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Virginia Treatment Center for Children VCU Health Children’s Hospital of Richmond Richmond, VA 120,000 gsf

This new facility helps CHoR meet a growing need for both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services for children and adolescents across the state of Virginia and supports ongoing clinical research and training of behavioral health professionals. Its healing and therapeutic environment will replace a 50-year-old building located on VCU Health’s downtown campus. The center includes 32 inpatient beds. Twenty outpatient consult/exam rooms more than triples previous outpatient capacity and universal design principles ensure flexibility of spaces based on day-to-day needs.

“One in five children experiences mental illness, but only 25 percent of those children actually receive the treatment they need,” Marsha

Rappley, M.D., vice president of VCU Health Sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System said at the recent topping out ceremony. “VTCC is stepping up to

help fill that gap.”

“The dream of having a comfortable and serene environment where children and families heal their bodies and minds is finally coming to life,” said Bela Sood, M.D., professor and mental health policy director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

American University Washington College of Law Washington, DC 312,000 gsf

One of the nation’s leading law schools, American University’s Washington College of Law had outgrown its building on Massachusetts Avenue, spilling over into nearby leased space. Its new home on the university’s Tenley Campus, a National Register historic site conveniently located near the Tenleytown Metro station, will

enhance its rich tradition of innovation, excellence, and passion for the rule of law in the United States and beyond. The move initially faced significant opposition from area residents, concerned about new construction adversely affecting the character of the neighborhood. The school retained SmithGroupJJR to provide architectural, engineering and site design services. The design creates a campus of three buildings, respectful of the neighborhood scale and enhancing the historic context of the campus. New and renovated buildings form a connected complex with a conference

center, legal clinic, teaching courtrooms, law library, alumni center, and student spaces. Functional outdoor

amenities are interspersed and include an axial ellipse garden and a central quad. The new construction features an innovative dedicated outside air system, coupled with radiant ceiling panels, designed by the engineering team.

“This is more than a leading law school. It’s an environment of opportunity, and a uniquely collaborative place where students, faculty and alumni champion what matters in all areas of the law.” —Claudio Grossman, Dean, Washington College of Law, American University

University of Maryland Cole Field House College Park, MD

The new Cole Field House will be a realworld living laboratory where innovators, scientist, clinicians, athletes and trainers converge to advance the science of sport. The Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance will bring

together leading researchers in neuroscience, genomics, biomechanics and other fields,

from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of Maryland, College Park, onto the front lines of advanced study of the brain and nervous system. An adjacent Orthopedic Clinic will bring leading-edge medical facilities to campus, allowing for the rapid translation of research into practice for the benefit of the entire community. The Terrapin Performance Center will boast a full-size indoor football field, two outdoor fields, and advanced strength, conditioning and hydrotherapy centers, creating an athletic training facility unmatched in Division I sports. The building will also host programs of the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, preparing

students for the competitive marketplace they will enter after graduation.

“... a rare opportunity to catapult the University of Maryland into a position of national leadership in the growing field of sports medicine and human performance.” —Brit Kirwan, Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland

Museum of the Bible Washington, DC 430,000 gsf

Developing a design for the new Museum of the Bible came with several intriguing challenges. The client wished to create

a singular, memorable visitor experience focusing on the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible, supported by a collection of biblical antiquities, rare texts, and other artifacts. For its site, the museum founders selected an imposing refrigerated warehouse large enough to receive train cars. As a newly designated 1922 landmark within blocks of the National Mall, renovations to the “flat-iron” building were subject to intense scrutiny from multiple review boards.

The train portal is reopened to serve as the museum’s colossally scaled entrance. It is

punctuated by a stained glass window displaying a portion of the Great Isaiah Scroll, framed

by bronze panels recalling the cold-press type of the Gutenberg Bible. The internal train loading bay is recast as a main lobby arcade, with monumental Jerusalem stone columns and LED displays dominating the 40-foot-high, 140-foot-long ceiling. Atop the building, a scroll of glazing clads a two-story addition housing a theater and ballroom, offering panoramic

views of the U.S. Capitol and National Mall.

“There are many delights to discover in the Museum of the Bible, most notably its architectural improvements to one of the District’s few historic warehouses. The leaders of this institution are to be applauded for turning this industrial building close to the Mall into a cultural asset, appealing to believers and nonbelievers alike.” —Deborah K. Dietsch, Contributing Writer, Washington Business Journal

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Sheppard Pratt Health Care System Elkridge, MD 156,000 gsf

Sheppard Pratt is a

mission driven, private non-profit psychiatric institution borne of the social reforms of the 19th century. Among Sheppard Pratt’s

facilities and programs are two specialty hospitals: The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, a 322 licensed bed facility located in Towson, Maryland; and Sheppard Pratt at Ellicott City, a 92 licensed bed facility located in Ellicott City, Maryland. The proposed replacement hospital in Elkridge, Maryland will be an 85 licensed bed facility. Sheppard Pratt’s founder, Quaker philanthropist Moses Sheppard directed that the institution “do everything

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for the comfort of the patient” and “meet unmet needs.” This

project responds to those directives in the 21st century environment by replacing and relocating Sheppard Pratt at Ellicott City. Today, Sheppard

Pratt Health System has nearly 10,000 inpatient admissions annually to its two acute inpatient facilitates, including half of all adolescents and a third of all children hospitalized in Central Maryland. Sheppard Pratt at Ellicott City treats nearly 3,000 inpatients annually.


Towson Street Renovation Baltimore, Maryland 1,024 gsf

The Towson Street project is located in Locust Point, a historic neighborhood nestled between Fort McHenry and TidePoint, home to Under Armour. This row home was built in 1875 as an addition to the original block of row homes. With 1024sf of living area, the home essentially contained 6 rooms in a “shotgun“ style plan.

The kitchen is located in the center of the home to borrow light from the original safety glass, operable, skylight above the winding stair. The bathroom was relocated to the center of the home with the same attitude.

The home was stripped down to bare brick and structure. The 140 year-old pine

subfloor was carefully removed, stripped and cleaned for repurposing. A new sub floor was laid and covered with the original wood. Some of these sections of wood are incredible 18 foot sections! The floors were preserved with a natural oil by Rubio Monocoat. Mosa tiles were used in the vestibule and the bathroom. An antique hoosier cabinet was integrated into the kitchen with reclaimed bowling lanes for counters, Shaw clay-fire sink, and leather drawer pulls.


7th & Penn Cladding SE Washington, DC

This project was awarded to OEC Engineering where I acted as the project manager and carried the production from an early phase through to install on the building. OEC was tasked with cutting

plain tiles into mosaic shapes, assembly individual tiles into somewhat repetitive layouts, and furnishing the assembled tiles for the mason to lay on pre-cast wall panels. The parts

within the mosaic were very small and fragile proving difficult to cut in the field. To ensure the highest quality and minimize damage in the field we developed a mockup system for cutting the mosaic panels on the water jet to eliminate all field cuts. This cladding project proved to be

extremely complex for all parties. With

a highly collaborative setting including the direct interaction with the Architect, General contractor, Mason and the Fabricator, the team was able to effectively execute the design intent.




September 2018


September 2018