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Wilderness Society Moving Headquarters To Newly Renovated Downtown D.C. Building

The office building at 1801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

A Downtown D.C. office building that lost its law firm anchor in 2018 has landed a new tenant to fill part of the space. 

Pembroke announced Tuesday it signed The Wilderness Society to a 23K SF lease at 1801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 

MGA's Michael Goldman and Kamis O'Farrell represented the Wilderness Society. Cushman & Wakefield's Michael Katcher, Mark Wooters, John Skolnik and Kyle McFadden represented Pembroke. 

The conservation organization plans to move its headquarters in June from 1615 M St. NW. The new lease represents a reduction in space from its current 31K SF office, Goldman told Bisnow. A representative for the Wilderness Society didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The 1801 Penn building was previously anchored by law firm WilmerHale, which vacated two years ago to consolidate into another building it leases ahead of its planned move to Boston Properties' 2100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW development. 

Pembroke, which acquired the building in 2006 for $149M, launched a major renovation following the firm's departure. It created a double-height entrance and reconfigured the lobby to add a social lounge and coffee bar. It also added a 5K SF fitness center with yoga studios, nap pods and locker rooms, and it enlarged the windows and upgraded the HVAC system. 

The 197K SF office building still has 152K SF available for lease. Pembroke didn't disclose if it has signed additional tenants beyond the Wilderness Society. 

The renovation project is similar to an effort Pembroke launched in 2017 at 1201 New York Ave. NW, a 444K SF office building that had lost multiple private sector and government tenants.