DC -- North Cleveland Park -- Intelsat building (3400 Connecticut Ave NW):
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Description of Pictures: Whittle School and Studios is a for-profit educational organization founded by Chris Whittle. It opened here in September 2019. A very private school, its tuition costs the first year were said to be $49,000/year/student (ages 3-18). Nearby Sidwell Friends was apparently $44,000/year/student. Both of course were now shifted into remote learning.
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INTELS_200422_01.JPG: Intelsat sold the building to the Whittle School & Studios, an exclusive (as in, very expensive) private school.
INTELS_200422_28.JPG: Join us for Summer 2020
June 29-August 14
[It's unlikely that semester is going to work out.]
INTELS_200422_42.JPG: IEEE Milestone
First Atomic Clock, 1948
The first atomic clock, developed near this site by Harold Lyons at the National Bureau of Standards, revolutionized timekeeping by using transitions of the ammonia molecule as its source of frequency. Far more accurate than previous clocks, atomic clocks quickly replaced the Earth's rotational rate as the reference for world time. Atomic clock accuracy made possible many new technologies, including Global Positioning System (GPS).
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Wikipedia Description: Intelsat headquarters
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3400 International Drive (also known as Intelsat Headquarters) is an office complex in the North Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. by the Van Ness metro station designed by the Australian architect John Andrews and built by Gilbane Building Company. Formerly used as the U.S. headquarters of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (Intelsat), it is known for its futuristic, high-tech architecture.
John Andrews won the 1980 International Union of Architects international competition to design the complex. The competition had taken place in 1979 with nearly 100 firms from 23 countries competing for the contract to design the complex. Ground was broken on the project on July 20, 1982 in a rather unusual manner. Using a network of four satellites and five earth stations, a signal was radioed around the world two times before it triggered a pre-set explosion at the building site. The complex was built in two phases, with Phase I being completed first in 1984 and Phase II following in 1988. While Andrews' contribution was positively cited as that of a creative professional, the project was marred by the embezzlement of five million dollars by Intelsat's director general and deputy.
The complex consists of fourteen interconnected rectangular "pods" clustered in groups of four around taller glass and stainless steel atria. The circular stairwells external to the pods are constructed of glass bricks and concrete. Unusual for the time, the design incorporate environmentally conscious elements that contribute to energy efficiency, such as the use of tinted-glass sunscreens and the open-air atria that admit sunlight while reflecting direct sun. Also, the complex incorporates interior and exterior water features for cooling and terraced roof gardens to complement the large trees preserved by the site plan.
While the building is 917,000 square feet (85,200 m2), on ...More...
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.