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1717 Rhode Island Ave.
Gallup Building
Cellular Communications Association Building
1500 Broadway
Plaza America
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committe
National Association of Reators'
NAR Tenant
Gallup Organization

Photos: Alain Jaramillo
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Inc.
Capitol Hill

Project Highlights
Karchem's Role: Development Management

For: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Inc.

Size: 14,000 SF

Budget: $6 million

Schedule: Fast Track, substantially completed in 16 weeks

Building Selection
Karchem Properties was initially hired to conduct due diligence on two properties that had been selected by the DSCC and its broker for the new DSCC headquarters. Negotiations for the acquisition and rehabilitation of these two buildings failed as result of the Owner's inability to meet the DSCC space requirements and schedule.

Working closely with the DSCC and its broker, we evaluated suitable properties located near the Senate side of Capitol Hill. It was decided DSCC would acquire 120 Maryland Avenue, NE and a property just behind it, 119 Constitution Avenue, NE. To provide additional space, DSCC leased 122 Maryland Avenue, NE.

Karchem Properties worked with DSCC, its broker and attorney to negotiate the purchase from the ACLU of 120 Maryland Avenue and 119 Constitution Avenue. Karchem Properties worked with DSCC and its attorney to lease most of 122 Maryland Avenue.

Design and Construction Management
We rehabilitated three buildings for DSCC staff offices, Senators’ offices and reception areas. At 119 Constitution, a basement was excavated to house the LAN system of the DSCC. The existing wood structure was upgraded, repaired and adapted for office use. A new fire and life safety system was installed. All three buildings were upgraded for handicap access with a new elevator, wheelchair lift, accessible toilets and various ramps from each of the building and to Maryland Avenue. The space leased by the DSCC at 122 Maryland Avenue was rehabilitated while the Mott Trust staff occupied the balance of the space.

Built in 1899, 120 Maryland Avenue was designed by Francis B. Weller in the Gothic style with brick and concrete formed to appear as rusticated stone. The Mott House, formerly the Hiram W. Johnson House, at 122 Maryland Avenue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was built between 1817 and 1822.

Technology Coordination
Karchem Properties coordinated installation of the voice and data cabling, security system and relocation of the telephone switch. We procured an AV package consisting of flat screen televisions, cable TV and sound system.

Relocation Management
We managed the relocation of the DSCC from its former offices to the new buildings. We managed the design, procurement, delivery and installation of new furniture, fixtures and equipment for the offices, catering pantry, garden and conference and meeting rooms.