One of the largest projects in the history of the Nation's Capital, The Portals is a $1 billion mixed-use development representing the last major Urban Renewal project to be constructed on sites in Southwest Washington, DC. This monumental undertaking was also the largest mixed-used project offered by the DC Redevelopment Land Agency, the District’s key development arm.
The massive nature of The Portals required extensive negotiations and coordination with numerous government agencies and private entities in its design and development, including the Commission of Fine Arts, National Capital Planning Commission, Consolidated Rail Corporation ("ConRail") and the DC City Council.
Development of The Portals included building an elevated extension of Maryland Avenue over railroad tracks, transforming a previously unsightly area into an elegant gateway with commanding views of the Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial, the Tidal Basin and the Potomac River. The $150 million, 440,000 square foot Phase I of The Portals is principally occupied by agencies of the United States Government including the Federal Aviation Administration and related private contractors. Phase II represents a $200 million investment totaling approximately 600,000 square feet. The Phase II building is 100% leased to the U.S. Government and serves as headquarters for the Federal Communications Commission.
The Portals includes approximately 1,500,000 square feet of Class A office space wihich is leased to a variety of private and U.S. Government tenants.
In February, 2004, the 400-room Mandarin Oriental Hotel opened on-site, featuring luxurious and spacious accommodations including 51 suites, significant meeting space including an 8,300 square foot pillar-less ballroom, a vibrant signature restaurant, an all-day dining restaurant, a lobby lounge and a cocktail bar.
The hotel further differentiates itself with the introduction of the Mandarin Oriental's Spa Collection – a highly personalized, full-service spa and health club with indoor pool and deck.
The Mandarin Oriental at The Portals is the flagship property in the nation's capital, and upon its opening, was heralded in Washington's Press as Washington DC's only five-star hotel.BACK