DC Conference Center

In Washington, D.C.—a city whose currency is ideas—diverse voices are a critical ingredient in every public policy discussion, and a vibrant nonprofit sector is a vital contributor to the deliberations.

Ensuring that the nonprofit community has a convening place to call its own within earshot of national policy makers and opinion leaders is the purpose of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ new state-of-the-art D.C. Conference Center at 901 E Street, NW. In an era of tightening budgets and ever-rising rents, the Center has been designed and built to meet the specific needs of nonprofit organizations.

Fifty-nine rooms, all constructed with collaboration in mind, can accommodate meetings with as few as two guests and events with up to 140. An open floor plan and comfortable public areas will facilitate gatherings and ad-hoc networking among the many interrelated groups utilizing the space. And a full suite of in-house services—from catering to video conferencing to online collaboration tools—will enable nonprofit meeting planners and attendees to focus on the agenda and its objectives instead of worrying about logistics and other details.

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Click on the image above for a slideshow of the conference spaces at 901 E Street.

In light of its longstanding commitment to environmental responsibility and the goals of a green economy, Pew renovated the entire 901 E Street structure within guidelines established by the U.S. Green Buildings Council. Pew worked with the U.S. Green Building Council to gain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which signifies that the building meets the highest green-building and performance measures and offers a clean, healthy setting for productive work.

Located within walking and Metro rapid-transit distance of the White House, Capitol Hill and numerous federal agencies, the D.C. Conference Center is more than just a meeting destination. It is a physical extension of Pew’s mission to generate knowledge and apply its power to solving today’s most pressing challenges.

For reservations and more information, e-mail Katy Rogers, manager of the Conference Center, at krogers@pewtrusts.org, or phone her at 202.540.6311.

About 901 E Street

Originally built in 1989, the building underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2007, including work on the lobby, entrance and elevators. Upgrades were made to the exterior and interior of the building and we achieved our goal of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council.

U.S. Flag Art Installation

 

U.S. Flag Art Installation

The Pew Charitable Trusts commissioned this art installation for the ground floor of 901 E Street. It came to life through the collaborative work of the design team at Gensler Architects. Unveiled on July 4, 2011, the installation depicts three historically significant versions of the U.S. flag. The flags are each constructed with four separate layers of translucent acrylic: white stars, blue union, white stripes, and finally red stripes.

On the left side is the “Betsy Ross” flag. This design derives from one of the country’s oldest flags, and is believed to have been commissioned during the Revolutionary War in 1777. It depicts 13 stars and stripes to honor the original 13 colonies. According to oral history, it was sewn at the request of General George Washington.

On the right hangs the “Star Spangled Banner.” This version, with 15 stars and stripes, was flown over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD during the War of 1812. It inspired the poem by Francis Scott Key that would later become the national anthem. This impressive flag originally measured 30’ by 42’, making it the largest battle flag ever flown at that time. Pew was honored to help support the restoration of the actual “Star Spangled Banner” by the Smithsonian Institution in 1998.

In the center is the current flag of the United States of America, showing 50 stars and 13 stripes. This version was commissioned upon Hawaii’s entry into the U.S. and was first flown on July 4, 1960. This rendition of the flag is today the longest to have flown in U.S. history.

The Pew Charitable Trusts purchased the building at 901 E Street in February 2008. It is now home to many of our national and international initiatives.

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Click on the image above for a slideshow of photos from the art installation.