An iconic Norfolk church aims to bend, but not break, in the face of sea level rise

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Christ & St. Luke's Episcopal Church

The signs point to more risk each year. Norfolk is among U.S. cities considered most vulnerable to sea level rise, partly because its land, as throughout Hampton Roads, is sinking – a problem called subsidence. But Lewis says Christ & St. Luke’s parishioners are entrusted with an “artistic and historic treasure” and are determined to protect it.

Mary Katherine Lanzillotta, a partner in Hartman-Cox, the church’s Washington-based architectural consultant, says a multimillion-dollar renovation and restoration project would include a geothermal system that will draw from the surrounding earth to provide heating and cooling. To reduce the church’s flooding risk, “we’re hoping to add some cisterns so that we can capture some rainwater coming off the roof and hold it essentially, retain it on site to such a time that the water levels go down and we can release it.
— Stephen M. Katz, The Virginian-Pilot

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Historic DC Patterson Mansion's makeover now complete

Images courtesy of Ampeer Residences

Patterson Mansion

Ampeer Dupont Circle—a highly-detailed renovation of the legendary Patterson Mansion—will open its doors in July. The property owned and developed by private real estate development company Saul Urban, will offer 92 uniquely-designed residential units featuring 350 square feet each.
— Evelina Croitoru, Multi-Housing News

Dupont Circle's Patterson Mansion, a sneak peak

All photos by Michelle Goldchain, CurbedDC

Patterson Mansion

In July 2017, Dupont Circle’s Patterson Mansion will open its doors with 92 high-end, fully-furnished residential units and a variety of amenities, thanks to D.C.-based developer Saul Urban in partnership with Rooney Properties.

The micro-units built in the two structures range in square footage from the mid-300s to the late-500s. Leases go as low as three months with the intention to appeal to the city’s transient class, which includes diplomats, politicos, and executives.
— Michelle Goldchain, CurbedDC

Inside the micro-unit transformation of Dupont Circle's historic Patterson Mansion

Photos by Jon Banister, Bisnow | Renderings courtesy of Saul Urban

Patterson Mansion

The developer, in partnership with Rooney Properties, has renovated the mansion into 22 small apartment units, with another 70 in a newly built, connected glass building, and has turned the mansion’s common areas into amenity spaces. The renovation is nearing completion and the building will welcome its first residents in July.
— Jon Banister, Bisnow

U-M Regents approve design for extensive Michigan Union renovation

University of Michigan Union

Plans to renovate the iconic, 97-year-old Michigan Union took another step forward Thursday as the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the schematic design. The $85.2 million project will enhance student social space on the main level by expanding lounge and study spaces. It also will create state-of-the-art student organization and student involvement space, improve space for counseling and student support services and enhance meeting space near the Rogel Ballroom.
— Kim Broekhuizen, Michigan News

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