The Latest News on D.C. Bar's New Home

November 13, 2017

 New Home logoKeep up with the latest news and progress as we work to build our new home at 901 4th Street NW. 

November 13, 2017

This week, the Building Advisory Task Force met for the sixteenth time in two years. Visiting the construction site for the first time since the Topping Off celebration in April, the Task Force toured the building and listened to a presentation on plans for branding the new headquarters. 

November 2017 Building Advisory Task Force

D.C. Bar CEO Bob Spagnoletti (right), and COO Matt Butler prepare to tour the grounds of the D.C. Bar's future home. 

November 2017 Building Advisory Task Force

A centerpiece of the building, marble will soon offer a finishing touch to this staircase leading to the second floor conference center. 

November 2017 Building Advisory Task Force

What looks like a construction zone now will ultimately transform into the D.C. Bar Boardroom. 

November 2017 Building Advisory Task Force

Furniture delivery has begun, and a row of cubicles turns an empty room into an office.  

November 2017 Building Advisory Task Force

A peek into an executive office showcases the natural light that will saturate the building. 


September 18, 2017

With the Bar's new home only months away from completion, the D.C. Bar Building Advisory Task Force met earlier this month to discuss milestones and overall project health.

Task Force members were pleased to see a visual representation of the progress made over the last year. 

D.C. Bar HQ, 9-16-16

An aerial view of the job site on September 16, 2016, taken via time-lapse camera, shows the beginning stages of construction. 

D.C. Bar HQ, 8-31-17

A very different scene a year later (August 31, 2017), glass encompasses the fully erect building and the roof deck begins to take shape. 

D.C. Bar HQ, 9-14-17

 D.C. Bar HQ, 9-7-17

On September 7, 2017, internal details show the beginnings of a functional office space. Glass-enclosed offices line the halls, and the indoor/outdoor fireplace and pergola on the roof deck form. The roof deck will soon serve as an intimate setting for D.C. Bar receptions and events. 

July 19, 2017

Building Advisory Task Force Meeting, July 13, 2017  

On July 13 the Building Advisory Task Force got a status update on the building's construction and technology capabilities, as well as the retail space available at our 901 4th Street headquarters. 

Task Force members were impressed to see the side-by-side comparisons of the building's construction progress in just two months since the last meeting. 


View of the D.C. Bar headquarters job site on May 5, 2017. 

D.C. Bar HQ, July 13, 2017 

View of the D.C. Bar headquarters job site on July 13, 2017. 

 May 9, 2017

The Building Advisory Task Force met on May 5 to discuss the inside scoop—literally. With the framework for the building's outer structure complete, the project team reviewed branding for the building, as well as the plans for a space designated for members to work. 


back of headquarters

Photos show the exterior construction progress, showcasing a posterior building view (above) and frontal building view (below) of the glass being installed. 


headquarters with windows

April 26, 2017

In her final days as the D.C. Bar's CEO, Katherine Mazzaferri visited the construction site to watch the first sheets of glass placed on our new headquarters. With the outer shell of the building taking shape, Mazzaferri can see the Bar's future neighborhood reflected in the windows of our new home.

D.C. Bar CEO, Katherine Mazzaferri

April 4, 2017

Friday marked a special day in the construction of our new home: our topping off ceremony! Our general contractor, Harvey Cleary, hosted a celebration to commemorate the completion of concrete being poured for all eight floors.

D.C. Bar Leadership, Topping Off Celebration

D.C. Bar Immediate Past President Tim Webster, current CEO Katherine Mazzaferri, future CEO Bob Spagnoletti, and Board of Governors and Building Advisory Task Force member Chris Zubowicz stand on the main level of our future headquarters.

D.C. Bar Leadership, Savills Studley

Mazzaferri and Spagnoletti discuss project progress and milestones with Jay Bothwell of Savills Studley. 

D.C. Bar HQ, Rooftop View

Guests were treated to an elevator ride to the top floor to take in the views from the roof deck. A little rain couldn't dampen the excitement.

Signed D.C. Bar HQ Building Beam 

Guests rounded out the day by signing a beam that will become a part of the building's structure, encapsulating all who have contributed to this massive project. 

To continue watching our progress unfold, check out our timelapse cam!

March 7, 2017

At Thursday's Building Advisory Task Force Meeting, the building project team updated task force members on the progress in constructing the Bar's new headquarters. The most exciting development: we're above ground! The fifth floor of the building was just completed, with the sixth floor currently in progress. 

