Partner, Mary Katherine Lanzillotta Awarded Centennial Medal Award

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

Mobile Opens Doors to New Federal Courthouse

“The grand opening of the new Federal Courthouse was recently held, marking the end of a highly anticipated project that took decades to plan. The $89 million contract went to a team led by W.G. Yates & Sons, which oversaw the construction project from its office in Biloxi, Miss. In addition, architectural firms from Washington, D.C., URS and Hartman-Cox Architects, were also part of the team.”

-Correctional News

The Southern District of Alabama U.S. District Court Moved into Their New Home

The Southern District of Alabama U.S. District Court moved into their new home designed by Hartman-Cox Architects with AECOM and built by Yates Construction. Effective immediately, the John A. Campbell Federal Courthouse at 113 Saint Joseph Street is closed to the public as it undergoes renovation (also by Hartman-Cox Architects with AECOM to be built by Yates Construction) which is scheduled to be completed in 2020. When it reopens, the Campbell building will be home to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and U.S. Probation among other federal agencies and offices.

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The South Lawn Cistern Project Groundbreaking Ceremony at Tudor Place

Groundbreaking for Tudor Place’s new project, The South Lawn Cistern Project, took place last week in DC. Tudor Place recognizes the importance of environmental sustainability and is implementing the installation of two large cisterns (rainwater containment units) under the South Lawn. These cisterns will move rainwater away from the Main House and store it to be used for watering plants and irrigation. In turn, Tudor Place will cut back on their use of fresh water as well as lessen runoff in the Rock Creek Watershed. This is one of the first steps in the execution of the Master Preservation Plan that was developed by Hartman-Cox Architects.

Please click here to read more and visit the GoFundMe page for the project. 

  Pictured above left to right: Joe Gibbons, Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E, Mark Hudson, Executive Director, Tudor Place Foundation and Marcia V. Mayo, Vice-President, Board of Trustees, Tudor Place Foundation.   

Pictured above left to right: Joe Gibbons, Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E, Mark Hudson, Executive Director, Tudor Place Foundation and Marcia V. Mayo, Vice-President, Board of Trustees, Tudor Place Foundation.   

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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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