By Lin Mao
On Friday, April 4, 2014, three ULI Washington Young Leaders mentorship groups joined to tour Akridge’s LEED Platinum office project in Dupont Circle at 1200 17th Street NW, Washington, DC. The project tour is hosted by Sean Flynn, Project Manager at Balfour Beatty, the general contractor, and Allen Beall,Associate Partner at ZGF Architects, the principal architect. A walk-through of a nearly-delivered core-and-shell building educates the mentees on multi-facted issues in construction and project management from the perspectives of both the general contractor and the architect, especially for a highly valued LEED Platinum office project that has been half pre-leased to a coveted tenant. Tour began with presentations by both the general contractor and the architect, then proceeded with detailed walk-through of three distinct floors (the lobby, a typical office level, and the high-ceiling top floor), and concluded with final thoughts on the building’s programmed roof deck.
ULI brings together industries that affect land use and community development; The ULI Washington Mentorship Program brings together industry leaders and rising professionals who are committed to responsible land use and sustainable community development. In the 2013-2014 cycle, the Mentorship Program has over 200+ Young Leader menteess and 40+ industry leaders dedicating their time to serve as mentors in 40+ groups. The tour of 1200 17th Street NW is only one of many, monthly, on-going events that enrich the program experience between mentors and mentees, which helps professionals of all levels broaden their industry knowledge and enhance expertise.