Development Data

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Q: How often is the information updated?

A: The WDCEP does a “development census” by contacting more than 135 developers, architects, contractors and economic development organizations every August in preparation for the publication of the DC Development Report. The WDCEP supplements this data outreach throughout the year by reviewing building permits, certificates of occupancy and media reports.

Q: When did the WDCEP start collecting this information?

A: The WDCEP started collecting most of its development information in 2001. However, certain information such as general contractors and LEED have been added more recently.

Q: Why can I only download 50 projects?

A: The Development Search is one of the most popular tools on our website. In order to make sure we continue to get funding to maintain the tool we ask that people wanting more than 50 projects please contact us so we can learn what initiatives our information is supporting.

Q: Why does there sometimes appear to be duplicate projects in my results?

A: The WDCEP attempts to breakout new construction and renovation whenever possible. Therefore, if a project involves both new construction and renovation, the WDCEP will attempt to record those figures separately.

Q: What does the Find A Project option actually search?

A: This is a keyword search. Therefore, a project will return in the results if the keyword(s) is found in the database.

Q: Can I use the Find A Project and Additional Search Options together?

A: Yes. When you select “Submit” it will search based on criteria entered into both Find A Project and Additional Search Options.

Q: What is an Infrastructure project?

A: Examples of infrastructure projects include parks, streetscapes, parking garages and bridges.

Q: How does the USGBC’s data differ from the WDCEP’s data?

A: The WDCEP’s database is based on a minimum investment threshold. If a building is retrofitted to meet LEED specifications then it may not be included in our database. The WDCEP also does not track tenant build-outs so any LEED certified interiors will not be in the Development Search (however, it might be mentioned in the Green Elements data). Finally, the WDCEP’s LEED data is based on project’s certification goal.

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About the Data

  • this data is provided “as is” and the WDCEP makes no warranty or guarantee to its accuracy or usefulness for any given purpose
  • all data are estimates
  • pipeline data (Near Term, Long Term & Medium Term) is subject to change
  • pipeline projects may still need DC Government approval (zoning, DC Council, historic preservation, PUD, etc.)
  • all location data are estimates and may not reflect the actual location of the project(s)
  • LEED data is based on project’s certification goal and may not reflect final USGBC LEED certifiation–for a list of certified buildings please visit
  • this dataset only includes projects that have been completed since 2001, under construction or in the pipeline
  • projects include new construction & major renovations
  • new construction does not necessarily mean “net new”
  • estimated delivery dates may reference a first phase delivery or final phase delivery
  • if using WDCEP data please credit “Washington, DC Economic Partnership” where applicable

For a more detailed methodology you can download our DC Development Report.

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