential components of the project has proceeded to the 9th floor with window installation is approximately 20% complete. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing work continues throughout the project.

Square 54/May 31, 2010: Clark has re-scheduled the tower crane located in the southwest corner of the site originally scheduled to be demobilized Friday/Saturday, June 4 and 5, 2010 until Friday/Saturday, June 18 and 19. Additional information regarding any temporary lane closures during this process will be shared as it is available.

Square 54/May 19, 2010: Clark has scheduled the tower crane located in the southeast corner of the site to be demobilized this Friday and Saturday, May 21 and 22, 2010. An additional lane on 22nd Street may be temporarily closed between 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Friday but through traffic will continue. The tower crane in the southwest corner of the site will be removed two weeks later on Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5, 2010 and additional information on this process will be shared as it is available.

Square 54/May 12, 2010:  The installation of the curtain wall units on the office component façade is approximately 65% complete. The steel for the two-story lobby that adjoins the two residential buildings has been set and the concrete floor of the 2nd floor lobby has been poured. Brick installation has proceeded to the 4th floor of the building and window installation will begin in earnest in early June. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing work continues throughout the project.

April 14, 2010: The installation of curtain wall units on the office component's façade is approximately 35% complete. The steel for the two-story lobby that adjoins the two residential buildings has also been set. Exterior brick/window installation continues on the residential component. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing work continues throughout the project.

April 7, 2010: The residential component has “topped out” and exterior brick/window installation has begun. Installation continues of curtain wall units on office component's façade as well as exterior studs and sheathing. Mechanical, electrical, plumbing work continues throughout the project.

March 24, 2010: Installation continues of the curtain wall units on office component's facade and mechanical, electrical, plumbing work continues on each floor. The residential component will officially “top out” in coming weeks and brick/window placement will begin in the next week. Exterior studs and sheathing continues.

March 17, 2010: The office component has officially “topped out”. Installation of the curtain wall units that create the building’s façade is continuing. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work is also taking place on each floor. The residential component will officially “top out” in a couple of weeks. Exterior studs and sheathing is currently underway. Brick and window placement will begin within the next few weeks.

February 24, 2010: Installation of curtain wall has begun on the ground floor of the project’s office component. Concrete work on the building's above grade structure continues and is anticipated for completion for 2010.

February 17, 2010: Concrete work on the building's above grade structure continues. A new covered sidewalk is being installed on the site’s southern side along the north side of Eye Street is complete.

February 3, 2010: Concrete work on the building's above grade structure continues. A new covered sidewalk is being installed on the site’s southern side along the north side of Eye Street and is anticipated for completion later next week.

January, 2010: Concrete work on the building's above grade structure continues.

November 25 and December 2 & 9 & 16, 2009: Concrete work on the building's above grade structure continues. Unless otherwise needed, the next update will be posted the week of January 4, 2010.

November 18, 2009: Concrete work on the building's above grade structure continues. Utility work along 22nd Street, NW adjacent to the project site (between I Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) is nearly complete and the additional lane of traffic has been re-opened. Potential short term closures of this traffic lane are still possible until the majority of the utility tie-in work is complete in the near future.

Square 54/November 13, 2009: Clark Construction anticipates installation of the PEPCO Transformer and Bus Vaults on Saturday November 14. The staging for this work is expected to temporarily close vehicular traffic lanes on 22nd Street adjacent to the project site (between I Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). Project officials will coordinate traffic flows per a traffic control plan to be approved by the DC Government.

Square 54/November 4, 2009: Concrete work on the building's above grade structure continues. An additional lane of 22nd Street adjacent to the project site (between I Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) will continue to be closed workdays (Monday to Saturday) between the hours of 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to accommodate utility work.

