Skanska, a global development and construction firm, has signed a long-term ground lease with JBG SMITH to develop an approximately 34,000 sq.-ft. land parcel for a ground-up, mixed-use development in Washington, D.C.'s Central Business District.
Located at 1700 M St., NW, the site is well-positioned for trophy-class office space and unique retail opportunities in the prime Golden Triangle neighborhood within the Central Business District. The Golden Triangle is home to more than 3,000 organizations such as top law firms, lobbyists, associations, and architecture firms; 200 restaurants; 300 shops and retailers; seven hotels; and six national parks. The high-profile site offers easy access to Connecticut Avenue and K Street, and is three blocks from the Farragut North Metrorail Station.
"1700 M will provide one of the few ground-up, new-construction offerings to businesses within the growing and thriving downtown market," said Executive Vice President Mark Carroll, head of Skanska's commercial development operations in the greater Washington, D.C. area. "Our customer-focused, collaborative approach to design and development, and our ability to self-finance our projects, allows us to engage customers early in this process then move quickly to deliver a project that meets their specific needs, as well as the demands of the dynamic Central Business District."
Skanska also recently acquired a site at Scotts Run to develop a high-density, multi-family project in Tysons, Va., the second largest business district in the Washington region, behind the district's Central Business District, and the 12th largest in the nation.
Skanska's current real estate developments in the greater Washington area include: 2112 Penn, an 11-story, 230,000-sq.-ft. office building with approximately 10,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail; 99M, a 234,000-sq.-ft., Class-A office building, located in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood; and RESA, a new 326-unit luxury residential apartment building located in the NoMa neighborhood. Skanska also developed the 130,000 sq.-ft. office building 1776 Wilson Blvd, Arlington's first LEED Platinum building, which Skanska sold in 2014, and 733 10th St., NW, a 171,000 sq.-ft. office, which Skanska sold in 2012.
In the greater Washington area, Skanska built the First Street Tunnel and is building the headquarters facility for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (D.C. Water). The firm also is responsible for the reconstruction of the 11th Street Bridge and adjacent interchanges, infrastructure that helped spur new development such as 99M in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.