The new flagship location will open at 800 Maine Street, SW in January 2018, with a soft opening planned for this December. The new location will comprise the second and third floors of the building with 43,880 square feet of office space, and will be the McLean, Va.–based company’s eighth location in the District.
The Wharf is a mixed-use development from PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette, both longtime D.C. developers. The first phase of the development is complete, and grand opening ceremonies have already celebrated its arrival on October 12.
“Our intention is to be considered another resource and amenity for Hoffman-Madison Waterfront’s dream project, providing the condo and apartment residents and other office tenants great office, meeting, touchdown and event space options,” said MakeOffices CEO Zach Wade, who has been at the helm of the company since May.
The office space was designed by Gensler, a global architecture firm, and features a water view of the District Pier. The capacity will offer 99 total offices, with the ability to accommodate up to 18 people, in addition to the 48 dedicated “bullpen” desks.
“We’re planting a flag at the Wharf with our newest location,” said Reid Fetters, Chief Real Estate Development Officer of MakeOffices. “Our goal is for the MakeOffices community to unite with the excitement and newness of the bustling waterfront community. This begins with partnering with the new businesses—bookstores, yoga studios, restaurateurs, mixologists—and working together…coworking if you will…to lay a foundation that lasts beyond the development’s construction.”
“We want PN Hoffman and all the office tenants, residents and retailers to be able to lean on MakeOffices when they need solutions for office space, conferencing, or even just a place to pop into before an event at the Anthem,” said Fetters.
After phase two of the more than $2 billion Wharf development is fully built-out, there will be 14 entire buildings with 10 acres of public space and parks on the water.
To integrate the immense Wharf community into the region, planners used a transit-oriented development approach. There’s a water taxi route which connects to Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria and National Harbor—plus a neighborhood shuttle, extended bus lines and four new Capital Bikeshare stations.
MakeOffices, which was founded in 2012 in Arlington, Va., is pre-selling the spaces now and has a projected commitment of 50 percent occupancy by the opening. Coworking members get access to the seven other D.C.–area locations, and its Philadelphia and Chicago spaces.