D.C. Bar HQ, March 2, 2017 

D.C. Bar President Annamaria Steward, President-Elect Patrick McGlone, and immediate Past-President Tim Webster discuss interior tile, fabric, and panel options with Vandana Dake of Alliance Architecture. 

D.C. Bar HQ, March, 2017

During the meeting, task force members were treated to a tour of the grounds—the first public tour of the building—and were enthusiastic about the progress being made. Below, the group takes a moment to enjoy the view from the second floor, standing in what will soon be the Bar's state-of-the-art conference area. 

D.C. Bar HQ, March, 2017

November 16, 2016

Already ahead of schedule! At yesterday's construction and development meeting, the team noted that the concrete would be poured earlier than planned. 

Building Project Meeting, November 15

Victor Velazquez, D.C. Bar COO, and Bonnie Montgomery, former Board of Governors member and director of administration at Hunton & Williams LLP, and now serving as a project manager for the Bar's headquarters project, are on site reviewing progress reports.

Victor Velazquez with Bonnie Montgomery

November 3, 2016

Safety first! Members of the Building Advisory Task Force put on their hard hats and got to work touring the construction site for our new home, viewing renderings and speaking with leaders from the Mt. Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District about the great things happening in the neighborhood. Come join us on a photo tour!

BATF Meeting

October 20, 2016

Our building project has reached another critical milestone as a crane has been brought to our site. Dozens of professionals are focused on the success of the D.C. Bar's largest and most significant endeavor, which will save the Bar $25 to $32 million over the next 30 years.

Crane at building site

September 29, 2016

Victor Velazquez, the D.C. Bar's COO, meets with the construction team and surveys the site. 

Victor Velazquez at building site

Victor Velazquez with construction team

Crews have dug a few floors deep and reinforcement walls are in place!

Building site construction, September 29

September 22, 2016

Our construction crews are hard at work! Missed the construction of our new home so far? Don't forget to check out our timelapse camera to see how far we've come over the last three months. 

Building site construction, September 2016

August 23, 2016

While our building project team was meeting inside to discuss logistics...

Building Project Meeting, August 2016 roars along outside at the building site!

Building site construction, August 2016

June 28, 2016

As construction begins on our new home over the upcoming months, come back and watch the progress on our new timelapse video. We may not have a cute baby bald eagles cam, but exciting things are still happening at the Bar!

June 20, 2016

Associations Now covers the strategy behind building the Bar's new headquarters, from reaching out to members to get input and survey their professional needs to how to guide stakeholders through a significant change for an organization. The Bar's COO Victor Velazquez discusses the strategic process that informed the Bar's decision to go from an idea of building a new home to breaking ground.

June 15, 2016

See what you missed at our groundbreaking ceremony on June 6!


June 6, 2016

And we're off! D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with other local officials and Bar leadership, were on hand as we celebrated the groundbreaking of our new home in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Get complete coverage of the event!

Muriel Bowser, D.C. Bar home groundbreaking

May 10, 2016

Going up? Checking out potential elevators for the Bar's headquarters. In our new home, the elevators will take visitors up through seven floors and the rooftop. The first floor will be a retail space, while more than four floors will be devoted to the Bar's offices, as well as services and resources for our members.


Building team reviews elevators for the new building

April 28, 2016

A behind the scenes look at the D.C. Bar's Building Development Project Team as they go over final details for their presentation before the District of Columbia Zoning Commission. The team, with additional development and zoning experts, discussed the best place for the entrance of a parking garage at the Bar's new headquarters. Their meticulous planning paid off. On April 28 the Bar received approval for a location that will save the Bar nearly $500,000.

Pictured below are Allison Prince, Goulston & Storrs PC, zoning and land use attorney; Robert Knopf III, Quadrangle Development Corp., senior vice president, development project management; Graham Davidson, Hartman-Cox Architects, exterior architect; Erwin Andres, Gorove/Slade, principal, traffic consultant; and Jay Bothwell, Savills Studley senior managing director.

New Home Public Space Hearing Pre-Meeting   New Home Public Space Hearing Pre-Meeting 2

April 26, 2016

New Home, Testing Glass

Jay Bothwell of Savills Studley tests the glass for our new building. The building will be primarily made of glass, maximizing the natural light for all of our visitors and staff. 

How's it looking, Jay? 







April 5, 2016

Sixteen members of the Building Development Project Team gathered to discuss the next steps in getting the plans ready for the building's groundbreaking.

Building Development Project Team, April 2016 meeting

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Related Resource:

February 2016 Washington LawyerRead the February 2016 Washington Lawyer for more in-depth interviews and coverage of the D.C. Bar's new headquarters.