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LOCATION: WASHINGTON, DC

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TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ANALYSIS PROCESS Visioning Test-Fits Space Planning Design Development Construction Documents / Permit / Pricing Construction Administration

MPLETION: JANUARY 2015

MOVE-IN


Summit Consulting, LLC is a group of economists, econometricians, consultants, and research scientists who decipher complex economic and analytical challenges for federal agencies and financial institutions. After experiencing unprecedented staff growth (to the extent that 60 people were sharing a 5,000-SF space), Summit decided to relocate its headquarters to a larger office in a renovated building at 601 New Jersey Avenue. Eager to establish new roots, Summit also welcomed the change in work location as an opportunity to expand the company brand and to infuse its culture into the work environment. The company’s new neighborhood—fun, vibrant, up-andcoming—turned out to provide the ideal atmosphere for the Summit brand. From start to finish, the design process lasted 9 months, with DBI’s involvement in every aspect of that design. The company has occupied its 4th-floor, 19,085-SF office since January 2015.

INTRODUCTION


Existing Space


To develop the space that best represented and communicated Summit’s brand and identity, DBI began the design process with a survey of the company’s existing office and furniture, as well as an analysis of its values, mission, and staff. Compiling this information helped DBI’s designers to articulate how the company and its staff functioned on a day-today basis, so that design of the new space would support, and even enhance, routine office functions while maintaining a robust company identity. During this preliminary phase, designers also determine what, if any, furniture can be reused in the new space as a way to reduce costs.

ANALYSIS


The intention of the Visioning phase is to establish the client’s design preferences and objectives so that the team is able to visualize the client’s new space. To begin this process, DBI, during a series of meetings, presented Summit with design boards and photos and went through exercises that determined Summit’s likes and dislikes. DBI Director Michael Boyer encourages clients “to really tell us what they don’t like” because, he explains, “by telling

[us] what you don’t like, you expose what you actually do like.” After two or three meetings, we began to develop the style and feel of Summit’s new space, which was significantly influenced by the positive and playful nature of GetWellNetwork, another award-winning DBI project. Designers often share past projects as a way to uncover a new client’s design proclivities; however, DBI is proud to deliver a unique space for each project—one that truly reflects the client and its brand. The key design objective for Summit was to create a work environment that would attract younger talent, which compelled DBI to envision a cutting-edge space with vibrant colors. Summit, gravitating toward images of offices with open layouts, chose to incorporate collaborative “neighborhoods” with benching systems in the new space. Leaving no design option unconsidered, DBI and Summit reviewed every aspect of the new space, including furniture specification, A/V coordination, and IT security.

Visioning


PROCESS


ADJACENT BUILDING LAN RM

151 SF

146 SF

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS

182 SF

200 SF

200 SF

199 SF

202 SF

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

OFFICE TYPE B 2 DIRECTORS

SMALL CONFERENCE RM

151 SF

150 SF

156 SF

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

122 SF

103 SF

TYPE E TYPE E WKST 6X5 WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

191 SF

Stair

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

Elec

Elev Lobby

214 SF

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE F WKST 6X3 OFFICE TYPE A1 2 PRINCIPALS TYPE F WKST 6X3

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E TYPE E WKST 6X5WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

OFFICE TYPE C

Jan

OFFICE TYPE D 4 OCCUPANTS

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 KITCHEN/COFFEE SMALL RM CONFERENCE RM 56 SF

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5 TEAMING RM

TEAMING RM TEAMING RM

OFFICE TYPE B 2 DIRECTORS

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E TYPE E WKST 6X5 WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E TYPE E WKST 6X5 WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

Tel/Elec Mech

Toilets

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E TYPE E WKST 6X5 WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E TYPE E WKST 6X5WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E TYPE E WKST 6X5WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

D STREET NW

WELLNESS RM

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

Stair

185 SF

TYPE E WKST 6X5

Tel RECEPTION RM

TYPE E TYPE E WKST 6X5 WKST 6X5

299 SF

TYPE E TYPE E WKST 6X5 WKST 6X5

SMALL CONFERENCE RM

191 SF

117 SF

SMALL CONFERENCE RM

107 SF

LARGE CONFERENCE RM 490 SF

OFFICE TYPE C

OFFICE TYPE C

117 SF

117 SF

WORK RM

128 SF

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5 KITCHEN/COFFEE RM TYPE E TYPE E WKST 6X5 WKST 6X5

