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An Update from APA’s New Washington D.C. Home

     

It’s been just more than a month since the American Psychiatric Association made our return to the District of Columbia, and I couldn’t be happier with how things are going.

Of course, like any move, we have had minor hiccups here and there. Our IT and Facilities Management departments have both risen to the occasion beautifully and put in long hours to overcome some of the growing pains that come with moving. Thanks to them, and the hard work of all our staff, the massive undertaking that was moving APA into our new headquarters went by rather smoothly.

We’ve moved into a state-of-the-art office space in a beautiful building in The Wharf development on Washington’s Southwest Waterfront. Believe me when I say our new space is welcoming to members and visitors alike.

It’s a wonderful feeling to come to work every day while a vibrant new neighborhood rises around you, with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your new home is both eco-friendly and cost effective. Our home has a brilliant view of the Capitol, and our logo is prominently displayed on the front and side, visible to anyone who is close to the Wharf. Our building features abundant natural light and an open office plan that fosters interaction among staffers. Our staff is re-energized and thrilled with their new work environment.

With plenty of amenities for our staff, it’s important to remember that our new home was designed with our members in mind as well. I’m particularly proud of our Members Lounge, a kind of “home away from home” that we designed specifically for members to use so they can work or relax when in town for leisure or business.

While the new office is unquestionably a step into the future for APA, we’ve also made sure to preserve our past. I encourage any member visiting Washington D.C. to come by the office, where you can view wall panels that recount APA’s history and the history of psychiatry in America, and visit the Rare Books Room, where some of APA’s historical treasures are on display.

It would be easy to get lost in the amenities and other upgrades in the new office, but the true benefit of APA occupying this space is our proximity to lawmakers in Congress and other agencies, organizations, and coalition partners with which we interact on a regular basis. I really believe it will enhance our advocacy efforts and leave us better positioned than ever before to raise awareness of the APA as the medical leadership organization for mind, brain, and body.

There will be a livestream of our official Grand Opening event on March 16 on psychiatry.org for anyone who would like to see us formally christen the new office. Of course, I welcome any members who are in town before or after then to stop by and see our new home for yourself. While this is the new home for the APA Administration, I really do view it as a professional home for every one of our members as well.

Come and visit us when you have the time. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

     

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