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HITT Contracting | Fairfax, VA | 110,000 S.F.

May 12th, 2010
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Strategy: After 16 years and five expansions, the client was housed in four buildings separated by busy roads, parking lots, or enclosed stairwells — making communication among market sectors difficult.  Yet, the original space concept and design aesthetic still supported their business model, offering a consistent point of reference to influence choices for the new space.

Raw steel bases and other details including an I-beam support for the lobby monitor, provide a link to the past headquarters.
The color palette and materials echo those in the much

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Government Headquarters

May 12th, 2010
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Government Agency Headquarters
300,000 S.F.

Strategy: Serve as a subject matter expert (SME) during the SFO (Solicitation for Offer) and POR (Program of Requirements) phases, analyzing the program through test fits and space plans. Generate procurement strategies for teams, bringing to light issues and consequences of the agency’s decisions.

Results: By illustrating several concepts, productive discussions with various departments were able to fix requirements and adjust the POR accordingly. Exploration with different plans identified building constraints helped clarify agency’s goals and objectives.

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WTXF, Fox Television Station

May 12th, 2010
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WTXF, Fox Television Station, Inc. Philadelphia, PA
90,000 S.F.
Strategy: Upgrade an existing station to Digital, renovate the entire building and create two new studios and indoor parking. The challenge was to complete the whole process while remaining on-air!
Results: The five-story office building afforded swing space as the construction moved from the roof down. A street front studio was built first to allow for ongoing broadcasts. Later this studio would broadcast the morning shows reflecting the trend for a visual connection between the activities on

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AARP

May 12th, 2010
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AARP Broadcast Operation Center, Washington, DC
12,000 S.F.
Strategy: Renovate in place, without disrupting on-going business. The Operation Center was located behind solid doors with edit rooms along boarded -up windows. Access to these edit suites was through the equipment room, a maze of racks and snacked cables. Movement was difficult during normal times, but dangerous during broadcasts when timing was critical. Visitors journeyed from the green room to the studios along a dark and dingy corridor, and the 400+ staff of AARP had no

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Buccini Pollin

May 12th, 2010
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BP Group, Washington, DC *
15,000 S.F.
Strategy: Design a facility to house a national hotel developer’s local office. Our directive was to reflect the nature of their business in the space.
Results: The typical perimeter office plan was treated to an interior core playground that houses an open lunchroom, library and workroom. Lighted showcases line the paths to the area and hold renderings of their properties. A ten -foot wide barn door affords the playground visual privacy during meetings in the conference room which is

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The Westchester

May 12th, 2010
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The Westchester, Washington, DC
100,000 S.F.
Strategy: Renovate the public spaces of a 1930’s cooperative with 500+ residents using the following as guiding principles
• Respect the architectural Integrity of the Westchester;
• Provide fiscally responsible options;
• Develop specifications that can be maintained and are lasting in nature;
• Wherever appropriate and possible, consider environmentally sustainable and energy efficient materials and methods
• Improve member-owner safety (consider door hardware, lighting, visibility, etc)
• Enhance the sense of community and the special Westchester ambiance
Results: Notorious for lack of clear direction and decision making, projects involving committees and owners of

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GT Law

May 12th, 2010
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GT Law, McLean, Virginia
35,000 S.F.
Strategy: Create an office for a new branch of an established law firm, whose practice would focus primarily on the emerging tech market in Northern Virginia. Our goal was to make their new offices appealing to the technology client and attract attorneys to the new practice.

Results: Oil rubbed bronze, faux painted surfaces, draperies as dividers, and a hand-painted mural illustrating the history of how information travels, communicated that this was not the usual law firm. TV’s and computers in

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WOFL

May 12th, 2010
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Fox Television Station, Orlando Florida
Strategy: Renovate an existing station without disruption; accommodate conversion from a single station to a duopoly. The television station wanted to use the conversion of the station from Analog to Digital to open the physical facilities for visitors and staff.

Results: Removing walls and doors and adding glass to demising offices and conference room walls brought the newsroom into the open and into the 21st Century. Re-locating the newsroom update desk to the center of the newsroom allowed the

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National Press Club Broadcast Operations Center

May 12th, 2010
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National Press Club Broadcast Operations Center, Washington, DC *
9,000 S.F.

Strategy: Create a broadcast facility with a studio, control rooms and support spaces, along with an archive library for the National Press Club. Our goal was to design the facility to showcase the building’s potential. The space needed to address the needs of the many dignitaries and celebrities who speak at the club and are interviewed by the news organizations housed in the building.

Results: With slab to slab heights varying from as low

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CNN, Washington, DC Bureau

May 12th, 2010
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CNN, Washington Bureau, Washington, DC
Two Control rooms and Security Desk

Strategy: Shut down and renovate each control room during the weeks of both the Republican and Democratic conventions, allowing for a ten-day turnaround including equipment and system integration. The redesign of the security desk to support a staff of four and nine security monitors was another task. Open sightlines from the new desk were required during evening hours when manned by a single person.

Results: Mission accomplished – control rooms were up and running

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