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Center for Strategic and International Studies

This project is the new headquarters for one of the leading think tanks in Washington, DC. This project has achieved LEED Platinum, one of only 4 buildings in Washington, Dc to achieve this status.The building was designed to be fully occupied by the owner. The exterior design takes some of its character from the National Gallery of Art East Wing. The exterior cladding is 2” thick Tennessee Pink marble, and the building design calls for solid 6” corners, to create massive acute angled perspectives. The elegant impeccably blended marble cladding frames the main elevation planer glass curtain wall, and at the 9th floor dramatically cuts back to form a 1,500sqft stone soffit for the directors balcony.

This 9th floor soffit spans 86’ wide without a column, and was designed for 3’ deflection. The original design called for 2” thick soffit panels, but this weigh was deemed far too heavy for the expected snow load deflections so Rugo developed a design using light weigh ¼” thick stone faced aluminum honeycomb panels to reduce the load to 7 lbs/sqft vs 35 lbs/sqft. This entire soffit deflection condition was a very unique challenge, and Rugo’s solution, to the knowledge of all the team members had never been done.

All of the arcade level column cladding is a series of parallelograms, which made all of the panel fabrication and alignment very complicated, all of the acute and obtuse angles created a zero tolerance plan configuration condition which made the fabrication and installation very challenging. Winner 2014 MIA Pinnacle Award for Excellence.

Location: Washington, DC
Completion: 2014
Owner: Center for Strategic and International Studies
Architect: Hickok Cole Architects
General Contractor: Hitt Contracting
35,000 sqft
Services: Design, Fabricate, and install interior marble walls, floors, stairs, desk

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