Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours: Urban Land Institute Headquarters

Twenty Summit attendees were treated to a tour of one of D.C.’s most sustainable buildings – the headquarters of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The mission of ULI is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Attendees enjoyed a short presentation by a representative from Studios Architects – the firm responsible for refreshing the building. The architect explained how modifications to an old building, in addition to allowing opportunities for efficiency upgrades, are intrinsically more sustainable than tearing down and rebuilding a space. The presentation was followed by a tour of the two-story office space, which has been constructed to the D.C. Green Code, with abundant natural light reducing the requirement for electric lighting, and high-efficiency office equipment and occupancy sensors further improving building efficiency. A unique feature of the ULI office is that almost all of the employees working in the space have no fixed desk, but are able to occupy a seat in one of the many themed work-zones. A case-study with more information on the ULI HQ building can be found on the ULI website.

Check out these photos of the ULI headquarters; thank you to Studio Architects and the Urban Land Institute!

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The new ULI office headquarters is located in a recently updated building at 2001 L Street, N.W., in the heart of Washington, D.C.








The new ULI offices are located on two levels and feature light-filled café/common areas and flexible workspaces, all of which are designed to encourage collaboration and communication among staff.







Some workspaces are designed to be quiet and library-like, with tables and couches and no formal workstation terminals.