On January 8, 2020, Hickok Cole, the Menkiti Group, and Enlightened Inc. were joined by Mayor Muriel Bowser and city officials to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the MLK Gateway. Located at the corner of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, this development intends to revitalize the Anacostia neighborhood and serve as a catalyst for economic opportunity. Upon completion, the project will deliver an estimated 400 jobs to the local community.
Our team has worked closely with the Menkiti Group to design a sustainable and equitable space that matches their vision for economic development while addressing the needs and concerns of the Anacostia community. Beginning Q1 2021 upon construction completion, Phase One will feature the restoration of 14,000 SF of ground floor retail and 20,000 SF of newly built office space, and include facade preservation in an effort to maintain continuity of the historic neighborhood. Phase Two design will tentatively start later this year with the goal to start construction soon after the completion of Phase One.
Several companies are already on board to lease the new space, including Enlightened Inc, who has agreed to relocate its headquarters from downtown DC. The tech company will not only increase traffic to the area, but increase career growth with a new incubator program designed to help small tech firms conduct business with the federal government, in addition to offering cybersecurity training geared towards providing local residents with new skill sets.
We are thrilled to be a part of this pivotal development in the heart of Anacostia and look forward to the monumental opportunities it will bring to the community.
2019 was a great year for our staff, our projects and our firm. We put our research into action, saw many of our designs finally realized in construction, and even brought home a few awards. None of it though, would be possible without our partners and our clients. We thank you for sharing our vision and for embracing opportunities focused on building a successful future for our city and the people within it. Now for a rundown of our top moments of the year:
1. In 2019, we welcomed 10 new members to the Hickok Cole team – including a designer who started as an intern this spring!
2. We promoted 13 team members to positions varying from Associate to Principal, and celebrated five staff members who reached significant firm milestones within the firm.
4. We continued our support of net zero and high-performance development through participation in the DMV Net Zero Energy Coalition and ULI Sustainability Committee while strengthening our relationship with the DOEE by helping to inform the real estate industry about goals established by DC’s new Omnibus Act.
5. Our Lifestyle team celebrated the grand opening of The Batley, a warehouse turned residence setting the new standard for modern luxury in DC. Inspired by the history of the Union Market neighborhood, the design features a variety of custom furnishings, finishes and works of art throughout the building’s public and amenity spaces.
6. We transformed our research on modular and mass timber construction into reality with new projects at Benning Road and 80 M SE in DC respectively. Upon completion, 80 M will become the first ever mass timber construction on a commercial office building in DC.
7. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the most ambitious clean energy law in the nation at our American Geophysical Union headquarters project, the first net-zero energy office renovation in the Mid-Atlantic region. The project went on to receive the DC Department of Energy and the Environment’s first ever Clean Energy DC Award.
8. We won and began work on our first project in Philadelphia, a modular multi-family development in historic Fishtown, expanding our geographic reach to include the City of Brotherly Love.
9. Nearly five decades following the fire that burned it down, we helped restore the beloved St. Thomas Parish to the Dupont Circle community – completing a mixed-use renovation and modern interpretation of the church with an adjacent multi-family addition that makes use of the surviving 1970s facade.
10. Hickok Cole’s Richmond office broke ground on their first base building project, The Current, a mixed-use development with Lynx Ventures.
11. We delivered the first phase of our work to modernize National Geographic’s headquarters campus with a new office environment that properly reflects their mission-driven culture, and began work on the next phase of design for the organization’s new entry pavilion.
12. We hosted our first annual Wellness Month (which originated as Wellness Week in 2018) and brought meditation, mindfulness, health and wellness to the workplace thanks to our partners at Steelcase, Bently, Coalesse, Designtex, reDistrict, ALKS, MOI, and many more.
13. Hickok Cole Creative continued to expand upon their portfolio of strategic branding packages for multifamily and commercial buildings across the DMV, while embarking on efforts for new clients in the arts and culture world – including artist residency program, the Nicholson Project and the DC Concert Orchestra Society.
