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Group Goetz Architects had already committed to design excellence in its AIA-award-winning central Washington, D.C., office space. When the firm decided to relocate to the Georgetown neighborhood, it wanted its new space to reflect not only its aesthetic principles but also its ecological ones, pursuing a LEED Platinum interior on one floor of a seven-story, non-LEED-certified building.

GGA Offices

When Group Goetz Architects designed its new office space, it decided to showcase its sustainable practice.

GGA Offices

When Group Goetz Architects designed its new office space, it decided to showcase its sustainable practice.

  • Group Goetz Architects had already committed to design excellence in its AIA-award-winning central Washington, D.C., office space. When the firm decided to relocate to the Georgetown neighborhood, it wanted its new space to reflect not only its aesthetic principles but also its ecological ones, pursuing a LEED Platinum interior on one floor of a seven-story, non-LEED-certified building.

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    Group Goetz Architects had already committed to design excellence in its AIA-award-winning central Washington, D.C., office space. When the firm decided to relocate to the Georgetown neighborhood, it wanted its new space to reflect not only its aesthetic principles but also its ecological ones, pursuing a LEED Platinum interior on one floor of a seven-story, non-LEED-certified building.

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    Max Kun Zhang, GGA

    Group Goetz Architects had already committed to design excellence in its AIA-award-winning central Washington, D.C., office space. When the firm decided to relocate to the Georgetown neighborhood, it wanted its new space to reflect not only its aesthetic principles but also its ecological ones, pursuing a LEED Platinum interior on one floor of a seven-story, non-LEED-certified building.

  • Much of the systems furniture was repurposed from the firm's previous space. Cleaned up and reoriented, the workstations sit in an area with daylight pouring in through the windows; high-efficiency light fixtures on sensors reduce unnecessary electricity usage. - Task Lighitng - Artemide - Talak fixture - artemide.us - Lighting - Osram Sylvania - Low-mercury fluorescent bulbs - sylvania.com - Furniture System - Teknion - District desking system - teknion.com - Upholstery Fabric - KnollTextiles - Ricochet textile in Topaz - knolltextiles.com

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    Much of the systems furniture was repurposed from the firm's previous space. Cleaned up and reoriented, the workstations sit in an area with daylight pouring in through the windows; high-efficiency light fixtures on sensors reduce unnecessary electricity usage. - Task Lighitng - Artemide - Talak fixture - artemide.us - Lighting - Osram Sylvania - Low-mercury fluorescent bulbs - sylvania.com - Furniture System - Teknion - District desking system - teknion.com - Upholstery Fabric - KnollTextiles - Ricochet textile in Topaz - knolltextiles.com

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    Max Kun Zhang, GGA

    Much of the systems furniture was repurposed from the firm's previous space. Cleaned up and reoriented, the workstations sit in an area with daylight pouring in through the windows; high-efficiency light fixtures on sensors reduce unnecessary electricity usage.

    Task Lighitng
    Artemide
    Talak fixture
    artemide.us

    Lighting
    Osram Sylvania
    Low-mercury fluorescent bulbs
    sylvania.com

    Furniture System
    Teknion
    District desking system
    teknion.com

    Upholstery Fabric
    KnollTextiles
    Ricochet textile in Topaz
    knolltextiles.com

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    Courtesy Group Goetz Architects

  • In contrast to the stark whiteness of the rest of the space, the waiting area is coated in black paint and film from 3M, with black leather furniture. This area is set off from the rest of the space by glass panels coated with GlassFilm Enterprises film, which is clear when viewed straight on but appears frosted when viewed from an angle. - Ceiling - 3M - Blackout film in matte black - 3m.com - Glass film - GlassFilm Enterprises - Lumisty control film on 1/2" glass - glassfilmenterprises.com - Yellow Glass - McGrory Glass - Color-matched yellow tinted glass - mcgrory-glass.com - Chair - Cassina - Le Corbusier LC3 lounge chair - cassinausa.com

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    In contrast to the stark whiteness of the rest of the space, the waiting area is coated in black paint and film from 3M, with black leather furniture. This area is set off from the rest of the space by glass panels coated with GlassFilm Enterprises film, which is clear when viewed straight on but appears frosted when viewed from an angle. - Ceiling - 3M - Blackout film in matte black - 3m.com - Glass film - GlassFilm Enterprises - Lumisty control film on 1/2" glass - glassfilmenterprises.com - Yellow Glass - McGrory Glass - Color-matched yellow tinted glass - mcgrory-glass.com - Chair - Cassina - Le Corbusier LC3 lounge chair - cassinausa.com

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    Max Kun Zhang, GGA

    In contrast to the stark whiteness of the rest of the space, the waiting area is coated in black paint and film from 3M, with black leather furniture. This area is set off from the rest of the space by glass panels coated with GlassFilm Enterprises film, which is clear when viewed straight on but appears frosted when viewed from an angle.