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS

228 SF

TYPE E WKST 6X5

LIBRARY RM MEDIUM CONFERENCE RM 311 SF

STAFF LOUNGE/BREAK RM 346 SF

103 SF

TYPE E WKST 6X5 TYPE E WKST 6X5

OFFICE TYPE B 2 DIRECTORS 150 SF

TYPE E WKST 6X5

401 9th Street, NW - 7TH FLOOR

Test Fits

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E TYPE E WKST 6X5 WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE F WKST 6X3 OFFICE TYPE A1 2 PRINCIPALS

TYPE E TYPE E WKST 6X5 WKST 6X5

9TH STREET NW

SUMMIT - TEST FIT 04/09/14

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

OFFICE TYPE B 2 DIRECTORS 165 SF

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE E WKST 6X5

TYPE F WKST 6X3

O O O O O T T

K L L L M R S S T W W


MASSACHUSETTS AVE. MEDIUM CONFERENCE RM

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

341 SF

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7' TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

LARGE CONFERENCE RM KITCHEN/ COFFEE RM

481 SF

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

66 SF WORK RM

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

208 SF

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7' TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS

RECEPTION RM SUPPLY RM

515 SF

TEAMING RM

COAT RM OFFICE TYPE A1 2 PRINCIPALS

65 SF

SMALL CONFERENCE RM

248 SF

170 SF

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS

200 SF

229 SF

OFFICE TYPE D 4 OCCUPANTS

COPY RM 255 SF 111 SF SMALL CONFERENCE RM 152 SF

TYPE E WKST 6'X8'

TYPE E WKST 6'X8'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

9TH STREET

207 SF

OFFICE TYPE A1 2 PRINCIPALS 211 SF

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TEAMING RM

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

OFFICE TYPE C

70 SF

121 SF

10TH STREET

STAFF SPACE COUNT TYPE E WKST 6'X8'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

OFFICE TYPE A1 2 PRINCIPALS OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS OFFICE TYPE B 2 DIRECTORS OFFICE TYPE C OFFICE TYPE D 4 OCCUPANTS TYPE E WKST 6'X7' TYPE E WKST 6'X8' TYPE F WKST 5'X5' 138 TOTAL:

121 SF

TYPE E WKST 6'X8'

TYPE E WKST 6'X8' OFFICE TYPE C

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS

SMALL CONFERENCE RM

106 SF

178 SF

105 SF

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS 194 SF

PRINT

TEAMING RM 70 SF

TYPE E WKST 6'X8'

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS 200 SF

TYPE E WKST 6'X8'

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS

LIBRARY RM

LAN RM

OFFICE TYPE C

146 SF

128 SF

137 SF

190 SF

389 SF

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

OFFICE TYPE B 2 DIRECTORS

OFFICE TYPE B 2 DIRECTORS

OFFICE TYPE A 3 MANAGERS

OFFICE TYPE B 2 DIRECTORS

OFFICE TYPE B 2 DIRECTORS

136 SF

138 SF

165 SF

144 SF

151 SF

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X8' TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE E WKST 6'X8'

TYPE F WKST 5'X5'

TYPE F WKST 5'X5'

TYPE F WKST 5'X5'

2 8 4 3 1 80 10 5 113

SUPPORT SPACE COUNT NAME

STAFF LOUNGE/ BREAK RM

TYPE E WKST 6'X8'

TYPE F WKST 5'X5'

SPACE COUNT

NAME AND OCCUPANT

SMALL CONFERENCE RM

TYPE E WKST 6'X7'

TYPE F WKST 5'X5'

COAT RM COPY RM KITCHEN/ COFFEE RM LAN RM LARGE CONFERENCE RM LIBRARY RM MEDIUM CONFERENCE RM RECEPTION RM SMALL CONFERENCE RM STAFF LOUNGE/ BREAK RM SUPPLY RM TEAMING RM TEAMING RM WORK RM

4TH FLOOR

COUNT 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 1 1 2 1 18

15,469 USF 18,717 RSF

K STREET

901 K Street - 4TH FLOOR SUMMIT - TEST FIT 04/09/2014

Test-fits (i.e., floor plans that ensure that the new space will accommodate the client’s design vision), DBI implemented the design decisions that were established during the Visioning phase. For a client of this size, it is routine to test fit two or three buildings; however, Summit chose to test fit nine buildings in Washington, DC and, ultimately, landed at 601 New Jersey Avenue. Having selected the new space, DBI began design development.

PROCESS


Space Planning


By dividing the office into four neighborhoods that each accommodate approximately 25 individuals, DBI maintained an open environment in the Summit space plan. The neighborhoods, which feature open, heightadjustable benching systems and collaborative areas, also provide glass box teaming spaces. Together, these two design elements provide intradepartmental intimacy for neighborhood “residents” while maintaining interdepartmental adjacencies among the neighborhoods. In addition, the glass box areas offer easily accessible, enclosed space for staff members seeking privacy or silence. DBI also incorporated supplemental phone booths throughout the space to serve as touchdown offices for employees who require a desk only occasionally—for example, staff members who visit from Summit’s New York office. DBI placed workstations along the curtain wall on the perimeter and offices along the interior ring. Floor-toceiling glass separates the offices, thereby allowing all staff members to have access to natural light and to maintain a sightline to the outside.

