Montgomery County, Maryland’s growing and increasingly diverse population requires the development of various housing typologies to meet the needs of a wide range of resident demographics. Our clients, along with the county, are filling these urban voids with innovative, intergenerational communities that include moderately priced dwelling units (MDPUs), senior housing, and multi-unit, clustered “missing middle” housing. New projects in Wheaton with affordable housing developer AHC Inc., and in Bethesda with market-rate developer Acumen, have received Montgomery County Certified Site Plan (CSP) approvals and will offer a combined 268 new residential units.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Augusta, 3831 Georgia Avenue, NW | Washington, DC
917 Kennedy Street, NW | Washington, DC
Park + Ford | Alexandria, VA
The Cadence | Arlington, VA
Paulist Fathers’ Residence and Mission House | Washington, DC
Across federal and local jurisdictions in the region, Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS has obtained community support and approvals on projects that require careful analysis and design solutions responding to unique urban conditions, while maximizing value for our clients. With over 150 entitlements awarded on more than 75 projects, we maintain a 100% approval rate. Most recently, B|HA worked closely with the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning, the Bethesda Board of Architectural Review and the Montgomery County Planning Board (MCPB) on projects located in Silver Spring, MD and Bethesda, MD, and with the DC Office of Planning (DCOP) and the Zoning Commission on an affordable housing project in Washington, DC.
The Midtown Row mixed-use development in Williamsburg, VA is taking shape as steel and concrete podiums are in place and wood framing is complete on multiple buildings. Midtown Row includes four new mixed-use buildings with 70,000 square feet of retail, office, and housing for over 620 residents, two grocery-anchored shopping centers with community-serving retail, an activated community green space, and parking garage. Buildings 1 and 4, the two larger L-shaped buildings, will be the first to be constructed. Building 1 will serve as the main hub for community and resident interaction. It will house the leasing office and a series of amenity spaces for the residents including an exterior patio with a pool.
Changing trends in the religious sector are increasingly leading many clerical orders to capitalize on the value of their land by selling all or parts of it for redevelopment, while in turn building smaller, more versatile and efficient facilities. Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS is working on one such project with the Paulist Fathers, who are building a new right-sized mission house and residence as the last of a series of redevelopments of the Paulist’s land in the Brookland neighborhood, DC’s “Little Rome”.