    Ceiling
    3M
    Blackout film in matte black
    3m.com

    Glass film
    GlassFilm Enterprises
    Lumisty control film on 1/2" glass
    glassfilmenterprises.com

    Yellow Glass
    McGrory Glass
    Color-matched yellow tinted glass
    mcgrory-glass.com

    Chair
    Cassina
    Le Corbusier LC3 lounge chair
    cassinausa.com

  • The reception desk is one of the few pieces of completely new furniture in the space and was customized with FSC-certified walnut panels. Other new finishes, where possible, were chosen for high recycled content and local sourcing. - Storage - Inscape Solutions - Storwal storage system - inscapesolutions.com - Reception Desk - Tuohy - Custom desk in FSC-certified walnut - tuohyfurniture.com - Stool - Kristalia - BCN stool - kristalia.it

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    The reception desk is one of the few pieces of completely new furniture in the space and was customized with FSC-certified walnut panels. Other new finishes, where possible, were chosen for high recycled content and local sourcing. - Storage - Inscape Solutions - Storwal storage system - inscapesolutions.com - Reception Desk - Tuohy - Custom desk in FSC-certified walnut - tuohyfurniture.com - Stool - Kristalia - BCN stool - kristalia.it

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    Max Kun Zhang, GGA

    The reception desk is one of the few pieces of completely new furniture in the space and was customized with FSC-certified walnut panels. Other new finishes, where possible, were chosen for high recycled content and local sourcing.

    Storage
    Inscape Solutions
    Storwal storage system
    inscapesolutions.com

    Reception Desk
    Tuohy
    Custom desk in FSC-certified walnut
    tuohyfurniture.com

    Stool
    Kristalia
    BCN stool
    kristalia.it

  • The main hallway isn't just for reception and circulation. A conference space, library shelving, and an employee lounge with a fireplace also are located there. - Conference Table - Kristalia - Sushi table - kristalia.it - Chair - Fritz Hansen - Arne Jacobsen Series 7 side chair - fritzhansen.com - Linear fluorescent light fixtures - Zumtobel - High-efficiency ceiling fixtures - zumtobel.us

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    The main hallway isn't just for reception and circulation. A conference space, library shelving, and an employee lounge with a fireplace also are located there. - Conference Table - Kristalia - Sushi table - kristalia.it - Chair - Fritz Hansen - Arne Jacobsen Series 7 side chair - fritzhansen.com - Linear fluorescent light fixtures - Zumtobel - High-efficiency ceiling fixtures - zumtobel.us

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    Max Kun Zhang, GGA

    The main hallway isn't just for reception and circulation. A conference space, library shelving, and an employee lounge with a fireplace also are located there.

    Conference Table

    Kristalia
    Sushi table
    kristalia.it

    Chair
    Fritz Hansen
    Arne Jacobsen Series 7 side chair
    fritzhansen.com

    Linear fluorescent light fixtures
    Zumtobel
    High-efficiency ceiling fixtures
    zumtobel.us

  • The design studio has an egalitarian setup: Even the firm executives sit at workstations in the open-plan space. Employees can expect to move around as project teams form clusters and groups are reorganized when new work comes into the office. - Carpet - Interface Global - Customized First Ave. carpet tile - interfaceglobal.com - Window Shades - MechoShade - Motorized concealed shades - mechoshade.com - Monitor Mount - Humanscale - M4 monitor mounts - humanscale.com - Furniture System - Knoll - Current System furniture - knoll.com

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    The design studio has an egalitarian setup: Even the firm executives sit at workstations in the open-plan space. Employees can expect to move around as project teams form clusters and groups are reorganized when new work comes into the office. - Carpet - Interface Global - Customized First Ave. carpet tile - interfaceglobal.com - Window Shades - MechoShade - Motorized concealed shades - mechoshade.com - Monitor Mount - Humanscale - M4 monitor mounts - humanscale.com - Furniture System - Knoll - Current System furniture - knoll.com

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    Max Kun Zhang, GGA

    The design studio has an egalitarian setup: Even the firm executives sit at workstations in the open-plan space. Employees can expect to move around as project teams form clusters and groups are reorganized when new work comes into the office.

    Carpet
    Interface Global
    Customized First Ave. carpet tile
    interfaceglobal.com

    Window Shades
    MechoShade
    Motorized concealed shades
    mechoshade.com

    Monitor Mount
    Humanscale
    M4 monitor mounts
    humanscale.com

    Furniture System
    Knoll
    Current System furniture
    knoll.com

When Group Goetz Architects (GGA) decided to move from the central business district of Washington, D.C., to the Georgetown neighborhood, the firm saw an opportunity to put its philosophy into practice and create one of the city’s few LEED Platinum office interiors. “We wanted the office to be the highest level LEED that we could achieve,” says Lewis J. Goetz, president and CEO. “It’s hard to be talking to your clients about LEED when your own space is not at a high level.”

