Awards

2016

  • Build Architecture Awards
Community Committment Award, Washington, D.C.

  • Affordable Housing of Montgomery County

The Residence at Thayer:  First Place - New Construction

Richmond Hill Manor:  First Place - Renovation

2015

  • Affordable Housing of Montgomery County

    The Residence at Thayer:  Second Place - New Construction

    SOME New York Avenue:  Second Place - Renovation
  • AIA Maryland Design Award

    Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library:  Excellence in Design - Honor Award
  • Hand Housing Achievement Award

    Bass Circle: Best Large Affordable Housing Project (June 2015)

2014

  • Delta Associates

    Sky House:  Best Adaptive Re-Use Building
  • Affordable Housing of Montgomery County

    The Avenue:  First Place - New Construction

    The Larkspur:  First Place - Renovation
  • EarthCraft Sustainable Leadership Award

    Colonial Village:  Project of the Year( April 2013)

2013

  • Hand Housing Achievement Award

    Michael Wiencek: Best Housing Partner
  • Affordable Housing of Montgomery County

    Samuel J. Simmons NCBA Estates: First Place - Renovation
  • EarthCraft Sustainable Leadership Award

    Colonial Village:  Project of the Year( April 2013)

2012

2011

  • Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County

    Williston Apartments: First Place - Housing Renovation

2010

  • AIA Potomac Valley Chapter 2010 Design Awards

    Overlook At Oxon Run: Citation for a Built Residential Multi-Family Project (October 2010)
  • 2010 District of Columbia Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Awards

    CPDC: The Green Renovation of Wheeler Terrace Apartments: Outstanding Achievement by a Construction/Development Company (August 2010)
  • Hand Housing Achievement Award

    Wheeler Terrace Apartments: Best Affordable Housing Project (May 2010)

2009

  • Hand Housing Achievement Award

    Mayfair Mansions: Best Project in DC (June 2009)
  • Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County

    Renaissance Square Artists Housing: The Artistic “Green” House Award (May 2009)
  • African American Real Estate Professionals

    Wheeler Terrace Apartments: Innovation in Green/Sustainable Design (April 2009)
  • Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington

    Cafritz Foundation Arts Center: Excellence in Structural Engineering, Outstanding Project Award for Structural Renovations (February 2009)
  • Mid-Atlantic Construction Best of 2009 Awards

    KIPP DC: Will Academy Public Charter School: Small Project Award of Merit (November 2009)

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Recent News

Michael Wiencek to host National Build Museum Talk

04.21.2017

Michael Wiencek, Jr., FAIA will be presenting three case studies in the Washington metropolitan area where innovative problem solving design created desirable housing units from old office buildings.  Cities across the country are struggling to keep up with the demand for housing. Urban land values make building new housing from the ground up an expensive proposition, which often translates to higher housing prices.  However, opportunities exist to convert abandoned or underutilized office buildings into mixed-income residential housing.

Event Details:
National Building Museum; Monday, May 8, 2017 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm

http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/205818025?view=Detail&id=121971


Wiencek's Newest Design for DC

04.06.2017

Check our our newest design. It's exciting to see our Northwest One project featured in the Washington Business Journal. This concept by Michael Wiencek creates a vibrant community that connects NW1 with key areas and provides much needed mixed use housing for DC.
https://lnkd.in/dK2u86R


Michael Wiencek Elected to AIA College of Fellows 2017

02.08.2017


Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners is proud to announce our founder and President, Michael Wiencek, was elected to the American Institute of Architecture’s prestigious College of Fellows.  This highly competitive award is well-deserved milestone for Michael who has spent his career as a pioneer in bringing excellent design to over 80,000 multi-family units, setting the standards for affordable and mixed-income communities and earning 150 national and regional awards.  Congratulations Michael.


Read our Summer Newsletter

09.29.2016

Click here.


Building of the Week: Francis A. Gregory Library

09.21.2016

Greater Greater Washington features Francis A. Gregory Library.  Click to read more.  


