Awards of Excellence 2019
Coakley & Williams Construction
Two Birds

Two Birds
Award of Excellence
Best Interiors up to 10,000SF

Project Team

Two Birds - (Owner)
Maginniss + del Ninno Architects - (Architect)
Coakley & Williams Construction - (Contractor)

Executive Summary

The first of its kind anywhere in the United States, the coworking + childcare facility is located in Washington, DC’s Ward 3 and just steps away from the Tenleytown Metro Station. The 5-story building is also within two blocks of a park, a public aquatics center and a library. These nearby amenities and the demographics of the neighborhood drew Two Birds to the building. Not only does the coworking space offer licensed childcare with CPR trained, full-time teachers, they also extend a progressive Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, a humanitarian education system.

The Two Birds space is two-stories – the first floor has a ground-level entrance going directly into the childcare space and the coworking space is on the second floor and is fully separated. Roughly 70% of the space is devoted to the day care center. The coworking space is entirely composed of shared desks and dedicated desks, it doesn’t have private offices like many coworking concepts, but includes a kitchen area with coffee and space for hosting events. Besides the desks in the coworking space, a conference room, private telephone rooms, kitchen area with coffee, and a large open common area for hosting events are also included for use by coworking community. This space also features a 24-hour accessible private entrance to the coworking space in case you don’t want a client to walk by a classroom of toddlers on the way to your business meeting.

A partial funding ($330,000) of the Two Birds project was provided by the $11 million Access to Quality Child Care Expansion Grant to support working families in the District. Construction began in Fall of 2018 and the final cost totaled at approximately $1.3 million.

Obtaining the Certificate of Occupancy for this project, which was more involved than usual, was due to the childcare center portion. In addition to the high standard inspections already required in DC, we were also subject to the Daycare Licensing body and their own inspections. This challenged us to look at each and every component through the eyes of a child in order to make Two Birds completely safe to operate.

Maintaining security for the families while the final spaces were being completed was of paramount importance. The Architect and the General Contractor worked closely with the building owner and client to provide a new elevator connecting both levels of child care. Private access was also provided for faculty with the existing building stairs.


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