D.C.-based medical society’s new HQ garners design awards

Two real estate associations honor ASTRO office for its interiors

ARLINGTON, Va., December 15, 2016 – Six months after moving in, the interior design accolades are stacking up for the new headquarters of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). Earlier this month, the Northern Virginia chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, presented ASTRO with their Award of Excellence in the Interiors category of its 2016 design awards. In October, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Washington, D.C., honored the Society with its Best Interiors Award.

“These awards echo what ASTRO staff and members have already been saying about our new space: the open environment, collaborative meeting areas and glass-walled offices create an atmosphere that’s cooperative and integrated—and on the cutting-edge of interior design,” said Laura I. Thevenot, chief executive officer of ASTRO.

The Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Awards recognize and celebrate significant new contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate community. As the chapter's premier event, the awards program recognizes the outstanding individuals who provide contributions to the design environment. CREW DC’s annual awards celebrate real estate achievements in the commercial real estate industry, including recognitions in developments and interiors work that demonstrate excellence, impact and vision within the Washington-area’s real estate industry.

“These awards are some of the most prestigious recognitions in the architecture and design industry,” said Jay Choi of Davis Carter Scott (DCS), lead architect on the project. “They are also a recognition of ASTRO, who gave us their support and trusted our vision for their new space. It was truly a team effort, and these awards reflect that collaboration.”

The office is located in Crystal City, an urban community just minutes from Washington, D.C, and adjacent to Reagan National Airport. Choi’s task was to create an internal flow and connection while maximizing natural light.

“With ASTRO members and visitors encompassing radiation oncologists, researchers and patients, it was important to create a sense of serenity and calm throughout the new space,” said Choi. “To achieve that goal, the design features natural materials, such as stacked stone and wood, as well as soft curves and unique, illuminated sculptural elements in the reception area created to evoke the DNA helix.”

Directly off the reception area is a large conference center and pantry divided by a sky-fold partition—creating one large gathering area while maintaining a sleek modern look.  Utilizing materials such as glass walls, unconventional "zig-zag" wall layouts and clean, crisp finishes, DCS was able to achieve the space ASTRO was striving for.

“We now have an inviting, convenient space where we can meet with our Society members for meetings, Board and medical education and other Society business—and importantly, it is a work environment that our staff members love,” said Thevenot. “ASTRO is most grateful to the entire design, construction and management team for creating the space for us.”

Bognet Construction was the builder on the project. Cushman & Wakefield provided brokerage services and project management.

To view or download high-resolution images of the ASTRO office, click here. Photos courtesy of DCS/Jay Choi.

For more information, contact Leah Kerkman Fogarty, Communications Manager, at 703-839-7336 or leah.fogarty@astro.org or Liz Gardner, Media Relations Manager, Communications Manager, at 703-286-1600 or liz.gardner@astro.org.  

ABOUT ASTRO

ASTRO is the premier radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals that specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy. ASTRO publishes three medical journals, International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (www.redjournal.org), Practical Radiation Oncology (www.practicalradonc.org) and Advances in Radiation Oncology (www.advancesradonc.org); developed and maintains an extensive patient website, RT Answers (www.rtanswers.org); and created the Radiation Oncology Institute (www.roinstitute.org), a nonprofit foundation to support research and education efforts around the world that enhance and confirm the critical role of radiation therapy in improving cancer treatment. To learn more about ASTRO, visit www.astro.org.

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ASTRO is the premier radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals that specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy. ASTRO publishes two medical journals, International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (www.redjournal.org) and Practical Radiation Oncology (www.practicalradonc.org); developed and maintains an extensive patient website, www.rtanswers.org; and created the Radiation Oncology Institute (www.roinstitute.org), a non-profit foundation to support research and education efforts around the world that enhance and confirm the critical role of radiation therapy in improving cancer treatment. To learn more about ASTRO, visit www.astro.org.

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