Last week, CustomInk's Headquarters was featured in INC. Magazine's "Companies with the Coolest Office Perks" in Washington DC! The design goal for the entire space was "Community," and creating a sense of connectedness between staff and their internal and external environment. Inspired by the premise of using the space to bring groups of people together, the design team created distinct "Neighborhoods" throughout  the 70,000 square foot space. The entire three-floor office is designed as a street scape, featuring unique neighborhood areas such as parks, eateries, entertainment venues, and other social gathering places. Each neighborhood is then connected by a plank wood "Boulevard" which winds throughout the three floors and is anchored by two three-story spiral staircases.

DCS is proud of the recognition in INC. Magazine!
 
 
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Last Thursday’s MD / DC NAIOP Awards of Excellence Gala was a proud night for DCS Design as the winner of a top prize for White & Case, LLP.  DCS took home the Award of Excellence for the 140,000 square foot in-place renovation project which included creating an international boutique hotel-like aesthetic.  Other design goals included enhancing the firm’s brand, increasing connection and collaboration, and improving efficiencies.    

One of the design highlights of the project is a two-story, back-lit onyx wall located in the reception lounge area.  Imported from Italy in multiple individual slabs, the design team meticulously matched the veining of the individual pieces to create a visually unified sculpture.      

DCS is proud to share this award with other valued team members including Jones Lang LaSalle, Davis Construction, and WFT Engineering.  


 
 
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DCS Design is the proud recipient of one of four prestigious awards given by CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) DC during the 2016 “Growing Excellence” Awards reception on October 6th.  DCS won The Best Interiors Category for the recently completed ASTRO (American Society for Radiation Oncology), a 30,000 square foot non-profit organization located in Arlington, Virginia.  The CREW Awards acknowledges excellence in the DC real estate community, with the Best Interiors award being the only design-focused recognition.  

The goal of the new space was to create a timeless design reflecting ASTRO’s commitment to service, advocacy, and patient care.  With members and visitors encompassing oncology physicians, researchers, and patients, it was important to create a sense of serenity and calm throughout the new space. 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 molecular helix.

DCS is proud to share this award with other valued team members including Cushman & Wakefield, Bognet Construction, and KTA Group.  


 
 
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Many thanks to all those who made our recent open house a smashing success. We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful friends and employees. We are excited to see the creative designs sure to come from working in this open and collaborative environment.  

 
 
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Presentations from the 2nd annual Tysons Sustainability Summit are now available for download at Tysons Summit 2016.

 
 
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Custom Ink's Merrifield Head Quarters was featured in Office Lovin, a site that allows visitors to discover the best tech startup offices from around the world. Officelovin’ was the first to exclusively feature offices of many famous companies such as Spotify, Shopify, Zendesk, Yelp, Polyvore and is considered a premium resource for office design inspiration. You can see the feature here: Custom Ink at Office Lovin

 
 
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The Washington Business Journal highlighted a new format of micro-hotel that DCS Design and Monument realty are looking to bring to H Street. Read more at the Washington Business Journal.

 
 
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Lena Scott, Principal-In-Charge of Interior Architecture, is pleased to announce Elizabeth Blunck has (re) joined Davis Carter Scott as Project Director.  “It’s a Homecoming we couldn’t be more excited about,” Lena shares about Elizabeth’s return to DCS where she began her early career as a Design Professional. 

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Drexel University, and possesses over 27 years of experience in interior architecture, design, and project management.  Her expertise includes the design and day-to-day management of large corporate and institutional projects.  

Prior to rejoining DCS, Elizabeth was a Project Director at DBI Architecture for 17 years.  Elizabeth’s noteworthy projects include the design of over 1 million square feet of office and public spaces for the Securities and Exchange Commission; 250,000 square feet for the Federal Trade Commission; 120,000 square feet for The National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities; BAE Systems, for which the team was awarded a prestigious NAIOP Award of Excellence; and the Vice President’s Residency.     

“Elizabeth is a wonderful addition to our interiors management team,” Lena further comments. “She’s a family member who has come home, and we’re so excited to welcome her back.” 

 
 
Davis Carter Scott is very excited to see our client LMO Advertising be featured in Arlington Economic Development's new video series, Arlington Awesome Offices.  Produced by the Arlington Real Estate Group (AREG) and hosted by Jessica Miller, Co-Chair of AREG, the video highlights how LMO underwent a complete culture change, moving from a closed, employee-isolating work environment to a highly energetic, open, collaborative one.

Also, DCS-designed LMO Advertising was named one of Greater Washington's "2014 Best Places to Work" by the Washington Business Journal.  LMO employees nominated the company and answered detailed survey questions regarding why they believe they work for "The Best Place" in the Washington DC area.  WBJ recognizes companies in small, medium and large business categories.
 
 
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Fairfax County honored Davis Carter Scott with their 2014 Environmental Excellence Award in the Business category. The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize County residents, organizations, businesses and County employees who are dedicated to sustainability and support County environmental initiatives.   The accolade recognizes Davis Carter Scott’s dedication to creating new buildings, spaces and places that are exemplars of sustainable practice; upgrading existing buildings to higher levels of performance; designing healthy spaces in which people live and work; and creating green communities that lie easy on the earth.

In selecting DCS Design for the award, Linda Burchfiel, an At-Large member of the Environmental Quality Advisory Council, cited over four decades of sustainable design, community and industry outreach through an annual GreenWeek Symposium, and ongoing participation in County led efforts such as Chairman Bulova’s Private Sector Energy Task Force as key contributions recognized by the Advisory Council.

Utilizing an integrated team-oriented project approach, DCS has worked closely with leading developers, building owners, consultants, general contractors and County staff to design over 13 Million square feet of space designed for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDTM) certification. Spaces include Offices, Civic Buildings, Multi-Family Housing, and Education Facilities.