East Baltimore Project Featured in Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Business Journal

06.24.2016

Congratulations to our client, Pennrose Development, who made further strides towards developing exceptional market rate apartments and townhomes near Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. https://lnkd.in/eJkhj63. Wiencek + Associates is thrilled to be providing the design for this important mixed use project. Read more here...



BUILD awards Wiencek + Associates with the Community Commitment Award

06.13.2016

W + A received an Award for Community Commitment in the Washington, D.C. area.  We are very proud of our contribution to the local community through our design work.


Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County Recognizes W+A Projects

05.16.2016

The Residences at Thayer received First Place for New Construction.  Richmond Hill Manor receivedFirst Place for Renovation.  We are very excited that these projects were recognized for their design excellence and impact on the local community.


Congratulations to Anna McCorvey for passing her ARE's!

04.06.2016

W+A extends its warm congratulations to Anna McCorvey who recently passed her final ARE exam and is now officially a registered architect.  Congratulations Anna!



Wiencek turns 30!

03.01.2016

30 Years Ago Today...Wiencek + Associates was born in a basement and quickly grew to incorporate two townhomes. Today we enjoy a beautiful new 6,200sqft office overlooking downtown DC . We are honored to celebrate our 30th anniversary, as we remember our past, appreciate those whose lives we have touched along the way and thank all of our clients who have made our success possible.



Article by Michael Wiencek:"New Opportunities for Mixed-income Housing in Desirable Transit-Oriented Neighborhoods...", published by the AHCMC

02.01.2016

Gentrification of our downtown areas is displacing more and more economically disadvantaged residents, forcing them to move further and further away from services, transportation, and employment opportunity.  Rents in existing multi-family housing stock continue to rise... Read More


W+A one of 50 Enterprise Green Communities Technical Assistance

12.01.2015

W+A continues to be one of just 50 nationwide Enterprise Green Communities Technical Assistance providers and one of the few Green Communities Accredited Green Charette Providers.

The Technical Assistance Proficers are qualified experts in topics related to the design, development and construction of energy efficient, environmentally friendly and safe affordable housing. Enterprise Green Communities has vetted consultants in the TA Provider Database to ensure that each organization has the appropriate credentials and a history of delivering high-quality technical expertise. Those listed have demonstrated their continued commitment to bringing sustainable solutions to the affordable housing sector.

Read more... 



Michael Wiencek Nominated for FAIA

11.02.2015

Michael Wiencek has been nominated for the prestigious Fellowship position by the American Institute of Architects.  Fellowship is bestowed by the AIA on member architects who have made outstanding contributions to the profession through design excellence, contributions in the field of architectural education, or to the advancement of the profession.   This is a tremendous honor for Mr. Wiencek and the firm.



Wiencek Moves Offices

10.01.2015

Wiencek + Associates has moved to a newly designed building at the corner of L and Vermont in NW DC (1100 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005).  The office encompasses the entire 8th floor overlooking McPherson Square with scenic views of the Washington Monument.  Mr. Wiencek designed the space to enhance the collaborative and design efforts of his team in order to better serve the needs of our distinguished clients.


Congratulations to Troy Urman on passing his final ARE!

06.12.2014

W+A extends its warm congratulations to Troy Urman who recently passed his final ARE exam and is officially a registered architect.  Congratulations!


Op-Ed by Michael Wiencek on Mixed-Income Communities featured in AHCMC Newsletter

12.09.2013

Check out Michael's op-ed piece on the need for income equality and mixed-income communities the the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County's Fall newsletter.  Read more...


An exciting tour of Sky House with the National Building Museum

11.04.2013

On Saturday, November 2, W+A joined members of the National Building Museum and Urban Atlantic, the developer of the project, for a behind-the-scenes tour of Sky House, an up-and-coming new development located on the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, DC.  Sky House includes two towers that formerly served as the headquarters for the Environmental Protection Agency.  W+A, along with Hamel Builders, is redeveloping both towers to provide a combined total of more than 500 units of mixed-income housing in this developing neighborhood.


