MGAC managed the complex redevelopment of the iconic L’Enfant Plaza Hotel into the Hilton Washington, DC National Mall. The structure dates back to the original construction of L’Enfant Plaza—a landmark 1960s urban renewal project designed by I.M. Pei. Located in a 14-story mixed-use building, the hotel provides guests with convenient access to the National Mall and features modern, high-quality finishes, with plentiful city views.
The renovation of the property—which had been closed for four years—consists of 367 guestrooms, including 20 suites, and two presidential suites. The rooms were redone with the latest network technology including Gigabyte Passive Optical Network (GPON).
The 23,000 SF of public space renovation on the lower levels include two ballrooms, nine meeting rooms, a solarium, a business center, a restaurant, a lobby cafe and bar, a full-service kitchen, gift shop, a Starbucks, and a retail tenant. The 11th floor includes a new fitness center. A step up on the 12th floor, guests will be able to enjoy a swimming pool with city views.
The design involved presentation to and negotiations with the Commission of Fine Arts for substantial glass and balcony improvements. The scope encompassed interior demolition essentially down to the structures with exception of key mechanical and plumbing mains. Demolition also included significant hazardous material abatement. Due to the age of the building, design also required thorough survey and analysis of existing conditions to navigate through code requirements with the help of third party reviewers and inspectors.
As a newly branded Hilton, MGAC was involved in the franchise agreement negotiations and administered the approval process. In addition, because the hotel shares the building with a number of federal office tenants, MGAC led negotiations related to the shared central plant, utilities, and telecommunications.