Square 54/October 28, 2009: Clark Construction is in the permitting process for installation this weekend of steel framing in the project's courtyard. The staging for this installation is expected to temporarily reduce vehicular traffic lanes on 23rd Street adjacent to the project site (between I Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). Project officials will coordinate traffic flows per a traffic control plan approved by the DC Government which will facilitate continuation of two-way traffic. Additional details will be posted here as they become available. Concrete work on the building's above grade structure continues. An additional lane of 22nd Street adjacent to the project site (between I Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) will continue to be closed workdays (Monday to Saturday) between the hours of 9:30 am-3:30 pm to accommodate utility work.

Square 54/October 7, 14 & 21, 2009: Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure is complete and above grade structure is in progress. An additional lane of 22nd Street adjacent to the project site (between I Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) will continue to be closed workdays (Monday to Saturday) between the hours of 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to accommodate utility work.

Square 54/September 16, 23, 30, 2009: Concrete work on the building's below grade garage has reached grade level. An additional lane of 22nd Street adjacent to the project site (between I Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) will be continue to be closed on workdays (Monday to Saturday) between the hours of 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to accommodate utility work.

Square 54/September 2 & 9, 2009: Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure has reached grade level at various locations on the site. An additional lane of 22nd Street adjacent to the project site (between I Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) will be continue to be closed on workdays (Monday to Saturday) between the hours of 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to accommodate utility work.

Square 54/August 25, 2009: An additional lane of 22nd Street adjacent to the project site (between I Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) will be closed on workdays (Monday to Saturday) through September between the hours of 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to accommodate utility work. Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure will soon reach grade level. The covered sidewalk on the north side of the site (Pennsylvania Avenue/Washington Circle) was installed last week.

Square 54/August 12, 2009: Per the August 5, 2009 update below, an additional lane of 22nd Street adjacent to the project site (between I Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) will be closed on workdays (Monday to Saturday) between the hours of 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to accommodate utility work. Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure continues and will soon reach grade level. A new covered sidewalk will be installed on the north side of the site (Pennsylvania Avenue/Washington Circle) later this summer.

Square 54/August 5, 2009: Beginning Friday August 7, an additional lane of 22nd Street adjacent to the project site (between I Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) will be closed on workdays (Monday to Saturday) between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This change will accommodate utility work which will continue for five to six weeks and this site will post regular updates as to additional anticipated impacts on traffic. Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure continues and will soon reach grade level. A new covered sidewalk will be installed on the north side of the site (Pennsylvania Avenue/Washington Circle) later this summer.

Square 54/July 29, 2009: Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure continues and will soon reach grade level. A new covered sidewalk will be installed on the north side of the site (Pennsylvania Avenue/Washington Circle) later this summer.

Square 54/July 22, 2009: Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure continues. A new covered sidewalk will be installed on the north side of the site (Pennsylvania Avenue/Washington Circle) later this summer.

Square 54/July 8, 2009: Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure continues. A new covered sidewalk will be installed on the north side of the site (Pennsylvania Avenue/Washington Circle) later this summer.

Square 54/July 1, 2009: Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure continues. A new covered sidewalk will be installed on the north side of the site (Pennsylvania Avenue/Washington Circle) later this summer.

Square 54/June 17, 2009: Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure continues. A new covered sidewalk will be installed on the north side of the site (Pennsylvania Avenue/Washington Circle) later this summer.

Square 54/June 10, 2009: Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure continues.

Square 54/June 3, 2009: Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure continues.

Square 54/May 27, 2009: Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure continues.

Square 54/May 20, 2009: Concrete work on the building's below grade garage structure continues.

Square 54/May 13, 2009: Concrete work on the building's foundation and the below grade garage structure continues.

Square 54/May 5, 2009: Clark Construction completed installation of the project's third and fourth tower cranes April 25/26. Concrete work continues at the site on the building's foundation and the below grade garage structure.

Square 54/April 21, 2009: Clark Construction has scheduled installation of the project’s final tower cranes for this weekend, April 25/26. Staging for the crane installation will occur on 23rd Street and Eye Street. No street closures are anticipated and onsite crews will ensure that traffic flows continue during the installation process, pursuant to an approved traffic control plan.

