Architecture, Inc. Sports and Recreation

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Founded in 1986, Architecture, Incorporated is a 60-person, award-winning planning, architecture, and interior design practice. We are united in the belief that as trusted advisers and design leaders, we reach beyond the predictable to turn vision into reality while solving complex challenges for public, private, and government clients—improving quality of life through the built environment.

Our projects range from complex renovations to new construction for commercial, hospitality, education, healthcare, senior living, multifamily, and sports and recreation clients across the region. This wide range of design experience and core value of client service has made Architecture, Inc. recognized as one of the most prominent firms in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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There is an increased understanding that the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected—athletic activities and competition improve all three. At Architecture, Inc., we understand the complexities of delivering fitness and wellness amenities to a community; the competition for market share, the seasonal focus of members, as well as the cost and space associated with the variety of activities in demand today.

Our experience includes professional NBA, NHL, and WNBA facilities; upscale fitness clubs and studios; build-to-suit specialty facilities; as well as sports and recreation amenities shared by schools and communities. These projects range in scale from small interior renovations and rebranding to comprehensive interior fit-out and ground-up new construction.


Health club design is driven by consumer demand. Today’s health clubs balance function with aesthetics while being cost effective—no small task. In a competitive environment, it’s the small details and thoughtful design that can drive loyalty. Integrated electronics, open space, and green features all make a difference. Flexibility is also key; as exercise trends evolve quickly and consumers expect the latest, clubs need to quickly adapt—yesterday’s boxing ring is today’s CrossFit.

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The new generation of gym members do not seek a traditional gym experience. Their affinity for community and technology is imparted into their philosophy, which spills over to the gym floor. Aside from getting into shape, these gym members are on the lookout for adventure and excitement. They are always community-orientated, and this reflects on the rising popularity of Zumba, Pilates, dance classes, and Yoga. Millennials dominate these classes disproportionately, and some of these activities take place even outside the gym; in boutique studio classes, running clubs, online streaming services, or even outdoors. This cohort of gym members prefer body weight exercises and bodyweight training, and are less inclined to spend eternity “pumping iron.” They are focused on a body at large, and embrace a holistic mindset—making an effort to facilitate broader lifestyle changes.

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Once relegated to bowling alleys or a dart board in the back of a bar, purpose-built entertainment/fitness facilities have exploded in both suburban and urban markets. Everything from simulated skydiving, downhill skiing, ax-throwing, ping pong, and firing ranges has a purpose-built facility today—there are more options than ever before. As commercial landlords looked to fill larger retail spaces vacated by big box stores, they began to consider unconventional tenants like indoor trampoline parks. These facilities combine the social aspects of restaurants and bars with specialized fitness and entertainment activities. Facilities range from 6,000 sf to 40,000 sf depending on the location and activity. This new trend in fitness entertainment will surely continue as guests look for new adventures and challenges.

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Sport & Health Multiple Locations Capitals Iceplex Arlington, VA
CASESTUDIES XCAL Shooting Sports and Fitness Ashburn, VA 04 Propel Swim Academy South Riding, VA 03



Capitals Iceplex is a 145,000 sf facility built on top of an existing occupied seven-story parking garage. The project includes two full-size NHL ice rinks, a 20,000 sf state-of-the-art training center for the Washington Capitals, and 20,000 sf of executive office space for the Capitals and WNBA Washington Mystics administrative staff.

Arlington County and the Capitals were committed to developing an energy efficient and environmentally conscious facility that would serve as a model for future urban development projects throughout Arlington County and beyond. The facility was designed to achieve LEED certification standards as developed by US Green Building Council. It is the only high-rise ice rink project of its kind.



Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award

Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan DC

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parking garage CAPITALS


Architecture, Incorporated has completed 25 Sport & Health locations within the Washington, DC metro area. Providing a wide variety of architectural services tailored to each health club, most of these projects have included both renovations and additions to existing spaces.

Through careful space planning and upgraded finish selections, these highly functional spaces are punctuated by streamlined, modern design. Programs have included gymnasiums, group exercise rooms, and multi-purpose spaces, as well as cardio centers, weight-lifting areas, aerobics and spinning studios, spas, nurseries, locker rooms, and storage spaces.



weight room

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For their first purpose-built facility, Propel Swim Academy sought to create a state-of-the-art pool building to provide year-round developmental swim lessons for all ages and abilities. The new 13,025 sf familyfriendly swim school features pools for various age groups, family changing areas, a party room, and multiple viewing areas. Rather than one large pool, the facility includes three smaller pools, allowing instructors an extra degree of specialization between age groups during lessons.

Acoustical challenges were minimized with the addition of acoustic “clouds” over the pool areas that also create visual interest. Additionally, the design incorporates acoustic wall panels to lessen the amount of sound reflection in the pool area, ensuring that instructors and swimmers can easily communicate. An aquatic motif and the company’s branding influenced the interiors, moving the design towards flowing, curving features including striking white pendant lights, a curved soffit and reception desk featuring a sparkling blue tile accent stripe, and blue wall panels.


