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DBIA Milestone: Location, Location, Location

As architects know, work environments have a profound impact on productivity, employee morale and an organization’s brand. DBIA has been located in Washington, D.C., since its founding but at four different locations, always outgrowing each one.

When DBIA was established in 1993, there were only two employees at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW: Jeff Beard, executive director, and his assistant, Lisa-Marie Castaldi. By the time DBIA had grown to eight staffers, the headquarters had moved to 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. From this office, we worked to pass reforms to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and launch some of our earliest education efforts.

DBIA’s third office space was located at 1100 H Street, NW, and was the largest office we had ever occupied. It was in this office that we began to expand our advocacy team, add staff to our education support team and increase support for members. As more people and businesses joined DBIA and design-build was authorized in more states than ever, we outgrew that office as well.

Just 18 months ago we moved to our current location at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, which allowed us to have a planned layout with room for additional staff in the future. Our current office also has the advantage of being much more modern and comfortable for members, staff and visitors. The larger space gives us the opportunity to host certain design-build courses right in our offices. It's much more sustainable too – enough so that the space earned a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Twenty years of growth has led to an expanded staff and office space at DBIA so that we’re better able to serve our members and promote design-build. We greatly look forward to our future expansion as the design-build delivery method continues to grow.


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