Square 54/April 7, 2009: Clark Construction anticipates installation of the project’s second tower crane this weekend (April 11/12) on the southwest corner of the site near 23rd and Eye Streets. The staging for this installation is expected to temporarily reduce vehicular traffic to one lane on Eye Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets as well as require closure of the sidewalk on the north side of the block. Project officials will coordinate traffic flows per a traffic control plan approved by the DC Government to facilitate the continuation of two-way traffic during crane installation. Traffic on 22nd and 23rd Streets is not expected to be affected by this operation.

The third and fourth tower cranes are anticipated to be erected in the last two weekends of the month -- April 18/19 and April 25/26. Additional details will be posted here as they become available.

Square 54/March 31, 2009: Due to continued site preparation, Clark Construction has rescheduled installation of the project’s second tower crane from this weekend (April 4/5) to a tentative date of April 11/12. The portions of adjacent traffic lanes and sidewalks to be temporarily closed during this installation will be posted on this page upon confirmation. The third and fourth tower cranes will be erected at to-be-determined dates later in April. Additional details will be provided on this page as they become available.

Square 54/March 25, 2009: Clark Construction anticipates installation April 4/5 of the project’s second tower crane in the northeast corner of the project site. Portions of adjacent traffic lanes and sidewalks will be closed during this installation and will posted to this page upon confirmation. The third and fourth tower cranes will be erected at to-be-determined dates later in April. More details will be provided on this page as they become available.

Square 54/March 19, 2009: The first of four tower cranes was erected March 14/15 in the northeast corner of the project site. Clark Construction is currently in the permitting process for installation of additional tower cranes the weekends of April 4/5 (northwest corner). Adjacent pedestrian and traffic lanes are expected to be closed during each installation. The third and fourth tower cranes will be erected at to-be-determined dates later in April. More details will be provided on this page as they become available.

Square 54/March 11, 2009: Clark Construction anticipates installation this weekend of the project’s first tower crane. It is expected the block of 22nd Street between Eye Street and Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed during this installation.

Square 54/February 25, 2009: Clark Construction is targeting the weekend of March 14 for the installation of the first tower crane on the site. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

The DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) has relocated the bus stop from the northeast corner of 23rd and Eye Streets to the southeast corner of the same intersection. Click here for a visual overview of these changes.

Square 54/February 18, 2009: Pursuant to an approved public space permit, Boston Properties has implemented changes to traffic lanes and pedestrian walkways adjacent to the Square 54 project site. Parking meters on Eye, 22nd and 23rd Streets are being taken offline and the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) will soon relocate the bus stop from the northeast corner of 23rd and Eye Streets to the southeast corner of the same intersection. Click here for a visual overview of these changes. The first of four tower cranes required on the site is expected to be installed in early March with additional tower cranes installed over coming months.

Square 54/February 2, 2009: Traffic & pedestrian changes (pursuant to an approved public space permit) Beginning February, 2009:With excavation near completion, the project will soon move into the next phase of construction, below grade structural work. Anticipated to last up to a year, this work will involve pouring concrete for the building's foundation and the below and above grade structure. This operation will require temporary modifications to the existing pedestrian and traffic flows as shown here

Square 54/January 26, 2009: Final excavation work is underway and nearly complete.

Square 54/January 12, 2009: Final excavation work is underway and nearly complete. Due to Presidential Inaugural activities, no work is scheduled from Saturday, January 17 through Tuesday, January 20.

January 5, 2009: Final excavation work is underway and nearly complete.

December 18, 2008: Excavation work continues. Due to end-of-year holidays, site work is not anticipated to occur December 25-26 or January 1. The next update to this page will be January 5, 2009.

December 15, 2008: Excavation work continues. Controlled blasting activities have concluded.

December 8, 2008: Excavation work continues. Controlled blasting will occur several days this week (up to three times daily) and is anticipated to conclude soon depending on weather conditions.

December 1, 2008: Excavation work continues. Controlled blasting is expected to occur Tuesday through Friday of this week (up to three times daily) and will continue intermittently until later in the month.

