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Columbia Property Trust Announces Over 100,000 SF in Lease Signings and Plans for $3 Million Renovation of 80 M Street

Company Release - 11/18/2016 8:30 AM ET

WeWork Takes 68,000+ Square Feet in Capitol Riverfront Building That is Being Re-Imagined to Appeal to Neighborhood’s Dynamic Workforce

ATLANTA & WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CXP) today announced that it has completed more than 100,000 square feet in leases at 80 M Street in Washington, D.C., this year, highlighted by a 15-year, 68,673-square-foot lease with WeWork, one of the world's largest providers of shared office space.

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80 M Street in Washington, D.C., will house a new 70,000-square-foot WeWork co-officing location and ...

80 M Street in Washington, D.C., will house a new 70,000-square-foot WeWork co-officing location and the building owner, Columbia Property Trust, is launching a $3M renovation to create a new entrance, outdoor terrace and lounge for tenants at the building to enjoy (Photo credit: APG Photography).

Columbia also recently secured a renewal of Gryphon Technologies’ 24,224-square-foot headquarters lease to keep the military engineering company at 80 M Street and is also bringing defense services provider General Dynamics Information Technology to the building with a new 14,990-square-foot lease. With these leases, the 285,000-square-foot, Class-A office building, which Columbia has owned and managed since 2004, is now 85% leased.

To continue this leasing momentum and anticipate evolving tenant demands, Columbia is commencing a $3 million reimagining of 80 M Street that will complement WeWork’s distinct design aesthetic and reflect the emerging urban/industrial aesthetic of the Capital Riverfront neighborhood. The renovation will create an open, collaborative environment to encourage socializing with a new entrance and main lobby and an adjacent new outdoor terrace and hospitality-inspired tenant lounge, connected via a large, garage-style sectional glass door. The project also includes updates to the elevator lobbies, fitness facility and restrooms.

A dedicated entrance for WeWork within the main lobby will also be constructed. The new WeWork location, which will occupy portions of the first, second and third floors of 80 M Street, is expected to open in the third quarter of 2017.

“The Capitol Riverfront has rapidly transformed into one of Washington’s most popular, diverse and dynamic neighborhoods. Our intention with this renovation is to mirror that vitality while cultivating an environment that appeals to this new generation of office tenant as we work to fill the building’s remaining availability,” stated Nelson Mills, President and CEO of Columbia Property Trust. “We are thrilled to partner with WeWork, whose community of creators will be an ideal fit for 80 M Street and for this growing neighborhood.”

“We wanted to diversify the tenant base and create a project without equal in the submarket,” stated Doug Mueller, managing director of JLL, which is representing Columbia as leasing agent for 80 M Street and Columbia’s other Washington, D.C., property, Market Square on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is bordered by Capitol Hill, Navy Yard and the Washington Nationals stadium. 80 M Street is within walking distance of the stadium as well as numerous eateries, hotels, parks and residential buildings and offers convenient transit access via the adjacent Navy Yard/Ballpark Metrorail station.

For more information about 80 M Street, please visit www.80mstreet.com.

About Columbia Property Trust

Columbia Property Trust (NYSE: CXP) owns and operates Class-A office buildings in competitive, primarily CBD locations, and over half our investments are in high-barrier-to-entry, primary markets. Our $5 billion portfolio includes 23 office properties containing 11.2 million square feet and one hotel, concentrated in San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. For more information about Columbia, which carries an investment-grade rating from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, please visit www.columbia.reit.

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Columbia Property Trust, Inc.
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