Dixon Hughes Goodman Office – Gaithersburg, MD

Gaithersburg, MD

Architect & Design:



Interior Wall Cladding:
KINOKO shou sugi ban CHARRED Reclaimed Hemlock
Rustic Grade
7/8″ Thick X 7″ Width
Tongue & Groove

About the Project

Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP included reSAWN’s KINOKO shou sugi ban reclaimed hemlock wall cladding in their new Gaithersburg location. Located in the LEED-EB Platinum certified, One Washingtonian Center, Dixon Hughes Goodman made the move from Rockville, MD with an increased focus on sustainability. Gensler-DC designed the office space with sustainable features and a simple aesthetic.

“The amenities of the office park overlooking a lake are top notch, and the location is extremely favorable to our workforce,” managing partner, Brian Carlton said in a Dixon Hughes Goodman press release. The office lobby features a large screen television and a wrap around front desk with KINOKO shou sugi ban wall cladding. Natural light streams into the main hallway through large office windows that provide a view into the One Washingtonian Center office park and lake. Each office has a display screen allowing employees to reserve conference rooms for meetings and teleconferences.

With a people-centered design, Gensler-DC was tasked with designing a space that is both aesthetically excellent and accessible for both employees and office visitors. The KINOKO shou sugi ban is highlighted with overhead lighting that accents the reclaimed hemlock’s natural, complex wood grain. A simple color theme that includes dark gray carpets and yellow furniture creates a warm, inviting interior.

This project features reclaimed hemlock that has been burnt in the Japanese tradition of shou sugi ban.  This ancient technique is gaining new life as a unique and modern interior and exterior wall cladding. The wood is carefully charred, misted with water, cooled, brushed to remove dust and loose debris, and then stained/sealed to create the unique designs from reSAWN.  The top coat sealer is applied prior to shipping (for exterior applications, we recommend sealing the face & back).

With more than 2,000 people in 13 states, Dixon Hughes Goodman ranks among the nation’s top 20 public accounting firms. Offering comprehensive assurance, tax and advisory services, the firm focuses on major industry lines and serves clients in all 50 states as well as internationally.

With more than 2,700 active clients, Gensler-DC works across the global economy. Their clients are remarkably diverse: large and small, private and public, for-profit and nonprofit. They help them grow, sustain and transform: whatever it takes to embrace their future. They’re organized around each client relationship. Client needs, expectations and strategy provide the context for every project they carry out together. Whatever their size, wherever their clients need us, Gensler-DC is set up to deliver.

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