W+A celebrates the re-opening of the Larkspur Apartments

10.30.2013

The Larkspur Apartments (formerly the Howard Manor Apartments) in Arlington, VA celebrated a recently completed renovation and expansion of the existing apartment units, as well as the addition of a new community center.  The Larkspur provides 76 units of housing for low and moderate-income individuals and families in Northern Virginia.  W+A celebrated the opening with Community Preservation Development Corporation (CPDC) (developer), Hamel Builders (general contractor), and many other team members and representatives from Arlington County.


W+A DC welcomes Valerie Hassett and Jennifer Johnson to our team

10.15.2013

W+A DC recently welcomed Valerie Hassett and Jennifer Johnson to the W+A family.

Valerie Hassett, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C came to W+A with over 20 years of experience as an architect and interior designer.  She has an extensive understanding of a wide variety of building types, including master site planning, offices, educational facilities, hotels, restaurants, churches, and multifamily residential.  She has overseen architectural design work for multiple projects at once with a wide range of building typologies.  She is skilled at understanding the special needs of clients adn fostering long-term relationships.  Valerie has been recognized by her peers with the Herb Ginsberg Leadership Award.  Past president of both AIA Northern Virginia and the IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Valerie is also President-elect for the Virginia Society AIA.

Originally from Southern California, Jennifer Johnson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C has lived in the DC area since high school and obtained both Masters and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Virginia Tech.  She has 8 years of mixed-use and commercial experience, largely with construction administration and coordination.  She is the Chair of the USGBC-NCR's Education Committee, which plans and hosts all area "GreenLearn" events.  She is also an experienced LEED Consultant and Trainer.


W+A Libraries featured on GGW blog

06.28.2013

DCPL's Bellevue and Francis Gregory Libraries were featured in a wonderful article on the GreaterGreaterWashington blog.  We are continually proud of the work our team completed to help bring these libraries to life!  Check out the article here.


The Grand Opening of University Gardens II

06.27.2013

Wiencek + Associates happily celebrated the grand opening of University Gardens (Phase II) located at 440 University Blvd. E. in Silver Spring, MD.  University Gardens is a 4-story senior housing center owned by the Korean Community Senior Housing Corporation and NCBA.  Phase II included the addition of 27 1-bedroom units.  Local dignitaries in attendance included Consul General Honorable Do Ho Kang, Honorable Susan Lee, and Honorable Ike Leggett, among others.


W+A libraries win 2013 RIBA International Awards!

06.19.2013

The Francis Gregory DC Public Library and the William O Lockridge/Bellevue DC Public Library each won a 2013 RIBA International Award for architectural excellence!  Check out this link for more information.


W+A wins 2 AHCMC Awards!

05.10.2013

Wiencek + Associates is the proud recipient of two awards from the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County! Congratulations to our NCBA team who won 1st place in the Renovation awards category and the team for The Avenue at Park Morton for tying for 2nd place in the New Construction awards category.


Parcel 42 - show your support and sign the petition!

04.12.2013

W+A is teamed with the Neighborhood Development Company in the final round of competition for redevelopment of Parcel 42 in the Shaw Neighborhood.  Our team has an online petition to encourage community support for our proposal.  Show your support and sign the petition!  http://www.shawparcel42.com


Michael Wiencek receives the Best Housing Partner Award from HAND!

04.10.2013

Congratulations to Michael Wiencek, who was recently awarded the 2013 Best Housing Partner Award by the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND).  Michael will receive the award at the HAND Annual Meeting on June 11.  http://www.handhousing.org


Colonial Village celebrates its ribbon cutting!

04.04.2013

Colonial Village, one of the first garden apartment communities and the first to be insured by FHA, celebrated its ribbon cutting after several months of extensive unit and site renovation efforts.  This 162-unit residential community provides affordable housing options for residents of Arlington, VA.  In addition to substantial unit upgrades, the project included a sustainable scope that increased the community's water and energy efficiency and created healthier indoor and outdoor environments.  Most recently, the project was award the Multifamily Renovation Project of the Year Award by EarthCraft Virginia.