Lobby Shared Office Conference Room Team Room Informal Gathering Area Neighborhood

PROCESS


Paint

Reception Desk

Summit wanted to display its brand to visitors even before they stepped into the new office. Through coordination with the building owner, DBI was able to position a large reception desk that bisected the glass wall and protruded into the actual common area. The entire wall behind the desk, painted in Summit’s signature blue, draws in the visitor, as does the Summit logo—a symbol representing multiplication and division that easily transforms into a snowflake-like design—that dances along the walls and down the public corridor. The reception area serves as a doubling space that can be used as a breakout room adjacent to the conference room or, by retracting the glass curtain wall, as an enlarged, fully functional conference space. The colors of the reception area break free from the boundaries of traditional office palettes. Summit, at the encouragement of DBI, selected a vibrant pink hue for bold accents—another design touch that communicates the playful energy of the company’s brand. In addition, Summit included furniture pieces atypical for office environments. The reception area, for example, features a surprisingly comfortable outdoor chair that ties together Summit’s entire palette.

Design Development


PROCESS


Upholstery

Upholstery

Carpet

The office’s finishes provide clean, neutral splashes of color. DBI, to stay within the client’s budget, specified the teaming pods to be constructed of painted drywall instead of wood. Other cost-saving efforts included the specification of swinging doors instead of slider and of a vinyl floor product instead of a reclaimed wood feature for the reception feature wall. After implementing these changes, DBI maintained the aesthetic that had been determined during the Visioning phase—and completed the project under budget. DBI peppered fun, yet classic, Herman Miller and Knoll pieces throughout the office and, to speak to the Summit brand, incorporated stylized accent lighting and a breakroom pendant, which evoke the “snowflake” pattern established in the reception area. The box file pedestals are finished in a multi-colored, large-scale fabric that DBI specified as randomly cut swaths, so that all pedestals, while made from the same fabric, feature varying edge colors of hot pink, Summit blue, yellow, and blue-green.

Design Development


PROCESS


Paint

Upholstery

Reception Rug

Summit, from the beginning, wanted to have a “heart” to its new space. The result was a central zone, or large breakroom, featuring a sectional sofa, a foosball table, and lush upholstered furniture. Dubbed the “living room,” this lounge-type space offers typical breakroom amenities (e.g., a coffee bar, wet wall refrigerators), as well as an atypical lattice wall herb garden. DBI also incorporated 20 mobile easels that serve as writable surfaces, or “scribble zones,” which Summit employees are able to position wherever they desire. As with other spaces, the living room required that DBI reduce costs through creative specification. For example, the lattice was originally to be finished in a high-grade veneer. DBI decided to have the feature fashioned from standard stock pine and then stained to match the overall palette. The finished piece serves as a divider that maintains the openness of the breakroom while separating the space from corridor circulation.

Design Development


PROCESS


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Having completed design development and furniture specification, DBI then selected Allsteel as the project’s furniture vendor. Next, DBI completed Summit’s construction documents and secured all necessary approvals and permits from the District of Columbia. It was, finally, time to build! TEAMING. 441

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During construction, DBI attended every weekly meeting to ensure that each project detail was built according to the design drawings and to address any problems that arose. We also confirmed that the A/V, IT, and security systems were integrated correctly. The Summit space took 12 weeks to build. Bognet Construction, the General Contractor, was a great teaming partner who shared our mission—to deliver a Class A office space to Summit. After construction was complete, DBI performed an on-site “punch list,” an inspection of the project’s construction, to make sure that all design details were just right before Summit moved into its new space. Summit could not be more excited about its new office. The company even documented the entire build-out process on its blog. A group of four to six staff members, eager to participate in the genesis of the space, attended every construction meeting. The project was truly a collaborative effort, with each team member having significant input about the final design. Summit could not be happier with DBI’s work.

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Reception Area


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From start to finish we were totally delighted and impressed with every aspect of our experience with Michael Boyer and his team from DBI. Each was creative, thoughtful and fully responsive to our questions as the design and build out process moved forward. The DBI team continually thought “out-of-the-box� and encouraged us to do the same in order to create a unique, modern, bright, functional space that inspires our employees to look forward to coming to the office each day. We highly recommend DBI Architects, Inc. Anthony Curcio Principal

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