November 20, 2008: Excavation work continues. Controlled blasting is scheduled to re-commence Friday, November 21 and continue up to three times each workday for a period of up to 10 working days. In observance of Thanksgiving, there will be no controlled blasting from Wednesday, Nov. 26 to Friday, Nov. 28.

November 17, 2008: Excavation work continues. Controlled blasting is scheduled to re-commence later this week or early next week and continue up to three times each weekday for a period of up to 10 days. In observance of Thanksgiving, there will be no controlled blasting from Wednesday, Nov. 26 to Friday, Nov. 28.

November 10, 3 and October 27, 2008: Excavation work continues. No controlled blasting is scheduled this week. Upon finalization, the schedule for remaining controlled blasting will be posted here.

October 20, 13, 6, 2008 & September 29, 22, 16, 9, 2008: Excavation work and controlled blasting activities continue. Blasting is expected up to three times each weekday. The intensity of blasts is expected to be the same as in previous weeks.

September 2, 2008: Excavation work and controlled blasting activities continue. Blasting is expected up to three times each weekday. Residents of adjacent buildings have compared the "rumble" caused by the blasts to the sound and intensity of thunder. Construction work (excluding blasting) will occur this Saturday. For additional information, review this factsheet or send questions/concerns via email to: [email protected]

August 25, 2008: Excavation work and controlled blasting activities continue. Blasting this week is expected twice each weekday. Residents of adjacent buildings have compared the "rumble" caused by the blasts to the sound and intensity of thunder. Construction work (excluding blasting) will occur this Saturday. In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, no work (or blasting) will occur Monday, September 1, 2008. For additional information, review this factsheet or send questions/concerns via email to: [email protected]

August 18, 2008: Excavation work and controlled blasting activities continue. Blasting is expected up to three times each weekday at approximately 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Residents of adjacent buildings have compared the "rumble" caused by the blasts to the sound and intensity of thunder. Construction work will occur on Saturday, but no blasting will occur. For additional information, review this factsheet or send questions/concerns via email to: [email protected]

August 4, 2008: Excavation work continues onsite and controlled blasting activities began on August 4. Blasting this week is expected twice each weekday at approximately 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Residents of adjacent buildings have compared the "rumble" caused by the blasts to the sound and intensity of thunder. Construction work will occur on Saturday, but no blasting will occur. For additional information, review this factsheet or send questions/concerns via email to: [email protected].

July 28, 21, 14, 7 & June 23, 16, 9, 2008: Drilling of soldier beams and excavation work (including hauling of dirt) has begun and will continue for several months.  Work will be taking place this Saturday.

June 3, 2008Boston Properties has received final approval of its sheeting and shoring permit for Square 54.  Work under this permit includes drilling of soldier beams around the perimeter of the site as well as excavation and hauling of dirt, which will begin this week. A community meeting to discuss Square 54 construction has been scheduled for June 3, 2008 at 7:00pm and will be held in the GW Hospital, 6th floor conference room.  All are welcome to attend.

May 27, 2008: Boston Properties continues to await final approval of the Sheeting & Shoring Permit for the Square 54 site.  Work continues under the public space permit to execute site preparation activities, soil and erosion control measures and other construction preparation activities in public space.

May 19, 2008: Boston Properties is awaiting final approval of the Sheeting & Shoring Permit for the Square 54 site.  The Public Space Permit was issued last week, which allows the contractor to place construction fencing around the perimeter of the site, and begin initial site preparation activities on those elements that reside within public space.  Upon release of the Sheeting & Shoring Permit, the drilling of soldier beams around the perimeter of the site and excavation activities will begin. A groundbreaking ceremony was held May 16, 2008 and attended by nearly 200 neighbors, students, faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders.

May 5, 2008: Boston Properties is awaiting final approval of the permits for the Square 54 site.  Initial site preparation activities that will take place over the next week include delivery of steel beams for the sheeting & shoring work, minor geotechnical investigation work, and placement of the construction fencing around the perimeter of the site.