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WASHINGTON, DC-Dorsey & Whitney is relocating its DC practice from 1050 Connecticut Ave. to 1801 K St., a CBD office building that is nearly 600,000 square feet. Dorsey & Whitney’s lease totals 7,500 square feet–a drop in the proverbial bucket for a building of this size. Still, though, this deal is significant for the building owner, New York-based Somerset Partners because it is the first deal signed with its renovation of the office building nearing completion.

Somerset acquired 1801 K St. at the end of 2005 and then launched a major renovation–it rebuilt the building from the shell out, essentially–that totaled some $50 million. The building stayed occupied during the renovation, Marshall Allan, co-founder of Somerset Partners, tells GlobeSt.com, with the occupancy rate hovering between 72% to 74%. The Dorsey & Whitney lease brings the occupancy level to 75%, he adds. The completed building is expected to deliver this summer, he says.

Located in the heart of the CBD, 1801 K St. is one of the largest private office buildings in the city, with floor plates at 42,300 square feet; 30-foot by 33-foot column bays; nine-foot achievable ceiling heights and a 100% windowed perimeter. The exterior has a new energy efficient glass curtain wall with full-height windows. Asking rates for the prime space–the 11th and 12th floors–are roughly $49 per square foot.

The landlord was represented by Trip Howell, Amy Bowser and Kate Griffin of Jones Lang LaSalle; Dorsey was represented by Pete Larson and Brian Isern of Transwestern.

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