Lowe Enterprises launches Crystal City office project in US

Real estate development firm Lowe Enterprises has launched a $70m plan to redevelop a 13-storey office building in Crystal City, Virginia, US.

Lowe Enterprises senior vice president Harmar Thompson said the building is currently being stripped down to its structural concrete frame.

"A new floor-to-ceiling glass facade will be installed to maximize natural light, provide energy efficiency and capture the spectacular views," Thompson said.

The plans also include reorientation of the building lobby towards the intersection of 15th Street and Crystal Drive to improve access and enhance the pedestrian experience.

A penthouse terrace will be added to make use of the building's views of the Potomac River, downtown Washington, DC, the US Capitol and historic monuments.

Existing floor plates of the building will be expanded to allow for flexible office configurations and maximise views; the property is also expected to secure LEED Gold certification after the redevelopment.

Upon the completion of its base building renovation in April 2013, the redeveloped facility will have a fitness centre, new mechanical and electrical systems and lifts.

Fox Architects are providing architectural services for the project while The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company is the general contractor.

In early 2008, Lowe purchased the property on behalf of an investment client and serves as property and development manager for 1400 Crystal Drive, as well as adjacent office building Jefferson Plaza.