Hickok Cole launches new brand identity

WASHINGTON DC – On Thursday, May 10th, Hickok Cole welcomed over 300 clients, partners and friends to its Georgetown, DC office to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary and the launch of a new brand identity. Inspired by the firm’s continuous state of evolution, the new brand reinforces Hickok Cole’s commitment to producing forward-thinking design.

“The new brand is a direct reflection of where the firm is already heading,” said senior principal and owner, Michael Hickok. “Everything about the game has changed – the markets, our clients and projects, even our tools and services. As a firm, we strive to be at the forefront of these changes and now our brand better reflects our aspirations. We’re thrilled with the results and excited for what’s next.”


Over the course of the firm’s 30-year history, Hickok Cole has earned a reputation for staying ahead of the design curve. By embracing the value of research and the success of their grassroots iLAB microgrant program, the firm continues to push itself and the industry to explore new tools and techniques for smarter design that anticipates the needs of the future.

“At the end of the day, we want to do work that matters,” added senior principal and owner Yolanda Cole, “to our clients, and to the people and communities where we work. We’re looking forward to the future, and seeking partners willing to go there with us.”

The Hickok Cole rebrand is the result of a year-long exercise led by Hickok Cole Creative, firm leadership, and the company’s in-house marketing team. For more information on the process, visit http://www.hickokcolecreative.com/#/hickok-cole-rebrand/.


About Hickok Cole

Hickok Cole is a forward-focused design practice connecting bold ideas, diverse expertise, and partners with vision to do work that matters. Informed by research and fueled by creative rigor, we look beyond today’s trends to help our clients embrace tomorrow’s opportunities.


Laura Ewan, CPSM
Director of Marketing and Communications

Waste not, want not: A look inside DC’s first municipal heat exchange system

Construction at the net zero renovation of American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) headquarters is getting really exciting – assuming, like us, you now find work on a 125-year old sewer line to be the pinnacle of your interests. Despite the images (and smells) the word “sewer” brings to mind, it turns out we’re not the only ones interested in the complex systems running below our busy streets. NBC Washington recently published a story on the ways DC Water is using innovation and inventions to lower customers’ bills, featuring the municipal heat exchange system currently being implemented at AGU. The system is the first of its kind in the US, using utility access to “use the sewer’s natural heat and lower heating and cooling costs.”

The investigation shares DC Water’s hopes that “other commercial customers will be interested in buying access to the sewer system to utilize [the new] technology,” and we have to admit that we’re completely on board. Despite the upfront investment required to make access possible, implementing municipal heat exchange systems throughout the District would help reduce the amount of energy used by buildings in the nation’s capital, and help reduce energy costs for building owners.

Sound too good to be true? Fortunately for us, and your future energy bill, it’s not. And in the coming years, AGU will serve as an example of the system’s potential impact, tracking and sharing energy data openly for all to see and learn from. In the meantime, we’ll get you started by covering the basics.

How does it work?
AGU’s updated building systems will tap into the 1890s-era sewer line, diverting wastewater to a settling tank in a ‘wet well’ located just outside of their building at the intersection of Florida and 20th Streets NW. The debris-less water will then be circulated into a sewer heat exchange system that will live in the building’s underground garage. This is where the radiant fluid for the building will be pre-heated or cooled before being circulated throughout the building. Fear not, it is a closed loop system. The murky water will be returned back to the sewer.

Using this strategy, AGU is able to maximize the efficiency of their building’s mechanical systems. So much so that there will be periods during the year where the building will operate in a ‘free cooling‘ mode and the building’s chiller will not be needed to provide supplemental cooling.

Why is this important?
All of this helps reduce AGU’s energy consumption, maximizes the resources on site, and helps the mission-driven organization reach its goal of a net zero energy headquarters.

Fun fact
Using the bathroom uphill from Florida Avenue will help cool the building – AGU thanks you in advance for your support.

Below are some photos of the sewer, located about 30’ below grade in Dupont Circle. All of those pipes and pumps are to re-route the um, flow, while work is underway.

While the first system of its kind to be implemented in the US, the municipal heat exchange is not the only “first” for this project. When complete, AGU will become the first net zero commercial renovation in the nation’s capital.

Want to learn more? Check out this video featuring AGU team member and Managing Principal for Interface Engineering, Roger Frechette. You can find more videos like this, and stay up to date on the latest construction updates from this ground breaking project, by visiting Building AGU.

Holly Lennihan named Director of Sustainable Design

Hickok Cole is pleased to announce that Holly Lennihan has been named the firm’s first Director of Sustainable Design. Holly has been with the firm for 18 years, focusing the majority of her experience on historic preservation, adaptive reuse and repositioning projects. For the past few years, Holly has been spearheading efforts to develop Hickok Cole’s high-performance building practice, and is currently overseeing a multi-year grant with the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and the Environment to provide budget analysis for short- and long-term costs associated with building sustainable infrastructure.

“Holly’s special talent for putting together multi-disciplinary teams has helped address and advance a wide scope of sustainability issues for both our clients and the industry as a whole, the highlight of which is her work as project manager on the Net Zero renovation of American Geophysical Union‘s Headquarters here in DC,” said Hickok Cole Senior Principal, Yolanda Cole. “Moving forward, Holly will be leading several business development efforts to push forward new innovations in mass timber, as well as educating building owners in the benefits of Net Zero and beyond. We’re thrilled to add her experience and passion for sustainability to our leadership team.”

Congratulate and connect with Holly on LinkedIn.

F1RST recognized by Washington Post and Delta Associates Awards for Excellence

It’s been a big week for F1RST Residences in DC’s booming Capitol Riverfront district. The new 300,000 SF, 325-unit luxury apartment building earned a spot on Washington Posts‘s coveted Best of DC list for Best New Apartment Building, as voted by readers.