Copeland Manor Apartments celebrates its Grand Opening!

12.13.2012



Wiencek + Associates was proud to celebrate the opening of the Copeland Manor Apartments, a 61-unit cooperative in Ward 7 that fought for more than 6 years to redevelop their community and preserve affordability for all its residents.  Developed by NHT/Enterprise and built by Hamel Builders, Copeland Manor was funded through HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2.  Copeland Manor is currently pursuing Green Community certification through the Enterprise Foundation.


Libraries recognized by AIA Potomac Valley with Honor Award

10.20.2012

The Francis A. Gregory and William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Libraries were both recognized by the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with Honor Awards for the Institutional Project category.


ENR Mid-Atlantic presents Award of Merit to the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library

10.19.2012

We are pleased to announce that the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library received an Award of Merit by ENR Mid-Atlantic.  The library was submitted by the project's General Contractor, Coakley Williams Construction, and was recognized for excellence in design and constructability.


AIA DC awards the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library with Merit Award

09.28.2012

The William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library received an Award of Merit from the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  We are very excited that this library was recognized for its design excellence and impact on the local community.


The Avenue celebrates its grand opening and a Taste of Georgia Avenue

09.21.2012

The Avenue Apartments, the first phase of the implementation of the Park Morton New Communities Initiative, celebrated its grand opening amid much fanfare.  Hosted in conjunction with a "Taste of Georgia Avenue" reception, the event included local dignitaries, such as Mayor Vincent Gray, Director Michael Kelly (DHCD), Director Adrianne Todman (DCHA), Director Harry Sewell (DCHFA), Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins, along with representatives from Freddie Mac and Capital One.  Local restaurants featured at the event included Top Spanish Cafe, Sweet Mango, MaMa's Southern Cuisine, and Negril Eatery.  The Avenue Apartments includes 72 units of affordable housing with modern amenities and provides much needed housing for lower income groups in the Georgia Avenue corridor.


Westwood Oaks celebrates its grand opening!

09.20.2012

The Westwood Oaks Apartments (formerly known as Suburbia Fairfax) celebrated its grand opening.  Developed by Community Preservation Development Corporation and built by Hamel Builders, Westwood Oaks is located in Fairfax, VA and features 54 units of affordable housing for families.  This community is yet another example of how quality housing can be preserved and improved for lower income families.


Vote for your favorite Mini-Golf hole: Mulligans on the Mall!

08.15.2012

As Mini-Golf at the National Building Museum winds down (closes Labor Day weekend), cast your vote for W+A's "Mulligans on the Mall" as your favorite!  Cast your vote for Mulligans on the Mall here

And be sure to visit NBM before it closes to play the course!


Mini-Golf at the National Building Museum featured in ArchDaily

07.16.2012

Click here for the latest from ArchDaily (including the pics of Michael Wiencek and his daughter, Holly)


New Francis Gregory and Bellevue/Lockridge Libraries profiled in WaPo.

06.26.2012

Check out the link here: Washington Post


Cutting the ribbon on the new Francis Gregory Neighbhorhood Library

06.19.2012

Greeted by a youth steel drum band, the community of Ward 7 jubilantly celebrated the opening of the new Francis Gregory Neighborhood Library. 


Celebrating the opening of the new Bellevue/Lockridge Library

06.13.2012

The community, along with local elected officials and members of the design team, gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new Bellevue/William O. Lockridge Neighborhood Library. 


