The American Society of Interior Designers has signed a long-term lease on a new headquarters located at 1152 15th Street Northwest, Columbia Center, Washington, D.C. The space borders the East End and Central Business districts, and will be part of a project that will eventually include over 40,000 square feet of retail and courtyard space. ASID will be among the first entities in the region to pursue WELL Building Certification, the “evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being,” run by the International WELL Building Institute.
“Throughout the search process, we focused on finding a permanent home for ASID that complemented their commitment to being a progressive association,” said Wendy Feldman Block, corporate managing director of Savills Studley, the commercial real estate services firm ASID worked with on the deal. “Once the Society’s leadership decided to pursue WELL Building certification, we guided the process to ensure that the lease agreement, design of the space, and construction of the premises would be in compliance with the new certification. This required close collaboration with the architecture team at Perkins+Will, along with the building ownership, general contractor Rand and outside consultants.”
“We chose to pursue WELL Building certification because our new headquarters space should demonstrate the power of healthier, smarter work environments for enhanced productivity and collaboration amongst our staff and members,” said ASID CEO Randy Fiser.
ASID’s current headquarters is located at 718 Seventh Street Northwest. The move will be complete in January or February 2016.