DC Department of Transportation Gets New Home in Capitol Riverfront

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WC Smith, a Washington, D.C.-based developer, has completed 250 M Street SE, the new headquarters for the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT).

The nine-story building consists of 180,000 square feet of office space, 6,600 square feet of retail space and an additional smaller space that will be utilized as a DDOT Commuter Store. There’s also a three-level underground garage. 

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“250 M Street embodies the spirit of the District—forward-thinking, sustainable and open,” Chris Smith, WC Smith’s chairman and CEO, said in a prepared statement. “We are excited about the energy and vitality that the agency will bring to the neighborhood, and look forward to making staff feel at home in their new home.”

The building is located directly across the street from the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Canal Park area of Capitol Riverfront.

The DDOT headquarters includes a fitness center, wellness room, and a custom paint-on-canvas art installation in the lunchroom that was designed and created by noted artist Michael Crossett. Additionally, reclaimed wood was provided by DDOT’s Urban Forestry Division to make worktables in collaboration spaces throughout the building.

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The custom paint-on-canvas art installation in the lunchroom. Photo: By WC Smith

Incorporating sustainability into the building design was a top priority, according to Smith. The core and shell received LEED Gold certification and similar certification is pending for the interior tenant spaces.

Brian Strott and Ilakkiya Thambi managed the project for WC Smith. HITT was the general contractor, while Hickok Cole served as the building architects.