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Washington, DC
Project Size
100,000 SF
Base Building Architect
Hartman-Cox Architects
Quadrangle Development Corporation
DC Bar's new home offers collaborative workspace, a conference center, a broadcast studio and a 17,000-square-foot flexible event space. Alliance Architecture was in charge of the design.

D.C. Bar has opened its new 100,000-square-foot headquarters in Washington, D.C.’s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. The premises, which broke ground in June 2016, includes a broadcast studio and conference center, available for Bar members, clients and the public. The $70 million project is the largest in the Bar’s history, saving roughly $25 million over 30 years in occupancy costs.

The eight-story building is located at 901 Fourth Street N.W., within a nine-minute walk from the Gallery Pl-Chinatown metro station. The property includes office space, conference rooms and lounge area for member attorneys, further expanding the Bar’s capacity for continuing legal education classes and training. Since its establishment in 1972, the Bar moved four times in five different rented spaces.

The full-service broadcast studio, coupled with the technology infrastructure, offers live programming, editing, production, broadcasting and multimedia services. Alliance Architecture is responsible for the design of the LEED-certified building, created under the concepts of collaboration, networking and sharing. The 17,000-square-foot flexible event space has an adaptable hosting capacity, ranging from six to 600 people.
The new headquarters encompasses:
* 6 conference rooms
* 4 classrooms
* 2 outdoor gathering spaces
* 27 wired spaces for live and recorded programming
* balcony green space on the third floor
* rooftop terrace

“(The building) represents a new era for the Bar, in a thriving new neighborhood, the building’s technological sophistication will help support our members and enhance work capabilities and networking opportunities,”said D.C. Bar CEO Bob Spagnoletti, in a prepared statement. “Our goal was to create an all-in-one space for members and clients that addresses their needs as professionals while fostering community.”