The JBG Companies Headquarters
The JBG Companies Headquarters
The Power of Partnership
With a vast amount of office, residential, hotel and retail space in its portfolio, The JBG Companies (JBG) is a world-class real estate leader in the Washington metropolitan area. We are proud of every opportunity we have earned to partner and build for JBG. When we were selected as the general contractor for their headquarters renovation, we worked closely with JBG and the design team to strategically plan the approach and detail the best methods for turning the concept into reality. For more than a year we helped define the design by offering solutions that added value through saved time and cost.
Project typeCommercial Interiors
ArchitectGensler; Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
clientThe JBG Companies
awardsWBC Craftsmanship Star Award, Ornamental Metals; SEA-MW Design Excellence Award, Specialized Structural Elements
DAVIS’ approach to management produces a cooperative project team, resulting in extraordinary project control. Their commitment to quality and understanding of the design makes them a great partner.
Debra Linowes, Vice President - Office Services, The JBG Companies
Every Impression is Perfect
The project spans three floors and features an award-winning interconnecting stair and fine design details. Sustainable materials such as reclaimed wood floors and glass-front offices contributed to the project achieving LEED Platinum® certification. As part of our preconstruction planning, we mapped out the phased renovation of the office space, and then detailed the approach for constructing the stair. Our phasing plan incorporated ways to shift and relocate 150 people multiple times during the occupied renovation — a choreographed musical chairs.
Stair parts came from Europe, Mexico, Canada, and the US. The design specified riveted and bolted construction with visible bolts and ornamental properties, which required extra ingenuity to implement. The custom-fabricated stair had zero on-site welding or modifications and required special tooling, templates, and fixtures to ensure the tight tolerances were met during fabrication.
Planning didn’t involve just how to install the stair — it required forethought into the transportation of shop-finished materials from multiple locations, how to bring it into the building (in this case by crane), and how to do this without interfering with work surrounding the stair.
+ 800 machined parts
+ 1,000 fasteners
+ 2,000 night hours to complete
= One GC
It took months of searching to find the right match for the specified European Pantone RAL color. Where did we finally get it? In Arizona, from a supplier of military aircraft coatings. The stair required nine layers of primer, paint, and clear coat before it was compound buffed to a mirror polish.
Always Reaching Higher
The stair was designed collaboratively by teams located in London, Quebec, and DC. As the focal point of the space, this iconic internal stair was constructed of steel and painted a custom high gloss, luminous red. All glass treads, landings, guardrails, and structure were attached to the slab above by a one-inch center rod. With minimal diagonal bracing and suspended landings, the stair appears to float in the three-story opening.
Stress-Free Project Delivery
Our involvement in all facets of the project, from strategy to closeout, meant that there were no delays — period. From laser scanning and creating Building Information Models (BIM), to ensuring that LEED processes and paperwork were completed properly, we made it happen.
Moving a business, whether in the same building or to a new location, can be a stressful experience. We worked tirelessly to make this process uncomplicated — through collaboration, respect, valuing team knowledge, and inspiring confidence. The result reinforced our great relationship with JBG.Photos by Michael Moran