The Center for Strategic and International Studies will break ground in September on a $100 million building just a few blocks from its current, iconic location at 1800 K Street NW. The new location, a 15,394-square-foot property at 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, has been a parking facility for years.
According to the firm representing the seller, CSIS purchased the property in August 2007. Public records show that the land was purchased for just under $31.5 million. The ambitious project is expected to be completed in 2013, according H. Andrew Schwartz, CSIS senior vice president for external relations. He said it will include a state-of-the art, two-story, 400-person-capacity conference space and multiple other meeting rooms for the more than 1,600 events CSIS hosts each year.
Schwartz said the offices of CSIS trustees, including Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski, will move to the new location. He said no other office space will be made available to rental tenants.
The building will be guided by the latest in green construction principles and is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification. It was designed by Hickok Cole Architects and will be constructed by HITT Contracting Inc.
The 1616 Rhode Island location will also host a facility geared toward CSIS’s younger employees. The Ideas Lab will provide the tools for think tank research to be combined with innovative communication tools to produce cutting-edge products aimed at solving new policy problems.
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