Achieving platinum presented a challenge since the seven-story K Street building was not LEED certified. It did offer a green roof, bike parking with showers, and proximity to mass transit, but the interior needed special consideration. GGA worked with the landlord on ways to affordably incorporate sustainable elements into the buildout of its 12,640-square-foot shell as well as in the communal bathrooms shared with other tenants. The interior design harnesses natural daylight from three walls of windows, flooding more than 90 percent of the office with light. Low-mercury fluorescent bulbs by Osram Sylvania in fixtures by Zumtobel are controlled by a system of sensors and dimmers that reduce lighting use by 35 percent. Furniture from the old office was repurposed, and the new furniture and finishing materials are renewable and locally sourced. In all, the design nets 44 points on the LEED rating system.

In addition to sustainability considerations, GGA also wanted the new environment to foster collaboration and mobility. The office is organized around one main artery that separates two primary work areas. On one end is the reception area; on the other, the designers’ work studio.

The main corridor houses public functions such as a library, an employee lounge with a fireplace, and conference rooms. In the designers’ studio, there are no private offices. All staff, including the executive team, works out of large open spaces with stunning views of the city. “It’s an egalitarian and dynamic environment,” Goetz says. And then there are the other perks, such as healthy vending machines and wine and espresso bars.

The resultant space is a bright modern interior that belies its green credentials, an achievement that was very much by design. “Clients walking in don’t think it’s necessarily LEED,” Goetz says. “I wanted to show people that you could make beautiful spaces that can also be LEED Platinum.”


  • Lewis J. Goetz, President and CEO, Group Goetz Architects
    Lewis J. Goetz, President and CEO, Group Goetz Architects
  • Mansour Maboudian, Principal, Director of Sustainable Design, Group Goetz Architects
    Mansour Maboudian, Principal, Director of Sustainable Design, Group Goetz Architects


Project Group Goetz Architects Washington, D.C. Offices
Location Washington, D.C.
Client Group Goetz Architects
Architect Group Goetz Architects, Washington, D.C.—Lewis J. Goetz (president and CEO); Mansour Maboudian (principal, director of sustainable design); Elizabeth Cockerham (chief administrative officer); Rina H.K. Li (associate, project design leader); Amber Kwasniewski, Laura Madge (project designers)
M/E/P Engineer Charles Szollosy
Construction Dietz Construction
Size 12,640 square feet
Cost $885,000


THE SPEC LIST

Power

Power poles
Unistrut
unistrut.com

Ceilings

Optima open plan ceiling tiles
Armstrong
armstrong.com

Optima ceiling grid
Armstrong
armstrong.com

Finishes

FSC-certified walnut panel
Tuohy
tuohyfurniture.com

White marble slab
Rugo Stone
rugostone.com

Blackout film in matte black
3M
3m.com

D Line door pulls
Carl F International
carlf.com

Window shades
MechoShade
mechoshade.com

Furniture

Storwal storage system
Inscape Solutions
inscapesolutions.com

Sushi tables
Kristalia
kristalia.it

Arne Jacobsen Series 7 side chair
Fritz Hansen
fritzhansen.com

Sarapis stool
Driade
driade.com

Custom desk in FSC-certified walnut
Tuohy
tuohyfurniture.com

BCN stool
Kristalia
kristalia.it

Deer bench in white
Quinze and Milan
quinzeandmilan.tv

Le Corbusier LC3 lounge chair
Cassina
cassinausa.com

District desking system
Teknion
teknion.com

Current System furniture
Knoll
knoll.com

Current System shelves
Knoll
knoll.com

Eames round table with white marble top
Herman Miller
hermanmiller.com

M4 monitor mounts
Humanscale
humanscale.com

Eames aluminum lounge chair
Herman Miller
hermanmiller.com

Fabrics

Ricochet textile in Topaz
KnollTextiles
knolltextiles.com

Lighting

High-efficiency ceiling fixtures
Zumtobel
zumtobel.us

Light fixtures
Lighting Services Inc.
lightingservicesinc.com

Custom fixture
Artemide
artemide.us

Automated lighting control system
Sensor Switch
sensorswitch.com

Talak fixture
Artemide
artemide.us

Task lighting control system
Artemide
artemide.us

Light fixture
Bartco Lighting
bartcolighting.com

Low-mercury fluorescent bulbs
Osram Sylvania
sylvania.com

Flooring

Lonstage UV sheet vinyl flooring in shiny white
Lonseal
lonseal.com

Customized First Ave. carpet tile
Interface Global
interfaceglobal.com

Tac Tiles carpet installation system
Interface Global
interfaceglobal.com

Glass

Lumisty control film on ½" glass
Glassfilm Enterprises
glassfilmenterprises.com

Back-painted glass
Bendheim
bendheim.com

Color-matched yellow glass
McGrory Glass
mcgrory-glass.com