After 14 months in pursuit of Amazon’s massive campus and nearly $3B in economic incentives, city and state officials in the winning cities are now faced with a grueling task: to ensure there is enough housing at an affordable price to accommodate existing residents, new Amazon hires and the rash of companies and families that will migrate to the area in hopes of capitalizing on Amazon’s presence.

Plaza West is where the families they left behind pick up the pieces and arrange them into something new: grandfamilies. The building looks like any other new but unremarkable apartment complex in downtown Washington, but inside, it’s a safe haven for people in vastly different stages of life. Children run the halls, followed slowly, dutifully, by their grandparents. The kids’ moms and dads don’t live here; they’re on the streets, or in shelters, prisons, abusive homes, rehab facilities, graveyards, the wind.

BISNOW – Beyond the new styles of developments that are coming, the future of architecture will also feature new methods for constructing projects that can make them less labor-intensive without sacrificing quality, Senior Principal Yolanda Cole said.

Art Night 2018

Supporting Local Artists & Washington Project for the Arts

On Thursday, October 25th, the Washington, DC art and real estate communities came together in celebration of local artists at Hickok Cole’s Art Night – an annual exhibit and fundraiser benefitting Washington Project for the Arts. Curator Judy Sherman of Art. At Work. selected compelling works by local contemporary artists working in a variety of media. Art Night 2018 generated $110,000 in artwork sales, with many pieces still available. Art Night will be on display for an additional week, closing Friday, November 2nd. Interested buyers are encouraged to contact Washington Project for the Arts for a private tour.

Now in its 18th year, Art Night has raised over $1,000,000 in support of WPA’s mission to support artist-driven projects, advocacy, and dialogue so that artists can live, work, and flourish. Patrons show their support in two ways: attending Art Night and, more importantly, BUYING ART. With event expenses sponsored by Hickok Cole, each sale benefits both WPA and the artists directly, with all proceeds shared equally between the two. This year’s collection features over 200 works at a variety of price points – bringing pieces that are compelling and affordable for experienced and aspiring collectors alike.


Hickok Cole generated $72,500 in advance sales through our Art Angel and Art Cherub programs. Each Art Angel commits $2,500 towards the purchase of art at Art Night, with Art Cherubs committing $500 each.

2018 Art Angels include:

  • Above Green
  • ALKS/Siena
  • Arup
  • Bognet Construction
  • Brian & Jennifer Coulter
  • Clark Construction Group, LLC
  • DAVIS Construction
  • Douglas Development Corporation
  • Equity Residential
  • Geppetto Catering
  • GPI
  • Grunley Construction Company
  • Haworth
  • Hickok Cole
  • HITT Contracting, Inc.
  • Hoachlander Davis Photography
  • Interior Design Magazine
  • John Benziger & Betsy Young
  • Lantian Development
  • Mohawk Group
  • Oehme, van Sweden & Associates
  • Plaza Construction
  • Potomac Wines & Spirits
  • Price Modern
  • Ray Ritchey
  • Regency Commercial Construction
  • Rob & Kathryn Stewart
  • Snell Properties
  • Structura
  • Ultra Violet Flowers
  • Washington REIT
  • WSP

2018 Cherubs include:

  • Anthony Balestrieri
  • John Bisch
  • Jay Brinson
  • Laura Ewan & Mark Palmer
  • Brad Fennell
  • Derek Gallardo
  • Hannah Magsamen-Barry
  • Steve Marker & Joe Palumbo
  • Courtney Hansen & David Richards
  • Robert Holzbach
  • Devon Perkins
  • Rory & Lauren Pillsbury
  • David & Samantha Prestidge
  • David Tuchmann
  • Stefano Sani

Each year, Senior Principals, Michael Hickok, FAIA and Yolanda Cole, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP commit to purchasing a work of art for the firm’s collection. Employees vote for their favorite, and the piece with the most votes at 8:30PM wins. This year’s selection is Lincoln Memorial, a photograph on metal with resin by Washington, DC photographer Colin Winterbottom.

BISNOW –D.C. developers have spent years churning out homogeneous office buildings, maximizing the height under the city’s zoning limit and creating all-glass exteriors to bring in light, but the latest projects have begun to differentiate themselves, a trend D.C.’s leading architects say is intentional.

WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL – More than 30 percent of the project’s units have already been leased.

WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL – Penzance is out with new renderings of its western Rosslyn makeover.

URBANTURF — This spring, UrbanTurf reported on plans in the works for a residential building on the Masonic Temple-owned lot at 15th Street and S Street NW (map). Now, we’re getting our first look at the by-right project.

THE WASHINGTON POST – There are many ways to describe Plaza West, a newly constructed building in Northwest Washington designed specifically for grandparents raising grandchildren: a long-held vision, needed niche housing, the product of a partnership.

F1RST Residences wins TWO Awards of Merit for Best Multi-Family Project and Best Amenity Space at the 2018 NAIOP DC|MD Awards of Excellence