Washington, DC

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

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130,000 SF office and 50,000 SF below-grade parking

LEED Certification


2015 IIDA Mid-Atlantic Design Awards Merit Award for 100,000 SF and Above

2015 Marble Institute of America Pinnacle Award Interior Commercial Stonework

2014 Metropolitan Washington and Virginia Chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction Award Commercial Category

2014 Washington Building Congress (WBC) Cratsmanship Award Masonry Interior Stone and Marble

Hickok Cole Architects designed a new built-to-suit, Class A office building for the headquarters of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) at 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW. CSIS is a nonprofit, international policy institution based in Washington, DC. The 130,000 SF, 9-story new building features a multi-story entry lobby connecting three levels of world-class conferencing facilities. The upper floors, which are dedicated to CSIS scholars and staff, are organized around a central informal meeting place called “The Commons.” The façade along Rhode Island Avenue is composed of a strong stone frame surrounding an elegant glass skin, which opens toward Scott Circle. The permanence and tradition of stone are appropriate for a main avenue in Washington, DC and for a major institution while the frame is a dynamic and memorable form that symbolizes the international presence of CSIS.

CSIS Global Data Chandelier from Sosolimited.