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Wednesday, December 30 2020

Reflecting on a Groundbreaking 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, we reflect on a year that has presented unforeseen challenges that our team, together with our clients and consultants, has worked diligently to overcome. We are fortunate to work in a resilient industry, essential to the health of our economy and providing housing for all, with five of our projects across the region breaking ground and beginning to come to life.


3831 Georgia Avenue, NW

Groundbreaking: January 2020

The first project to break ground this year, The Augusta at 3831 Georgia Avenue, NW is a 15-unit mixed-use multi-family residential building with street level retail in the Petworth Neighborhood of Washington, DC. Located one block north of the Petworth Metro station, the project will have ground floor retail space and 15 residential units including 3 accessible units. The building comprises five levels of composite steel above a concrete podium. The mixed-use project is designed to promote an active lifestyle for urban dwellers and the use of public transportation in an amenity-rich neighborhood. Completion is scheduled for September 2021. Congratulations to client, MMG Development and general contractor, Renovations Unlimited!

917 Kennedy Street, NW

Groundbreaking: February 2020

At the beginning of this year, a multi-family residential infill project in the Brightwood Park neighborhood of Washington, DC began with the demolition of two rowhouses originally built in 1925 along Kennedy Street, NW. The new 4-story plus cellar and penthouse condominium building will provide 21 new residential units with access to a communal rooftop terrace. Currently on site, the below grade concrete slab and foundation walls are being poured. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021. Congratulations to our client, Urbanico Realty Group, general contractor, Cole Construction, and the entire project team!

Park + Ford

Groundbreaking: June 2020

The conversion of two former 14-story office buildings in Alexandria, VA began over the summer with demolition and preparation to transform the spaces into 435 modern apartments. The existing buildings presented an ideal opportunity for conversion to residences and amenities within a mixed-use complex that is designed to meet the evolving needs of renters in Northern Virginia. After obtaining a Development Special Use Permit (DSUP) approval from the City of Alexandria, client Lowe Enterprises released General Contractor Whiting-Turner to commence work. Currently, framing is complete on floors 1-4 while the panelized exterior walls and balconies are being erected. Follow the project’s construction journey through the live cam on-site using the button below.

The Cadence

Groundbreaking: October 2020

Situated just off of Route 50 in Arlington, a new affordable housing project recently began construction. We celebrated the groundbreaking with clients Wesley Housing Development, Contractor Bozutto, Virginia Housing, Arlington County and guests. The Cadence received approval for a 4.1 Site Plan and Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB) on a 4-acre site along Arlington Boulevard, increasing allowable site density and consolidating separate lots. The 98-unit four-story stick-built multi-family building is built over a three-level concrete parking and amenity podium, and includes over 50% multibedroom units and amenity spaces. Project completion is expected in the fall of 2022. See more info and the live construction camera through our website.

Paulist Fathers’ Residence and Mission House

Groundbreaking: October 2020

After extensive programming, a rigorous design process, and review and approval by DC’s Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) and Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), the final piece of a series of redevelopments on the Paulist Fathers’ land in the Brookland neighborhood has begun construction. This new contemporary residence and mission house will serve as a home for seminarians and novices while they study at The Catholic University of America. In mid-October, the Paulist Fathers, general contractor Coakley Williams, and the project team celebrated the milestone by meeting on the site for a groundbreaking ceremony. The project is slated for completion in December 2021. See more info, construction updates, and take a virtual tour below.