FRIT Headquarters @ 909 Rose

  • Client
    Federal Realty Investment Trust
  • Location
    North Bethesda, MD
  • Size
office lobby with seating modern furniture
  • WBC Craftsmanship Awards – Ornamental Metals
  • ABC Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Award, Interiors (over $100/sq. ft)

Project Brief

Off of Rockville Pike, the Pike & Rose development continues to be one of the area’s biggest retail corridors and a thriving, modern community space. Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) is the driving force behind the vibrant mixed-use neighborhood, in addition to other redevelopments throughout the Northeast and West Coast.  In 2019, our office buildings team completed 909 Rose Avenue, a tall, striking glass trophy office building that overlooks the rest of Pike & Rose—and last year, FRIT made it the host of their new headquarters, immersing themselves within their operations. They needed a partner they could trust to build an office that reflected the innovation they bring to each of their projects. After our work on 909 Rose, they knew they could count on DAVIS.

With architect Wingate Hughes’ design, we were able to build a warm, welcoming space for FRIT to call home for the next 20 years and beyond. The wide-open floor plan was designed to let natural light into all workspaces, and warm bronze colored metal accents combine with a gray, red, and orange color pallet to create the same sense of modern relaxation that FRIT has brought to the Pike & Rose redevelopment. It all seems to fit together – but the success of the design and construction process were the result of meticulous preparation.

We knew the amount of trades working on this project could be an obstacle—but by anticipating these issues and getting ahead of them, we set ourselves up for success. Ceiling devices, the grand interconnecting stair and its finishes, and glass handrails were all installed in side-by-side schedules, so we coordinated a pattern and stayed in constant contact with our trade partners to get the details just right. We held meetings in person and virtually while abiding by COVID-19 guidelines, and our communication methods proved effective, as each element was implemented efficiently. Wingate Hughes designed the space to encourage the collaboration and creativity that have defined FRIT and their successes, and we can’t wait to see the ideas that they develop in their new headquarters.

Photos by Studio Trejo