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Staying fluid for the future

DC Water provides water and sewer service to the people of Washington, D.C. Their headquarters (which they affectionately call HQO) is built over an old pump station that’s working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They didn’t want to leave that behind, but their building had been cobbled together over decades and their staff was spread out all over the city. It was time for a change.

To hold onto their history and upgrade their infrastructure, they wanted to create something new on the existing waterfront location. But DC Water is also playing the long game. They've been around for more than a century. That’s long enough to know that everything evolves. What works today won't work forever. This new building was going to be above the 500-year flood plain, so future-proofing the space was a priority.

Having worked with DIRTT before, DC Water knew that prefabricated construction could give them the sleek aesthetics today and the ability react to the needs of their 350 employees tomorrow. In the space you can see a modern glass look that lets in the light. What you can’t see is the DIRTT modular power and passive optical networks (PON) running through the walls and under the raised floor. They make installation easy. And because they’re quick-connect, it means reconfiguring is just as easy.

If an office needs to become a huddle room. If their boardroom needs a tech upgrade. If anything needs to change, DIRTT is ready to evolve. It’s like their executive vice president Maureen Holman says, “We’ve been here 100 years. We’ll be here at least 100 more.”

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    An uncommon common area
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    Front desk
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    Glass lets the light in
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    The long hallway
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    Meeting. Training. Connecting.
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Real estate and energy savings

Passive Optical Networks free up to 90% of the real estate typically dedicated to networks. Save energy while getting unlimited bandwidth to future-proof your space.


Efficient electrical

DIRTT’s quick-connect power makes for rapid on-site installation. All while it reduces waste and improves adaptability for any future changes. 


More under foot

The DIRTT Access Floor speeds up installation and manages cables. Long term, it keeps your infrastructure easily accessible for IT.

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