Check out the Sky House construction update in the Southwest Quadrant

06.05.2012

http://southwestquadrant.blogspot.com/2012/06/construction-update-part-i-sky-house.html


814 Thayer Avenue featured in DCmud

05.30.2012

Check out the spotlight on 814 Thayer Avenue in today's DCmud newsletter: DCmud


"Meet the Architect" event at Woodridge Library

05.24.2012

Wiencek + Associates and Bing Thom Architects participated in the DC Public Library's "Meet the Architect" event at the Woodridge Neighborhood Library on the evening of May 23.  In spite of the torrential downpours, dozens of residents came out to meet the design team and hear about the possibilities in store for the new Woodridge Library.


NCBA Estates rededicated!

05.03.2012

The Samuel J. Simmons NCBA Estates were rededicated today, and the completion has been long and anxiously awaited.  NCBA Estates provides 174 units for low-income seniors in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Northwest, Washington, DC.  The re-dedication ceremony was well attended by representatives the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, the District of Columbia (including Mayor Vincent Gray and Councilmember Jim Graham), and the Federal Government (including Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Marie Head, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD).


W+A celebrates the groundbreaking of Colonial Village

10.26.2011

W+A joined Wesley Housing, Hamel Builders, Capital One, VHDA, Hudson Housing Capital, and Arlington County, VA to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Colonial Village Apartments.  Colonial Village will undergo a phased renovation to provide 130 units of affordable housing for residents in Arlington, VA.


Buckingham Village III wins 2011 Virginia Housing Award

10.26.2011

The Arlington County - CPHD Housing Division has won a 2011 Virginia Housing Award for the Best Housing Preservation/Revitalization Effort for Buckingham Village 3!  The award will be presented at the Governor's Housing Conference in Hampton Roads on November 17.


Celebrating innovation in green with the opening of the Stoneybrook Apartments

10.20.2011

The Stoneybrook Apartments (formerly known as the Buckman Road Apartments) in Alexandria, VA celebrated its grand opening and transformation into a sustainable living community.  In addition to the unit upgrades that the 204 units received, a new community center with a green undulated roof and sustainable site features, such as rain barrels and a bioretention area, were added to the development.


St. Dennis featured in The Epoch Times

10.13.2011

Great article on the recent reopening of the St. Dennis Apartments: The Epoch Times


The St. Dennis Apartments celebrates its grand opening!

10.12.2011

 OnOctober 6, 2011, city officials, community leaders, and members of the design and development team joined to celebrate the grand opening of the St. Dennis Apartments in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC.  Led by the unwavering perseverance of the Martinez sisters and their strategic partnership with NHT/Enterprise, the development team worked diligently to renovate and preserve this historic building which now provides 32 apartment units to low- and moderate-income individuals and families. 


W+A featured in WaPo for CANstruction 2011

09.19.2011

Check out the write-up on the 2011 CANstruction competition - and the great mention about W+A: WaPo: Edible construction projects benefit Capital Area Food Bank


KIPP DC: WILL Academy achieves LEED Silver!

09.06.2011

W+A is pleased to announce the KIPP DC: WILL Academy achieved LEED Silver Certification from the US Green Building Council.  KIPP DC: WILL Academy is a public charter school in Washington, DC serving nearly 350 students in grades 5-8.  W+A completed the design for a new, 15,000 sqf addition to the existing facility.  Click here to learn more about this project.


CANstruction 2011 - W+A obtains an Honorable Mention

09.06.2011

The winners were announced on Monday, September 5, 2011 at the National Building Museum, and W+A is happy to announce that we received an Honorable Mention for our sculpture "Fighting Hunger: There's an App for That".  Thanks again to all of our generous supporters, as well as the W+A build-out team!


W+A competes at CANstruction 2011

08.30.2011


On Saturday, August 27, Wiencek + Associates joined 19 design and engineering firms at the National Building Museum for the 2011 CANstruction Buildout.  Led by Project Architect Matt Lee and with the theme of "Fighting Hunger: There's An App for That", the W+A team a constructed 3,239 can, 7.5' tall sculpture of a hand holding the iconic IPhone - apps and all. 

All of the canned goods that make up the sculptures will go to the Capital Area Food Bank to feed families throughout the DC Metro area.