The project was also recognized at Delta Associates’ 21st Annual Washington/Baltimore Multifamily Market Overview & Awards for Excellence event on Wednesday with an award for Best Washington/Baltimore Mixed-Use Apartment Community. We were there to accept the award, alongside project partners Grosvenor Americas, McCaffery Interests and Clark Enterprises.

Hickok Cole provided full architectural and lifestyle design services for F1RST Residences, including the building’s variety of indoor and outdoor amenities.

The Corcoran and The Hepburn win Multi-Housing News Awards

Multi-Housing News hosted their annual Commercial Property Executive Distinguished Achievement Awards and Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards last Thursday at the Resource Furniture Showroom in New York City. Hickok Cole’s Sarah Barr, Director of Hickok Cole Creative, and Guil Almeida were in attendance, accepting two Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards on behalf of the firm for our work on two of DC’s hottest new residential offerings – The Corcoran and The Hepburn.

The Corcoran, a 34,000 SF, 35-unit apartment building along DC’s 14th Street corridor, won Silver in the Development & Design: Mid-Rise category. The Hepburn, a 260,000 SF luxury apartment building for which Hickok Cole Creative provided branding and marketing services, won Gold in the Best Marketing category.

Congratulations to The Corcoran and The Hepburn teams!

Contact us to learn more about Hickok Cole’s Residential and Creative teams.


#NoLimits: Celebrating our 2017 promotions

The summer season may be over, but here at Hickok Cole that means it’s time for promotions. This year, we continue to build upon our tradition of recognizing individuals who have shown an outstanding commitment to the firm’s core values of Great Design, Great Management, and Great Place to Work. Join us in celebrating these eight leaders from across the firm who represent the spirit of #nolimits – pushing themselves, their work, and our firm to embrace new possibilities and color outside the lines.

Top row: Jason Wright, Peter McCarthy, Jamie Mitchell, Rosa Zlotkovsky. Bottom row: Tais Xavier, Sophia Lu, Jessica Zullo, Tammy Lippman.

Associate Principal
Jason Wright, AIA LEED AP BD+C

“As a leader, Jason brings endless energy and professionalism to every project, putting in whatever effort is required to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. His perspective and judgment are excellent; he’s quick to solve problems; and he’s a sought-after code/building practice resource for the team, sector, and office as a whole. This promotion is a well-deserved reflection of his ongoing dedication and contributions to the firm, and I’m proud to have him as part of our team.”

– Mark Ramirez / Director of Commercial Office, Associate Principal

Senior Associate
Sophia Lau, AIA

“Sophia consistently demonstrates exceptional design acuity and a passion for doing great work. She contributes not only to her projects, but also to office-wide design and cultural initiatives. Her combined abilities and work ethic assure that our clients always get the best design possible. I look forward to seeing her influence and leadership continue to grow within the firm in her new role as Senior Associate.”

– Laurence Caudle / Director of Housing, Principal

Tammy Lippman 

“Tammy has been with Hickok Cole for over ten years, demonstrating dedication to the firm, providing cross-sector design team leadership, and sharing her passion for staff mentorship. Her deep institutional knowledge and senior-level technical expertise have earned her an essential position within our firm’s operational structure. With her promotion to Senior Associate, Tammy enhances Hickok Cole’s leadership circle, adding an established and well-respected voice.”

– Rhea Vaflor / Director of Lifestyle, Associate Principal

Jessica Zullo

“As Director of our RVA studio, Jessica has done a terrific job of breaking into Richmond across several markets. She has actively sought out relationships with the big players in the city and is providing them with new and informed ways to look at the marketplace. Thanks to her efforts, Hickok Cole has landed several significant projects across our market sectors, and our clients in Richmond are able to realize the value of what we bring to the table.”

– Yolanda Cole / Senior Principal

Peter McCarthy

“Time and time again, Peter has proven his ability to juggle multiple tasks without sacrificing client expectations or quality of work. He is incredibly productive and versatile, and tackles every task put in front of him quickly and accurately – a highly valued skill set as project and client demands continue to increase. On top of that, he is a fine designer and a pleasure to work with.”

– Laurence Caudle / Director of Housing, Principal

Jamie Mitchell

“There is no doubt that Jamie has effectively contributed to the success of Hickok Cole Creative. He’s an exceptional designer, art director, and mentor who stewards projects from concept to completion with a “sleeves-rolled-up” approach. Jamie’s unique sensibilities drive him to work collaboratively with clients to develop brand solutions that meet their end goals, and we look forward to the impact his expanded leadership role will have on both our studio and the firm. ”

– Sarah Barr / Creative Director, Associate Principal

Tais Xavier, AIA

“Since joining Hickok Cole in 2016, Tais has quickly proven herself a valuable team player across every project she’s touched. She is a highly effective leader, able to leverage her technical expertise across a wide array of projects while demonstrating a genuine commitment to mentoring those around her. With her promotion to Associate, Tais expands her leadership role within the firm, and helps broaden our design knowledge within the realm of hospitality expertise.”

– Rhea Vaflor / Director of Lifestyle, Associate Principal

Rosa Zlotkovsky, LEED AP

“Rosa consistently demonstrates leadership at both the project and firm level. Her “strong hand” in teaching other staff members (including those more senior) is a core strength upon which we’ve come to rely, whether she’s sharing REVIT tips or helping colleagues prepare for and pass their ARE exams. She is a quiet giant – always working hard, keeping her head down and delivering high-quality work with the best possible spirit and attitude.”

– Mark Ramirez / Director of Commercial Office, Associate Principal

Join the Hickok Cole team.

Want to learn more about our #nolimits culture? We’re currently seeking architects and interior designers in our Washington, DC office. Click here to learn more about Hickok Cole and our open positions.