Impact of Design Series, Vol. 1


In May 2016, ASID moved in to their new association headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. The primary goal was to create a space that supported health, wellness, and the well-being of employees, which would improve the organization’s productivity, engagement, and retention. ASID represents the design industry through cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, and among design practitioners, students, manufacturers, and suppliers.

Project Type

Corporate office (Workplace)


Washington, D.C.


8,500 SF

Case Brief By

Perkins+Will in collaboration with ASID

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*Note: The original research document (released in Dec 2017) was updated in Aug. 2018 to address a section in Lighting and to update links.

The Design Challenge

Create a living laboratory for the “Workplace of the Future,” which becomes a model for innovative workplace design where collaboration, flexibility, sustainability, and occupant well-being are the primary design drivers. Additionally, to achieve LEED Platinum and WELL Platinum certification to receive third-party validation on the main goals of occupant well-being and sustainability.


The Design Solution 

  • Free address
  • Workspace choice
  • Active design
  • Healthy materials
  • Biophilic design
  • Circadian lighting
Impact of Design
  • Collaborative work increased 9%
  • Physical health and mental health scores improved
  • Productivity increased 16%, yielding an estimated increase of $694,000 financial impact to the Society’s bottom line during the first year of occupancy (expected to yield a $7M increase in financial impact during the total 10-year lease agreement, given a consistent improvement rate)
  • Energy savings amount to $7,636, 38.2 ton= of coal not burned, and 72.9 ton of CO2 not= emitted, during first 15 months of occupancy

Energy Saving by Strategy

  • Construction cost: $153/sf (includes costs covering building enhancements that were not shared by other tenants on the floor)
  • Furniture cost: $28/sf (includes discounting)
  • Programming and Visioning – April 2015
  • Schematic Design – May 2015
  • Design Development – June/July 2015
  • Construction Documents – August – October 2015
  • Construction – November 2015 – May 2016
Project Team
  • Architect/Designer: Perkins+Will
  • Project Manager: Savills Studley
  • Real Estate Broker: Savills Studley
  • General Contractor: Rand* Construction
  • MEP Engineer: GHT Limited
  • Acoustical Consultants: Cerami
  • Lighting Consultants: Benya Burnett
  • Biophilia Consultants: Terrapin Bright Green
  • Commissioning Agent: Bios

*This tour was created in partnership with the University of Florida, Department of Interior Design


Take an interactive tour of ASID HQ’s new office.