14. The hard work and dedication of our team members was recognized with more than thirty industry awards, including honors from IIDA Premiere MAC, MultiHousing News, AIA Northern Virginia, Retrofit Magazine, Multi Family Executive, and ENR.
15. We strutted the catwalk at Cosmo Couture with our partners Good Lines DC and Buzzi Space in a visionary portrayal of Memory that paid homage to the Kodak Carousel.
16. Our staff shared their expertise at industry events like Design DC, ULI’s Resilience Day, Bisnow’s Greater State of Senior Housing and ARchitecture & Design Summits, and the PHIUS Passive House Conference. We were also invited to serve and began work as co-chair for the upcoming Facades+ DC conference.
18. Our Full Circle Committee organized over 300 staff hours dedicated to volunteer efforts from helping at soup kitchens and running marathons to donating pro-bono design work for Arts on the Block’s new Silver Spring studio.
19. Finally, we raised nearly $150,000 – a new record – in partnership with Washington Project for the Arts at our annual Art Night event which featured a custom pop-art themed signage, invitations, and swag designed by Hickok Cole Creative.
Looking forward to a bright 2020 – we’ll see you then!
Hickok Cole Positions Workplace Interiors Practice for Continued Success with Appointment of New Leadership
Melissa Brewer joins Hickok Cole’s Amy Shavelson to lead the department in tandem.
WASHINGTON, DC – November 11, 2019 – Hickok Cole, an award-winning regional design and architecture firm, welcomed new Senior Associate and Co-Director of Interior Design, Melissa Brewer and announced the promotion of Amy Shavelson to Co-Director. The two will lead the firm’s workplace interior design practice in tandem.
Melissa Brewer joins Hickok Cole with more than 15 years of experience in corporate, multi-family and hospitality design. Hailing from California, she has spent most of her career in the Minneapolis office of Cuningham Group Architecture, where she was the primary interior designer and client contact for managing the interiors work on the Epic Systems 10,000 employee, 26+ building tech corporate campus. Additionally, she served as lead interior designer on hospitality, retail, education and corporate projects. Brewer relocated to DC last year as Interior Design Director at the DC office of BKV Group.
“We’re thrilled to have Melissa on board to embark on the next chapter of our workplace interiors practice,” said Michael E. Hickok, Principal and Co-Owner of Hickok Cole. “Her design insights and storied experience working on a range of high-caliber corporate projects will prove invaluable as we look towards 2020 and beyond. We are confident Melissa will propel the team towards continued success in implementing bold, user-based design.”
Amy Shavelson has over 15 years of experience in commercial interior design. She is accomplished in the execution, direction and management of all phases of commercial interior design, with experience encompassing a broad spectrum of market sectors including associations, technology, corporate, retail and health care. She has designed and managed commercial and interior design projects in the Washington, DC area, New York and in Baghdad.
In her new role, Shavelson will continue to focus on broker and landlord relationships, as well as corporate and non-profit end users. Brewer will focus on corporate headquarter interiors and build-to-suit projects in collaboration with Hickok Cole’s commercial architecture practice. While both are experienced in all aspects of interior design projects from programming, visioning, design, management, detailing and construction administration, Brewer will lean towards design management and Shavelson will lean toward project management.
“We want to specifically recognize Amy’s leadership during these past few months, driving innovative business strategy while continuing to foster relationships and expand the firm’s network,” added Yolanda Cole, Principal and Co-Owner of Hickok Cole. “Amy’s excellent project management skills paired with Melissa’s affinity for conceptual design will serve us well as we continue to shape and build upon the practice. We look forward to the future of workplace design under their leadership.”
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. We’ve called DC home for more than 30 years, and are proud to have designed homes for some of the area’s leading organizations, including National Geographic, JLL, and the American Geophysical Union.