Thanks to all of the clients, contractors, and consultants who sponsored our design this year!  You can continue to support us and vote our sculpture as your favorite by either 1) donating canned goods (can be deposited at the National Building Museum in the Food Bank box near our sculpture) or 2) making a financial contribution online ($1 = 1 can): http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/canstruction-2011/


Wheeler Terrace achieves LEED GOLD!

07.29.2011

Once one of Washington, DC's "crime hot spots," Wheeler Terrace can now claim it is one of the most sustainable affordable housing communities in the Nation. Wheeler Terrace Apartments has received confirmation from the USGBC that we have achieved LEED-NC v2.2 GOLD Certification in addition to the Green Communities Certification that was confirmed last fall. The completed project is 30% more energy efficient than the national code, 30% more water efficient, and one of two national indoor air quality case studies for the National Center for Healthy Housing.

This is a huge victory for affordable housing as it makes Wheeler the first in the region and one of the first Section 8 affordable housing developments in the country to achieve that honor. 



The Avenue - Making big Progress!

06.22.2011


Wiencek + Associates and Landex Development's The Avenue Apartments blocks away from the Petworth Metro station along Georgia Avenue, NW is well underway and making bog progress this summer. Plans for the 83 unit building were originally featured in DCMud almost one year ago. "It is exciting to see the project start to come out of the ground," said Joe Lai, with W+A. The project was a collaborative effort from a very large team at W+A, incorporating innovative sustainable design strategies and a green roof to comply with Green Communities as well as graphic design services for the logo and property signage.


Hear us at Design DC - June 21 & 22

05.24.2011


Wiencek + Associates' employees will present not one, but two educational sessions at this year's AIA|DC sponsored Design DC Conference on June 21st and 22nd!

Neighborhood Transformation through Transit-Oriented Developments will be presented on June 21st from 8:30-10:00 by Scott Knudson and Michelle Cohn. They will discuss design of our recent masterplanning work, here in DC, in Montgomery County and in Winston-Salem, NC and how thoughtful transit oriented development can improve communities.

Also, Walter Ploskon and Emer O'Donovan will present Quality Control: Achieving Solid Projects through Collaboration on June 22nd from 2:00-3:30. This presentation details how thorough document production and quality control comes from all levels, and everyone contributes to the project’s success!

For more information visit the AIA|DC Design DC Website.


Williston Apartments wins 1st Place!

05.10.2011

We were honored to receive the 1st Place Award for a Renovation project for Williston Apartments from the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County yesterday!

After 7 years of problems with funding sources and a fire that destroyed the interior of the structures after the existing tenants had vacated and design had begun, this project was finally completed last summer and is a quiet beacon of light and hope for the community.

Located just two blocks southeast of Howard University, the site consists of two three-and-a-half-story apartment buildings with a total of 35 apartment units constructed in the late 1940s. The addition of pitched roofs cost-effectively brought dignity and poise to the street and the courtyard between the two buildings was reconfigured with new landscaping, and a formal central garden.


Historic St. Dennis Apartments featured in DCMud!

05.09.2011

Wiencek + Associates is once again proud to play a part in preserving the character of our community with the renovation of Historic St. Dennis Apartments in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in Washington, DC.

"The big idea is that we’re saving this building that would otherwise have gone to relatively high-end condos and displaced a lot of affordable housing tenants,” Wiencek said. “Through a lot of hard work by the owners and contractor, Hamel Builders, we’re getting to build an amazing new building within the historic shell so that the residents can afford to come back and live there. It gives residents a much broader and more positive outlook and really changes people’s lives,” he said, noting construction should be completed this summer.

Be sure to check out the full article as featured in DCMud! http://dcmud.blogspot.com/2011/05/strong-hearts-crumbling-brick.html


Michael appointed as HOC Commissioner

03.18.2011

The Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) of Montgomery County, MD appointed Michael Wiencek to their Board of Commissioners for a five-year term. HOC's mission is to provide affordable housing and supportive services that enhance the lives of low- and moderate-income families and individuals throughout Montgomery County, Maryland. Michael is excited about the opportunity to expand his service to the greater housing community. Find out more about the HOC at www.hocmc.org.


