A floor-to-roof-terrace guide to the National Gallery’s renovated East Building

Revisiting the National Gallery of Art’s East Building, which is reopening Friday after a three-year renovation, is like greeting an old friend. She still has all the same familiar qualities, and conversation picks up as if no time has passed at all. But you also can’t help but notice: She looks good.
— Maura Judkis, Washington Post

Subtle changes make a big impression at the National Gallery East Building

Visitors new to the National Gallery of Art’s East Building might not detect any sign that it has undergone a major renovation. The galleries of the I.M. Pei-designed modernist addition to the National Gallery have been closed for refurbishment since 2013. On Sept. 30, they will reopen with 12,250 square feet of new exhibition space, two new stairwells creating improved public flow through the galleries, some 500 permanent collection works on display (up from 350 before the redesign), two new sky-lit tower galleries devoted to giants of 20th-century art, and a new open-air sculpture terrace along Pennsylvania Avenue.
— Phillip Kennicott, Washington Post

See how Washington's National Gallery of Art has grown

Reopening this week, I.M. Pei’s East Building just got better—without getting any bigger

Step inside and the differences become clear. The gallery, which reopens to the public on 30 September, has managed to carve out more than 12,250 sq. ft of additional exhibition space without expanding its physical footprint. The changes have inspired a comprehensive reinstallation of the collection that will transform the way more than four million annual visitors understand the story told by DC’s premier art museum.
— Pac Pobric, The Art Newspaper

United adds apartments to proposed North Loop office building

The latest plan for what is being referred to as the 729 Washington Avenue North development — it’s mid-block between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue — calls for an office building that faces Washington Avenue and a residential and parking garage building that fronts 3rd Street N. That public plaza is being pitched as a public space that would provide access to connecting paths.
— Jim Buchta, StarTribune

East Building Galleries Reopen September 30

Rendering of the interior of the new Pod 1 Tower Gallery in the National Gallery of Art East Building, featuring works by Mark Rothko from the permanent collection of modern and contemporary art.

Rendering of the interior of the new Pod 1 Tower Gallery in the National Gallery of Art East Building, featuring works by Mark Rothko from the permanent collection of modern and contemporary art.

On September 30, 2016, the East Building galleries of the National Gallery of Art, which house the modern collection and several temporary exhibition spaces, will reopen after three years of renovation of existing galleries and construction of new galleries and a roof terrace. A completely new configuration of the permanent collection of modern art will be unveiled to the public on this date.
— National Gallery of Art

UM regents approve $85.2 million Michigan Union renovation project

Integrated Design Solutions LLC, the Troy architectural firm that also helped develop the GG Brown Mechanical Engineering Lab at UM, is collaborating with Wisconsin -based Workshop Architects Inc. as design architect, along with Washington DC-based Hartman-Cox Architects as historic preservation specialists on the project.
— Crains Detroit Business
This renovation allows us to meet the needs of students in the future, honor the architectural integrity of the Union and address significant infrastructure deficiencies
— Susan Pile, UM Senior Director of University Unions and Auxiliary Services

Partner, Graham Davidson awarded Centennial Medal Award

The Washington Architectural Foundation (WAF) and the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects have chosen partner Graham Davidson, FAIA as this year’s Centennial Medal Award recipient for distinguished service to the Chapter, community, and profession.
— Washington Architectural Foundation & AIA|DC
 

U-M regents to vote on $85M renovation of iconic Michigan Union

Image Source: MLive

Image Source: MLive

U-M’s Board of Regents is voting on a proposed $85 million “deep renovation” of the Michigan Union at its regular meeting on Thursday, July 21.

The renovation of the 250,000-square-foot space include would create social space on the main level of the building by enclosing the courtyard; greatly expand and improve lounge and study spaces; create a state-of-the-art student organizations and student involvement space; create appropriate spaces for counseling and student support services; and create enhanced meeting space near the main ballroom...

...The architectural firm of Integrated Design Solutions, in association with Workshop architects as the design architect and Hartman-Cox as the historic preservation specialists, will design the project. The project is expected to provide an average of 75 on-site construction jobs.
— MLive

AIA Northern Virginia Honors Cardozo High School with a Jurors' Citation Award

Cardozo High School Architect of Record & Design Architect: Hartman-Cox Architects // School Architect: Grimm + Parker Architects

Cardozo High School
Architect of Record & Design Architect: Hartman-Cox Architects // School Architect: Grimm + Parker Architects

On Tuesday, June 14, AIA Northern Virginia held its annual Design Awards Celebration at LMI’s new headquarters in Tysons, designed by Gensler. The event was a delightful celebration of the winning projects. Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus won Jurors’ Citation in Historic Architecture
— AIA Northern Virginia

National Gallery of Art Reopens Newly Renovated and Expanded East Building on September 30, 2016

