United Properties breaks ground on 385,000-square-foot mixed-use development in Minneapolis


North Loop

Located at 729 Washington Ave. North, the 10-story building will be home to office, residential and retail tenants by January of 2019. This will be United Properties’ fifth North Loop project, and is the largest project yet to be undertaken by the company in the North Loop.

The Nordic-inspired, modern warehouse-style building is designed to be the living room and backyard of the North Loop. In addition to office space, the development will contain 57 apartments, an underground and seven-level elevated parking garage with more than 400 spaces and ground-level retail. Outside, The Nordic will feature an active public plaza fronting Washington Avenue, intended for outdoor seating, lawn games, winter ice curling and space for food truck service.
— REJournals

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

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

North Loop

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

University of Michigan Union

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