“Following Tuesday's earthquake, the site was inspected and it was determined no damage was sustained,” an Arent Fox spokesman said. “The new building has been designed and is being constructed in compliance with the International Building Code (IBC) and the IBC's seismic design provisions.”
The seismic design categories rank earthquake hazard probability on a scale from A through E, with E areas having the highest likelihood of experiencing a quake. Washington, which ranks in the A category, has the lowest probability of experiencing damaging effects of an earthquake. Tuesday’s temblor, which was felt by most of Washington and caused slight damage to some buildings, including the Washington Monument, is consistent with the effects a B category quake.
The new 370,000 square-foot building (pictured) is on schedule for its fourth quarter 2012 completion date. The firm is expected to relocate its 230 attorneys into 236,000 square-feet of office space in early 2013.
The National Law Journal previously reported that rent for the space will cost about $16.9 million annually and likely increase by 2.5 percent to 3 percent each year over the life of the 17-year lease.
Photos by Diego Radzinschi