Project Feature: The Peripoint Building, Bethesda, Maryland

Posted on August 06, 2014  /  in Blog  /  No Comments

A gate way to Bethesda, the Peripoint Building is making what is, according to Forbes, “America’s Second most Livable City” even more remarkable.  Architect Michael Belisle, of Michael Belisle Design AIA Architectural Services, worked to transform the old United Service Organization headquarters, located at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Arlington Road, into a “stripped down industrial modern” building with silver level LEED certification—Bethesda’s first.

AH First Floor Interior Overview

Joseph Farina and Brandon Howard of Divaris Real Estate’s D.C. Regional Office are excited to be handling the leasing for what is, according to Brandon, “the most modern building in downtown Bethesda.”

 Belisle decided to work with the shell of the building, originally built in 1927 as a grocery store, making it completely ADA accessible, while creating floor-to-ceiling glass walls, a spiral staircase, a rooftop garden and an elevator that uses just one-fifth the energy of a typical elevator. The Peripoint speaks to the future of architecture and the evolving demands of the real estate market.

AH Mezzanine Interior View

Farina and Howard have 1,400 square feet of ground-floor retail and a 400-square-foot mezzanine for lease, which they envision leasing to a financial institution or upscale local retailer.  The new business will complement the existing independent art gallery and tech company, in an area where the average income within a three mile radius is more than $180,000.


The Peripoint’s commitment to environmental sustainability really sets it apart.   From low-energy plumbing to its recycled-material makeup, each aspect of the building’s design has a green intent, making The Peripoint building a frontrunner in efficiency and style. Look for more project features on our blog in the future!

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