2021 ENR Mid-Atlantic Best Projects, Award of Merit - Office/Retail/Mixed-Use
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has been based in Alexandria, VA, since 1983, when the association purchased the first of eventually three headquarters buildings on North Fairfax Street. After more than three decades at that location, APTA decided they needed a new headquarters that supported their vision of the future—and they needed a builder who could help bring that vision to life. The 7-story, 115,000-SF Centennial Center is an investment in APTA’s workforce, and it embodies the APTA mission. We are incredibly proud of what we built—a state-of-the-art, modern headquarters and a beautiful addition to the burgeoning Potomac Yards neighborhood.
Building a place for ideas to grow.
The Centennial Center will receive LEED V4 Silver certification based on its commitment to an eco-friendly headquarters that further supports the health of society. The atrium is stunning; it extends the entire height of the building, with an open staircase, and window facades that supply natural light to every workspace. To construct the building’s seven-story atrium and floating stairwell, the construction team erected a full-height scaffold that facilitated work on all sides, including placing six stories of inlaid millwork! We even built a lighting system that increases or decreases light intensity in step with the amount of sunlight coming through the windows—this is where sustainability and innovation intertwine.
We look forward to seeing how the Centennial Center helps bring the very best out of APTA in the short-term as well as the long-term future. The expansive floorplans provide a collaborative, contemporary workplace—brilliant and transformative ideas are sure to take shape. We’re proud to support APTA’s quest to improve the health of our society.
Photos by Connie Zhou