Midtown Center Plaza

The Midtown Center Plaza in downtown Washington, D.C. features a 15,000 square foot public plaza and cross-block connection designed by SCAPE Landscape Architecture. Tri-Lox engineered and fabricated custom wood seating elements located throughout the plaza. These elements invite pedestrians into the verdant plaza and provide outdoor seating to the occupants of the adjacent former headquarters of The Washington Post – a redevelopment by SHoP Architects and WDG Architects into a LEED Gold certified mixed-use complex.

Project Development

Collaborative Forces Collide

Working closely with SCAPE throughout the development process, we created mock-ups for the design team and client to view finished assemblies at full-scale as well as prototyped joinery methods in preparation for fabrication.

Our meticulous shop drawings ensured high-level coordination between the design, construction management, subcontractor, and fabrication teams.

Fabrication & Implementation

From Shop to Site

Using both digital and hand-crafted fabrication techniques, we created a series of components and assemblies with precision.

We developed an extensive set of installation guidelines for the onsite team to efficiently integrate our custom-made seating elements into the precast concrete modules located throughout the plaza

Tri-Lox Products


The seating elements are made of wood and steel. Black Locust wood was selected for this project because it offers the density and weather resistance of tropical hardwoods in a material that is harvested both sustainably and locally.

Black Locust – Natural
Our Black Locust is sealed for superior exterior performance while allowing its desirable silver patina to develop naturally with exposure.

Final Project


Washington, D.C


Summer 2018


SCAPE Landscape Architecture & SHoP Architects


Arion Doerr & Ty Cole

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