Summit Foundation

Washington, DC

Project Info
Summit Foundation
Washington, DC
Completion Date: 2016
Square Footage: 7000
Targeting LEED Platinum
Targeting Living Building Challenge Petals

Located just north of the White House in Washington, DC, this 7000 square foot office tenant improvement proves that designing a beautiful, elegant space is not inconsistent with incorporating forward-thinking sustainability practices. The Summit Foundation is a private, family foundation focused on grant-making in ocean conservation, gender equity, and sustainable cities. The Summit Foundation used the opportunity of a new headquarters to positively impact the built environment.

The space is a mixture of private and open office workspace. All private offices include full-height glass walls, introducing daylight as deep into the interior as possible. In addition to workspace, the office includes a reception area, a small break room/kitchen, two conference rooms, and a mail/copy room. The design team was inspired by Summit Foundation's mission to make the space beautiful, functional, and healthy. The team decided to push beyond LEED Platinum and meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge (LBC)--the organization is currently pursuing the Materials, Place, and Equity petals that are part of the LBC certification. As part of the design process, our team researched and advocated for transparency in product manufacturing. To achieve the LBC goals, the design team worked directly with major furniture manufacturers, three of which accelerated factory upgrades to accommodate LBC requirements for healthier products.

Occupied in February 2016, the Summit Foundation's headquarters accomplishes a remarkable feat--creating a people-focused workplace that is as healthy for the environment as it is for the people who work there.