West End 25
West End 25
The Best Nest on the West End
As the first apartment building in DC to earn LEED Gold® certification, West End 25 is one of our most notable adaptive reuse projects. Previously two separate office buildings, the owner of the property came to us with two requests: to transform the dated office towers into one dynamic, luxury residence — and to do it fast.
ArchitectShalom Baranes Associates
awardsWBC Craftsmanship Award, Demolition
Adaptive reuse projects, like West End 25, are particularly rewarding, because we get to solve complex puzzles and convert the past into the future.
Tom Gnecco, Project Executive, DAVIS
From Obsolete to Outstanding
Vornado purchased the two 1960s office buildings with a vision. Knowing the buildings’ designs were too obsolete to meet the needs of the modern office market, they sought the help of architect Shalom Baranes Associates, and our DAVIS team, to convert West End 25 into a luxurious, high-end apartment building. Through creative thinking, strategic phasing, and transparent coordination, we delivered an end result that was more than luxurious – it is one of the most sought-after rental buildings the DC market has ever seen.
To create one 288-unit apartment building, we constructed 10 new floors to connect the two existing buildings and added four new floors to the top of the existing structure. The renovation also entailed fully gutting the interiors and removing both penthouse levels and roof decks — along with removing the entire building’s façade and replacing it with a modern, striking glass curtainwall. The structure was altered to create an inviting entry courtyard and large terrace-style balconies. On the newly constructed roof, we built a pool deck and a loggia terrace that offers unmatched views of Georgetown and Rock Creek Park.Photos by Maxwell MacKenzie
Timing is critical on every job, but when dealing with the conversion of one asset to another, the last thing we want to do is obstruct our client’s leasing opportunities. Using the insights we've gained from our experiences on similar jobs, we developed a plan for phased turnover — building a leasing office on-site before all units were complete. This gave Vornado the ability to sign new tenants as early as possible — a proactive maneuver on our part that resulted in a very happy client.
It takes a lot of coordination, strategic foresight, and often a winning personality to work successfully in a residential area. A construction crew isn’t always the most popular, but we take the concerns of every neighbor very seriously. At West End 25, whether it was repositioning an intrusive light shining on a neighboring apartment building, or carefully planning material deliveries on the narrow, resident-filled street, our team went the extra mile to reduce inconveniences and remain a welcomed member of the community.
Because curtainwalls typically have a very long lead time, we awarded the scope early to stay on schedule. The manufacturer flew its entire engineering team to DC — and together — the architect, manufacturer, and DAVIS worked out the details of the design and specifications. Our proactive approach set the course for project success and bonded the team.