Bar Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Headquarters

June 6, 2016

DC Bar Headquarters NighttimeOn June 6 the District of Columbia Bar celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 100,000-square-foot headquarters at 901 4th St., NW, in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood in front of local officials, dignitaries, and D.C. Bar leadership. 

The Bar is the largest organization to plan a move to this area to date. It will occupy around two-thirds of the building, or nearly 70,000 square feet, with the rest set aside for lease by other companies, retailers or restaurants. This $70-million project is the largest in the Bar's history and will save the Bar at least $25–32 million in occupancy costs over 30 years.

The space, which is estimated to be completed by late 2017, will reflect the changing landscape for the D.C. Bar and the ways to support its members. It will include a video production studio for education programs and space for member collaboration. It will also feature more than a full floor of meeting and classroom space, given that the D.C. Bar hosts roughly 25,000 member visits a year for continuing education courses and many other events.

"In breaking ground, we open a new chapter for the Bar, one that will achieve long-term cost savings that were never before possible and that will greatly enhance our legal community," said Tim Webster, president of the D.C. Bar. 

"After several moves over the Bar's 40-plus-year history, it's good to have a permanent home," said longtime CEO Katherine Mazzaferri. 

"This building will serve as a state-of-the-art facility for our members, allowing us to provide them with more resources, while addressing our role as a Bar representing members in 50 states and 80-plus countries," said Victor Velazquez, the D.C. Bar's chief operating officer.

"The MVT CID is proud to welcome the D.C. Bar into the bustling Mt. Vernon Triangle area," said CID President Kenyattah Robinson. "We know they are going to both enjoy and contribute to our vibrant and authentic neighborhood."

The base building has been designed by Washington, D.C.-based Hartman-Cox Architects, and the interior design work was handled by Alliance Architecture, with offices in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and North Carolina.