Cole & Denny Renovate a Two-Level Office Into an Urban Workspace with a View

Cole and Denny‘s renovation of a two-level, 8,964 SF office space morphs into a flexible, contemporary workspace environment for entrepreneurial business tenants.

Transformed from a maze of narrow hallways and multiple rooms, 1010 N. Fairfax has been converted to a spacious open space work environment with a contemporary flair.

The renewed facility, designed by Cole & Denny Architects, includes open and private office spaces as well as “collision” spaces for impromptu collaboration. The highlight of this renovation includes a rooftop deck that provides an informal atmosphere for social interaction between employees.

Tenants can enjoy individual work station portals or private work areas for small groups and conferences. All with the latest connectivity technologies and cloud-based climate control (NEST) and security systems (KISI), both programmable from smartphone apps. The biggest change to 1010’s exterior features is the addition of the new rooftop deck. It provides tenants with a unique outdoor socializing space, or even a quiet place for contemplation, as they and their guests enjoy elevated views of Old Town’s cityscapes. Since the building reopened for use nearly two years ago, it has become a convenient low-cost alternative for businesses seeking an Alexandria address without long-term leases.

Space that comes furnished on flexible terms, with the latest IT features, shows that design has achieved its intended purpose.

“1010 was our first try at delivering flexible workspace solutions for small and medium-sized businesses,” says 1010’s building owner Christopher Campagna of Braddock Commercial Realty. Furnishings are largely provided by the tenant. We simply provided a flexible canvas for individuals and groups to arrange their own work environments.” As such, the architects have delivered a renovated structure with work-ready spaces available for individual entrepreneurs, as well as small and medium-sized businesses. It’s a mobile office for the 21st Century in one of the National Capital Region’s most iconic historic districts. “Our target audience remains individuals and companies seeking simple solutions to their workspace needs,” Campagna adds. “Space that comes furnished on flexible terms, with the latest IT features, shows that design has achieved its intended purpose.”

When was the project completed?
2017

How much space (SF)?
8,964 GSF

Was this new or renovated space?
Renovated

SF per person?
100

How many employees?
Approximately 60 max capacity

What is the average daily population?
Approximately 60 max capacity

Is there a mobile work or work from home policy? If so, what percent of employees are remote workers?
Depends on the tenant – this facility includes standard office and flexible workspace for short-term users

Describe workspace types.
Open plan with private offices

What kind of meeting spaces are provided?
Open “collision” spaces and glass-enclosed small conference rooms

What other kinds of support or amenity spaces are provided?
Coffee stations, service pantries, bus stop, and loaner bicycles

What are the projects location and proximity to public transportation and/or other amenities?
The project is located at North Old Town (1010 N. Fairfax St.) in Alexandria, VA with close proximity to Metro and bus stops, restaurants, and parking.

Was the “C” Suite involved in the project planning and design process?
The principal developer was actively involved in planning and design

What kind of programming or visioning activities were used?
Experiential analysis of the local office space market

Please describe any program requirements that were unique or required any special research or design requirements.
The added rooftop terrace required significant egress code research and analysis

Was there any emphasis or requirements on programming for health and wellbeing initiatives for employees?
Stress reduction components include amenity stations, water bottle fillers, social spaces and loaner bicycles for tenants’ exercise and convenience.

Are there any furnishings or spaces specifically included to promote wellness/wellbeing?
Roof Top terrace / outdoor workspace

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Interior Architects: Cole & Denny Architects

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Photos courtesy of Sisson Studios

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