The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) hired STUDIOS to assist with their new, Washington, D.C. headquarters. Intended to accommodate the organization for the next 30 years, the building needed to fulfill long-term real estate needs and stand as the organization’s public face to the federal government and the general community. Every detail of the building is a product of the loyalty and pride of the union’s workers: membership was tapped for the actual construction, and the materials and furnishings were created by union labor where possible.
The design concept incorporated the addition of two grand staircases, an elevator, and a separate, street-level entrance. Spread over seven floors, the IBEW program includes executive offices, suites, and a board room, as well as an auditorium, archival storage space, a historical museum, and a rooftop terrace featuring solar glass technology integrated into the architecture – a technique used here for the first time in Washington, D.C.
In every detail, from the carpet, woven by union workers, to the solar trellis’s photovoltaic panels manufactured in North Carolina, the IBEW building is a living testament to the creativity and strength of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.