Located in Bethesda, Maryland, Avocet Tower, despite being a transit-oriented space is already promising to have a lasting impact on the city’s new business landscape. With building elements like AI-powered smart glass and a Dedicated Outside Air System (DOAS), the mixed-use office-hotel hybrid combines bold architectural compositions from Pickard Chilton with high-tech finishes, putting occupant wellbeing at the forefront of its timeless and elegant design.
“Developers and architects are recognizing the strong connection between buildings and human health and experience, and are investing to make properties healthier, more energy efficient and more adaptive to user needs,” notes Brian Klansky, Regional Vice President of View, Inc., whose company provided the window elements.
In addition to providing greater occupant wellbeing, many of the elements selected for Avocet Tower have also made it one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the greater DC area. When complete, the tower will provide 400,000 square-feet of Class-A office space mixed with a 220-key hotel, as well as above- and below-grade parking.
Creating a More Natural Space
Though not immediately apparent, the effects of the building’s high-tech envelope are perhaps the most striking aspect. The glass façade’s shading system will allow for panoramic views and controlled natural light that reaches deep into the office spaces, complementing open floor plans and high ceilings. This design element also helps minimize heat and glare without the need for blinds.
“[The windows] were instrumental in our design goal to make Avocet Tower one of the healthiest, most energy efficient and smartest buildings in North America,” said Jon Pickard FAIA, RIBA, Principal of Pickard Chilton. “[They] helped us to create an experience centered around natural light, beautiful views and human wellness, while also lowering the carbon footprint of the building.”
While still in development, the project is already set to achieve LEED Platinum certification, with construction expected to wrap up later this year.
A Blend of Public and Private Amenities
Part of the goal of Avocet Tower is to not only enhance the Corridor by its immediate presence, but also enliven the greater metro area through its eclectic mix of public offerings. Centrally located near many mass transit options including the Metro Red line and future Purple Line, and in close proximity to Bethesda Row and Capital Crescent Trail, the tower will serve as one of the many travel hubs for downtown.
As such, the tower Pickard Chilton has designed an interwoven network of public, as well as private, amenity spaces. Work and gathering areas, as well as a restaurant, provide socializing locations for users as well as area residents, employees, and visitors within the popular urban core, according to the firm. There are also substantial outdoor areas that have been woven throughout the property, as well as an on-site fitness center. Touchless entryways have been included throughout, recognizing a safe and sanitary solution for access control in what is expected to be high-traffic areas.
Centrally located at 7373 Wisconsin Avenue, Avocet Tower is one of the most anticipated office developments of the Bethesda, with the facility expected to open later this year.