A tough town
The power concentrated in Washington, D.C. is formidable. The networks that carry it are impenetrable. And the rules it plays by are unwritten.
Success in D.C. means a partner who knows every specialized nuance of bringing a project to market here.
With more than 25 years of experience, we know the network and the rules. And the network knows and trusts us. Our list of important wins attests to that.
Under our belts are years of collaborating and negotiating to balance competing interests…maximize entitlement rights…align community needs with development goals.
These are transferable skills. They work everywhere. For every client.
Through the maze
We’re a flexible, ideas-driven practice. But it’s impossible to ignore that we live in a deadline-driven world. Somewhat paradoxically, being flexible requires processes that aren’t.
Our successes in Washington DC’s public and private sectors—where some of the toughest regulatory processes anywhere are the norm—have readied us for all situations requiring sure-footed negotiations. We’ve developed protocols and strategies that eliminate confusion and delays. Anticipation, planning, communication and collaboration are critical.
Our DC projects travel a process-driven path of negotiation, consensus- building and collaboration with regulatory and advisory groups. The end results satisfy all parties.
Balancing vs battling
When commercial vision meets layer upon layer of regulation, two skills are required of a firm: diplomacy and creativity.
Both must be informed by deep knowledge of the rules and of every design and construction option.
It’s the same everywhere, but more so in D.C. That’s why our reputation for creative, diplomatic collaboration is an invaluable asset. Developers know we’ll work for them. Regulators know we won’t work against them.
With the overriding goal that our projects must enrich the community, spiritually as well as commercially, we find the balance.