Topping Out AND Touring Park + Ford
Watching projects leave our drawing boards and enter the real world generates tremendous energy and excitement for our firm. Just over a year ago, the Park + Ford project began demolition, and has since made remarkable progress in its dramatic transformation from 1980’s office towers to 435 amenity-rich residential units in Alexandria, VA.
Last month, the B|HA project team, client Lowe Enterprises, general contractor Whiting-Turner and several hundred subcontractor personnel, gathered on the outdoor terrace to celebrate the project’s “topping out”. With just a few short months remaining until completion, the Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS team returned to the construction site for a tour led by design team, David Haresign, FAIA, John Edwards, Assoc. AIA, Ronnie Ali and Lizza Medina. Periodic construction tours conducted by the firm educate our team about specific challenges and opportunities associated with complex projects, including unique adaptive use projects like Park + Ford.
New Lease of Life for Historic Georgetown Trio
Three multi-family apartment buildings within blocks of each other in the Georgetown Historic District have been restored and modernized, breathing new life into these 100 year old apartment buildings that are some of the earliest purpose built multi-family buildings in Washington DC.
Our client, John Hedden, whose family owned the buildings since the 1950s, led the renovation efforts with thoughtfulness and care, guiding the project through review at the Old Georgetown Board and subsequently through a challenging construction phase. The exciting transformation of these elegant buildings ensures they will endure for centuries to come.
Case Studies – Adaptive Reuse | July 21, 2021 10:00am
Lowe and Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS will present a case study on the exciting Park + Ford project, an adaptive reuse of two former office buildings into multi-family with 435 residential units.
OPX will share a case study on how they transformed a century old church into a full-service boutique hotel.
Join Us for A’21 Day 1!
Join Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS tomorrow, Day 1 of the four-day immersive digital experience with a powerhouse lineup of seminars and keynotes where you’ll hear from the best in architecture and design! David Haresign, FAIA, will be leading a seminar on firm resilience alongside Barbara Campagna, FAIA, moderated by William Richards. Get your tickets now! We hope to see you there.
Living Legacy in LeDroit Park
Historic Slowe and Carver Halls provided housing for single war workers and then Howard University students for an impressive 75-year span, but each had reached the end its useful life as this specific dormitory design. Both buildings were designed by Hilyard Robinson, a distinguished architect and the first African American to earn an architecture degree from Columbia University (B.Arch,1924 and M.S. in Architecture, 1931).
Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS along with client team Urban Investment Partners and Neighborhood Development Company creatively and painstakingly transformed the two Howard University dormitory buildings into 164 moderately priced apartments while preserving a historically significantly piece of the LeDroit Park community. These three-story apartment budlings offer the only high-density multifamily residences in the walkable and public transit-oriented neighborhood.
AIA Potomac Valley Webinar: Marketing Your Architecture Firm
Robust marketing is a primary requirement for successful architecture firms. David Haresign, FAIA is participating with a panel of national and local experts on Tuesday, April 20 to discuss the marketing strategies that have been proven to win business and retain clients. AIA Potomac Valley will facilitate an informative discussion that will provide attendees with a spectrum of tips and strategies for developing a strong marketing program for design firms. We hope to see you online for this lively discussion!
BISNOW DIGITAL SUMMIT: GREATER D.C. REPOSITIONING AND ADAPTIVE REUSE
On Wednesday, April 7, many of D.C.’s developers, architects, city officials, and more will join Bisnow’s Digital Summit to discuss strategies and challenges for Repositioning & Adaptive Reuse in Greater D.C. Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS’ Partner Bill Bonstra, FAIA, LEED AP will be speaking on the topic including his experience leading the design of several notable adaptive reuse projects throughout the region.
Attendees will learn how owners and developers are making the switch from office to multifamily, how investors are financing their repositioning techniques, and other trends and forms of repositioning such as church or hotel to residential, retail to industrial, etc. We hope to see you online for this lively discussion and networking event.
New to Our Team in 2021
We proudly celebrate our 4 new team members, who have joined us in 2021: Alanna Gladney, Gabriela Fuentes, Sumayia Samad, Jhave Buenaventura, and our Intern and Extern, Matt Gilmore and Oliver Church. Our people are our most valuable resource. These new team members were thoughtfully selected by the partners for their creativity, intelligence and talent, for their ability to operate in our collegial studio environment, and for their commitment and interest in our collaborative culture that values our clients, the community, continuing education, and the advancement of our profession.
Please join us in welcoming these dedicated individuals who passionately believe in the power of design to positively shape the world.
New and Historic: Fostering Urban Communities
Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS recently completed two residential projects across the city that uniquely enhance the urban fabric and reinforce a connection between their residents and the community. A new infill project along the lively H Street corridor reflects the neighborhood’s energy and diversity, with a contrast of materials and forms in a contemporary composition that relates to the proportions of its re-purposed Victorian neighbors. A Foggy Bottom rowhouse built in the late 1880’s is preserved and revitalized for a client legacy with a contemporary style and creative design solutions to allow sunlight to penetrate into a narrow building envelope.