Case Study

American Society of Interior Designers

Nonprofits and Associations

Savills Secured Centrally-Located Building for Nonprofit and Negotiated Long-Term Lease

CHALLENGE

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) engaged Savills to assist them in the sale of their headquarters building on Capitol Hill where they occupied office space spanning three floors. ASID wanted to relocate to interim space and try various office configuration concepts before determining the ideal plan for the organization. The goal was to identify space that would foster innovation and create opportunities for collaboration between employees. After thoughtful evaluation, ASID was ready to commit to a long-term home and tapped Savills again to meticulously handle the challenge.

SITUATION

As an organization at the forefront of the design world, ASID elected in their design and construction to pursue LEED Platinum and WELL Platinum, the highest designation administered by International WELL Building Institute—which verifies that the office interior is designed to improve wellness and health for inhabitants. Given ASID’s goals on WELL in particular, ASID challenged Savills to identify suitable spaces in buildings that could accommodate the unique specifications for the WELL platinum designation. Savills initiated a comprehensive analysis of the office market, including ASID’s workplace and workforce strategies to identify a centrally-located, progressive building suitable for a long-term lease. Furthermore, Savills worked to educate the owners of the buildings that were considered since WELL in 2015 was virtually unheard of to anyone in the market.

RESULTS

ASID signed a favorable 11-year lease for an 8,700 SF space ideally located at 1152 15th Street NW on the border of the East End and Central Business Districts in Washington, DC. Savills guided the process to ensure that the lease agreement, design of the space, and construction of the premises would be in compliance with the WELL Platinum and LEED Platinum certifications. This required close collaboration with the architecture team, along with the building ownership, general contractor and outside consultants. After moving in, ASID went through the certification process and was the first organization in the world to achieve both LEED Platinum and WELL Platinum certification.

Post occupancy surveys have studied comparisons between the space ASID had previously occupied and the newly certified headquarters. Here a few of the highlights from the report:

• 9% increase in collaborative work among staff. WELL is in part operational, providing guidance for companies to implement both policies and strategic design initiatives such as open office seating.

• 25% of employees attributed circadian lighting at the new office for their enhanced sleep quality.

• 92% increase in satisfaction with acoustical quality. Sound levels were reduced 50 percent from the new open office to the previous co-working office in order to meet WELL’s high performance verified criteria.

• 110% increase in air quality satisfaction. WELL’s Air Concept sets performance standards for indoor air quality based on research that draws connections with cognitive performance and health concerns.