WASHINGTON, DC – Hickok Cole’s Joel Onorato, Jason Wright, Holly Lennihan, and Guil Almeida were selected to participate in this year’s AIA DesignDC Conference in Washington, DC from September 16 through September 18, 2019. The premier regional conference theme, Charged Up, will focus on the unique challenges facing architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors and developers in the DC metro area with a range of panels covering emerging technologies, trends, and the intersection of sustainability and design.
Joel, Jason and Holly will speak on various panels throughout the conference on subjects including the circular economy, DC building code changes, sustainable retrofitting and net zero energy. Guil will lead a guided tour of the American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC’s first commercial office building to achieve net-zero energy.
Is the Building World Ready for the Circular Economy?
Joel Onorato, Architect and Structural Engineer
Sept. 16, 2019 at 8:30-10:00 am Materials require large amounts of energy and finite resources during production but normally end up in landfills after demolition. This presentation will cover why it is necessary to transition to the Circular Economy where waste, material consumption and environmental impact are minimized by keeping products and materials in use in order to drastically reduce this impact.
Upcoming Changes to the DC Building Code
Jason Wright, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal
Sept. 16, 2019 at 10:15-11:45 am In response to the 2018 published Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the 2017 District of Columbia Construction Codes, this discussion will focus on many of the key code changes that will impact design and construction in the District, including an overview of the 2017 DC Construction Code proposed changes and include a Q+A session. Jason joins Chris Campbell, PE from Arup on the panel.
Retrofitting Existing Buildings – DC’s Sustainability Guide for Existing and Historic Properties
Holly Lennihan, LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Design
Sept. 17, 2019 at 8:45-10:15 am This session will provide an overview of the “Sustainability Guide for Existing and Historic Properties” intended to promote and facilitate green retrofits of existing older buildings in a manner that will improve their performance and energy-efficiency while also respecting their character. Holly joins Laura Huges from EHT Traceries, Sarah Vonesh, LEED and Melanie De Cola LEED on the panel.
Coming Up: Another Way of Getting to Net Zero
Holly Lennihan, LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Design
Sept. 17, 2019 at 2:15-3:45 pm This panel of designers and ecologist will discuss the ecology of the District, the practices that contribute to the health of our habitat, how positive impact can be measured and case studies that illustrate methods for creating health urban habitats. Holly joins Joe Chambers, ASLA from Landscape Architecture Bureau, Damien Ossi from Department of Energy and the Environment and Dr. Robert McDonald from The Nature Conservancy on the panel.
Tour: The American Geophysical Union
Guil Almeida, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate and Project Designer
Sept. 18, 2019 at 10:00 am-12:00 pm During this session, participants will tour and learn about The American Geophysical Union, the first-ever net zero energy renovation of an existing commercial building in the District. The tour will highlight the unique systems installed in the building and the innovative blend of architecture and engineering.
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DC DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT— Led by DOEE, Hickok Cole Architects and partners have developed this draft proposal that presents a vision for enhancing the islands as a unique educational and recreational asset for children and residents of the District, an oasis in the city that will protect critical habitats and species representing the District, and work towards the goals of a healthy restored Anacostia River and an engaged community.
WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL — Two dilapidated townhouses and a circa-1912 warehouse do not naturally add up to a modern, amenity-filled District apartment building. They do now. Equity and Hickok Cole Architects have restored and hand painted the brick walls and added custom-made fixtures that recall the warehouse’s industrial past.
We invite you to join us as we INVESTIGATE the things that INSPIRE us and transform our lives. During the course of the year we will highlight advancements in technology, art, architecture, and design. We will explore how these innovations push the boundaries and stretch our conventional notions about the built environment, work styles, fabrication, and all things design.
Hickok Cole’s interiors group met with design extraordinaire Suzanne Tick this morning at the Tandus showroom in Georgetown to hear about her design process and preview several new textiles from her collection. Continue reading →