Washington, DC—On September 30, 2016, the East Building galleries of the National Gallery of Art, which house the modern collection and several temporary exhibition spaces, will reopen after three years of renovation of existing galleries and construction of new galleries and a roof terrace. A completely new configuration of the permanent collection of modern art will be unveiled to the public on this date.
— National Gallery of Art

US Courts break ground on Mobile, Ala. federal courthouse

New Federal Courthouse Mobile

Mobile, Ala.— The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), U.S. District Court, Southern District in Alabama, and local elected officials today broke ground on the Mobile, Alabama federal courthouse construction and renovation project. The $90M initiative includes a new 155,600 s.f. courthouse, followed by renovations to the historic Campbell U.S. Courthouse to be completed in Fiscal Year 2020. The project will consolidate court operations out of leased space into a sustainable, high-performing, and secure campus that meets LEED Gold standards, saves taxpayer dollars and spurs local development.
— GSA

Work underway to transform historic Dupont Circle mansion into upscale rentals

The historic neoclassical Patterson House at 15 Dupont Circle in Washington has been watching over the changes in the neighborhood since its completion in 1903.

The ornate, intricately carved limestone mansion, home to President Calvin Coolidge and, most recently, the headquarters of The Washington Club, one of the city’s oldest women’s social clubs, is the midst of its own transformation.

Manhattan Construction is managing the project for SB-Urban LLC and Rooney Properties, the building owners and joint developers. Hartman-Cox Architects has designed the interiors for the building, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972. The mansion was designed by architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White and is the only remaining example of his work in Washington.

The 25,000-square-foot five-story mansion and a new 42,000-square-foot, eight-story addition will include a workout facility, a library, a dining room with a large shared kitchen, a bar and party area and an outdoor terrace for residents.
— Washington Post

Munger residents praise unique living environment

Munger Graduate Residences

Image Source: Michigan Daily

As I’ve been here now for a year, I’ve come to realize that every moment here is a precious opportunity for students to learn, and of course that learning goes on in classrooms, but the students are only spending a fraction of their time in classrooms.
— University President Mark Schlissel
University officials and students highlighted the importance of community and diversity as they celebrated the opening of the Munger Graduate Residences on Wednesday, a project largely funded by University alum Charles Munger, a real estate mogul.
— The Michigan Daily

ENR MidAtlantic Announces Best Projects of 2015

ENR MidAtlantic is proud to announce the winners of its 2015 Best Projects competition, honoring the top projects in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The George Washington University Museum | The Textile Museum wins the ENR Best Projects of 2015 award for Merit in the Cultural/Worship Category.
— ENR MidAtlantic

Memorial to Ukrainian famine of 1932-33 installed in Washington, DC

Holodomor Memorial

Image Source: Ukraine Today

Image Source: Ukraine Today

A memorial to victims of the famine in Soviet Ukraine which struck in 1932 and 1933 has been installed in Washington, a short distance from the US Capitol.

The famine it commemorates is known in Ukraine as Holodomor. Like a number of historians of recent years, including the late Robert Conquest and Yale professor Timothy Snyder, the memorial calls the famine a genocide which was intentionally carried out by the regime of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
— Ukraine Today

The sculpture of the Holodomor Memorial was installed in Washington, DC

Image Source: Embassy of Ukraine
 

On August 4, 2015 the sculpture of the Holodomor Memorial was installed in the very heart of Washington, DC near the U.S. Capitol. The event was attended by Valeriy Chaly, Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA, Larysa Kurylas, Artist, Michael Sawkiw, U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor Genocide Awareness 1932-1933, Mary Katherine Lanzillotta, Hartman-Cox Architects, as well as representatives of Forrester Construction Company and Laran Bronze Foundry.
— Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America
 

Munger Graduate Residences opens at University of Michigan

Image Source: Michigan News

The Munger Graduate Residences will provide our graduate and professional students with further opportunities to engage one another across different academic disciplines, backgrounds, and thought, while enriching their educational experience on our campus.
— University President Mark Schlissel
It’s a new kind of environment that allows residents to understand new perspectives, solve issues and bring evolved thinking into their careers.
— Greg Merritt, director of the Coleman-Munger Fellows Program and senior associate director of University Housing

Mayor Bowser Announces Architect Chosen to Design the District’s New Archives Building

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that an architectural firm has been chosen to design a new state-of-the-art District of Columbia Archives building. The Department of General Services (DGS) selected Hartman-Cox Architects and EYP of Washington, DC to design a new facility to house the District’s historic records.
— DC.GOV
The selection of Hartman-Cox Architects and EYP of Washington, DC will allow us to continue to move forward with the design of the new Archives building, a facility that holds some of our most treasured historical documents. I look forward to seeing the designs unveiled as we continue this exciting journey that all of our residents can benefit from.
— Mayor Bowser