WASHINGTON, DC — Skanska USA Commercial Development, Inc. announced that Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a global law firm, has signed a lease for 114,598 s/f at 2112 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. This lease agreement comes three months after Skanska announced the speculative start of the project. 2112 Pennsylvania Ave., NW will be an 11-story, 250,000-s/f Trophy office building that includes 10,000 s/f of ground floor retail delivering in the first quarter of 2018.
“We were attracted to the building’s LEED Gold status, world-class design and efficient footprint which suited our size and requirements,” said Mark Nelson, administrative partner of Cleary Gottlieb’s Washington, DC office. “The new building is very close to our current location, ensuring a seamless transition and convenience for both our clients and our personnel.”
Cleary Gottlieb will occupy the top five floors of the building with a lease start date of January 1, 2019. Cleary Gottlieb has 16 offices around the world. The firm, currently located at 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, has been operating in Washington since 1946, the year of the firm’s founding.
“Cleary Gottlieb’s lease commitment at 2112 Penn occurring so early in the building’s construction is a vote of confidence for the project and allows us to truly customize the space to better meet their current and future needs,” said Robert Ward, executive vice president Skanska USA Commercial Development in Washington, DC. “With a premier location on Pennsylvania Avenue, our highly sustainable, innovative and elegant new building in the Central Business District offers Cleary Gottlieb employees easy access to amenities and transportation options.”
Brian Raher from Cushman & Wakefield represented Skanska and Moshe Sukenik and Aaron Katz from Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented Cleary Gottlieb.
In addition to 2112 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Skanska’s fourth development in the greater Washington region, the firm is developing 99 M St., SE, a 235,000 s/f office building under construction in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Planning is underway for Tyber Place, a three-building, mixed-use development in NoMa, that will include office, multifamily apartments and retail.