Success Stories

Save the Children

Washington, DC
58,000 SF
Cresa Washington DC
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Client Objectives

Save the Children (“STC”) is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for its commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, STC’s work takes it into the heart of communities, where they help children and families help themselves. STC works with other organizations, governments, nonprofits and a variety of local partners while maintaining its own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.


STC had five (5) years left on their lease in 2000 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, when they found they had grown as much as they could in the building. In addition, the building was sold, and a major renovation was planned which would create much higher rents than STC was willing to pay. STC’s initial project goals were to find a building that would assume the remaining lease liability, have large floor plates to provide maximum efficiency and reduce the rate per square foot. Cresa was able to identify several properties with landlords willing to assume the termination penalty. One of which was in the East End of Washington, DC, one in the emerging NoMa market of Washington, DC, as well as one in Crystal City, VA. After performing staff surveys and demographic studies of where the STC staff attended meetings, the Crystal City option was eliminated. By the end of the negotiations the two Washington, DC, property costs were almost identical, so other project goals were considered.

East End Property

Since STC was located at 20th and L, the East End property (located at 13th and L) provided the least amount of disruption to the staff. The property was also recently renovated and provided tenants with a fitness center, employee lounge, large conferencing facility and small rooftop deck. These amenities were extremely desirable. The floor plates, however, were small so STC would operate on four floors. Also, it is a mid-block building, so the natural light was limited. The column spacing in the property is 20’ x 20’, so it was difficult for STC to design a large enough conference room to accommodate their 300 staff. Finally, the building HVAC systems were not renovated, so perimeter units created a less efficient floor plate.

NoMa Property

The NoMa market was not as desirable of a location for the staff; however, the proximity to Capitol Hill was desirable for their advocacy group. The submarket is only accessible to the red line Metro station. The building is occupied by the DC Health Department which was attractive to STC. The complex provides a fitness center and an outdoor courtyard for tenants’ use. The floor plates are over 36,000 rentable square feet, so STC would need one full floor and a portion of the floor below. The column spacing in the building is extremely large, and the landlord agreed to provide building signage.

Ultimately, STC selected the NoMa property at 899 North Capitol Street, NE, and through Change Management helped staff understand the importance of the relocation and the reasons this building was preferred.


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