Cheers to 25 more!

03.15.2011

Over 300 people joined us at Longview Gallery for the  Wiencek + Associates, 25th Anniversary Celebration on March 3rd and we had a wonderful time! Thank you to all of our clients, colleagues, friends, and family who have supported us for the first 25 years and we look forward to spending the next 25 with you.


Wiley Bates Energy Retrofit

01.12.2011

The Arundel Community Development Services and Bates School Limited Partnership will begin construction this month on a broad energy retrofit program for Wiley Bates Senior Apartments in Annapolis, MD. Wiencek + Associates originally renovated the school into an award winning adaptive reuse project in 2004-2005 and was glad to provide design services for a new sustainable energy retrofit. In just 6 months, an energy audit by Avalon Energy Services, architectural design, bidding and negotiations and construction will be complete; improving efficiency about 20%. The scope of work includes comprehensive air sealing, a lighting retrofit package, apartment ceiling fans, operation and maintenance changes, and destratification fans.


Samuel J. Simmons NCBA Estates Groundbreaking

01.10.2011

The Samuel J. Simmons NCBA Estates will celebrate the project launch with a Wall-Breaking Ceremony on Friday, January 21, 2011, at 10:30am. Owned by the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc., this project involves the revitalization of 175 units of affordable senior housing.


Francis Gregory Neighborhood Library Groundbreaking

12.21.2010

Wiencek + Associates celebrated the groundbreaking of the Francis Gregory Neighborhood Library on December 15, 2010. The event was attended by numerous community members and representatives from the DC Government, including Mayor-Elect Vince Gray, Chairman-Elect Kwame Brown, Councilmember Yvette Alexander, incoming City Administrator Allen Lew, and Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper. Located in the Ward 7 community in Washington, DC, this new 23,000 sf library will feature state-of-the-art technology, as well as meeting spaces for local community organizations. The library will be pursuing LEED Silver Certification. Completion is anticipated for Summer 2011. This project is being done in collaboration with Adjaye Associates as Design Architect and Hess Construction at General Contractor.


St. Dennis Groundbreaking

11.08.2010

Renovations on the St. Dennis Apartments in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC officially broke ground on Wednesday, November 17. In a ceremony on the steps of St. Dennis, several speakers, including Councilmember Jim Graham, Leila Edmonds of DHCD, and David Bowers of Enterprise DC, shared the story of the Martinez family's perseverance to stay in their home and their drive to preserve affordable housing in Mt. Pleasant. The project will include 32 refurbished units. The project team includes the National Housing Trust and Hamel Builders.


Cordell Avenue Transitional Housing Opens!

10.22.2010

Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless opened the doors this week to their mixed-use development in Silver Spring, MD! Wiencek + Associates designed the adaptive reuse of an existing five story office building to accommodate the transitional housing of 32 residents in Personal Living Quarter (PLQ) Units. The mixed-use design also includes ground floor retail and community facilities for residents and on-site support staff.


Oxon Run wins at Potomac Valley AIA

10.15.2010

The Overlook at Oxon Run

Overlook At Oxon Run has received a Citation for a Built Residential Multi-Family Project from the Potomac Valley Chapter AIA 2010 Design Awards! Located just off Wheeler Road in Southeast DC, the Overlook (formerly Parkside Terrace Apartments) includes 316 housing units for seniors, working professionals, and families. This $43 million development underwent an extensive gut demolition in order to transform a dilapidating housing project into a new apartment community. In addition to newly renovated apartment units, the development includes community spaces, gardens and play areas, and retail spaces. The development team included Community Preservation and Development Corporation and Harkins Builders.

Potomac Valley AIA Jury Comments: "Not an easy building type to work with; this mega block is truly transformed. The patterns and colors on the facade are playful and help to lighten the mass of the building."