US Swim Schools Association

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The new 94,000 sf XCAL Shooting Sports and Fitness facility provides numerous recreation activities at the expanding One Loudoun development. The goal for XCAL was to deliver a high-quality user experience in all areas of the project. The first level features multiple 25-yard shooting ranges totaling 26 shooting stalls, including five private lanes. It also houses 18,000 sf of retail, classroom training rooms, and a café with juice bar.

The second level comprises 36,000 sf of gym and fitness-oriented areas including cardio machines, Dojo hall, indoor and outdoor spaces for group athletic classes, saunas, a massage suite, and a 6,500 sf of indoor/outdoor high intensity training area. It also contains a 10,000 sf high-end VIP lounge area that incorporates a full-service bar, conference rooms, a billiards room, cigar lounge, and a large outdoor patio for both members and private events.



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athletic training



8150 Leesburg Pike Amenity Space

Fairfax County James M. Scott Exceptional Design Award, Commercial Interiors: Merit Award

Knollwood Country Club

Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut, Hobi Award: Best Commercial Rehab


8150 Leesburg Pike Amenity Space

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Buildings, Amenity Space: Award of Excellence

Maryvale Elementary School / Carl Sandburg Learning Center

ABC of Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards, Educational: Award of Excellence

Learning by Design Architectural Awards, Multi-Use/Joint-Use Building : Outstanding Project

Salamander Resort & Spa

US News and World Report, Best Hotels in the US: Gold Badge

Viceroy DC

ABC of Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards, Commercial/Residential Renovation $2-$4M - Award of Excellence


Coolidge Senior High School

Learning by Design Architectural Awards, Combined-Level School: Outstanding Project

West Springfield High School

ABC of Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards: Award of Excellence


700 Constitution

Multifamily Executive MFE Awards, Adaptive Reuse: Grand Winner

Coolidge Senior High School

ACEC Metropolitan Washington Excellence Awards, Renovations and Additions: Honor Award

Inova Sports Medicine

Fairfax County James M. Scott Exceptional Design Award, Institutional: Honor Award

Mellow Mushroom - Chantilly

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Restaurant Interior

Build-Out: Honorable Mention

IIDA Mid-Atlantic Premier Design Awards, Retail: Honor Award


700 Constitution

AIA Northern Virginia Design Award, Historic Architecture: Award of Merit

Building Design + Construction Reconstruction Awards: Bronze

NAIOP DC | MD Awards of Excellence, Best Renovation: Award of Excellence

Compass Rose

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Interiors, Tenant Space 0 to 10,000 sf: Award of Excellence

Current Salon Shop! Design Awards Competition, Service Retailer: Silver Award

Mellow Mushroom - Chantilly

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Building - Hospitality/ Retail: Award of Excellence

Opaline Bar and Brasserie

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Commercial/Residential Renovation under $1M: Award of Excellence

Propel Swim Academy US Swim Schools Association, Facility: Award of Excellence

Salamander Resort & Spa

Forbes Travel Guide, 2018 World’s Most Luxurious Hotels

Terraset Elementary School

Learning by Design Architectural Awards, Elementary School: Outstanding Project


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Commercial $512M: Award of Excellence


Terraset Elementary School

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Capital ImprovementInstitutional: Award of Excellence


Arlington County Department of Human Services

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Interiors Tenant Space 50,000 sf and Above: Award of Merit

Hotel Palomar

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC): Award of Excellence

Morrison-Clark Hotel

NAIOP DC | MD Awards of Excellence, Best Hospitality ProjectBoutique Service: Award of Excellence

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NAIOP DC | MD Awards of Excellence, Best Interiors - Healthcare/Biotech/Lab: Award of Merit


Children’s Science Center

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Retail: Award of Merit

Marina Landing at Belmont Bay

Great American Living Awards (GALA), Best Design and Architecture - Multi-Family/Mixed-Use


Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Commercial Office (Interiors): Honorable Mention

Tower Club

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Retail: Award of Excellence


3251 Old Lee Highway

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building Renovation - Capital Improvement: Award of Excellence

Graham Road Elementary School

American School & University Magazine, Outstanding Designs: Interior Renovation

Loudoun Medical Office Building III

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building Renovation, Adaptive Re-Use: Award of Merit

Mellow Mushroom – Herndon

IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Design Awards, Retail: The Bronze Award


Salamander Resort & Spa

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building - Build-toSuit Non-Institutional Facility: Award of Excellence

W.T. Woodson High School

American School & University Magazine, Outstanding Designs: Renovation/Modernization


CurvyGirls Bridal

Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Office (Interiors): Honorable Mention

Fairfax County Health Lab

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)


Gaslight Square Condominiums

Apartment and Condo Development Industry Award, Best New Condominium in the Mid-Atlantic Region

PACE West School

American School & University Magazine, Outstanding Designs: Specialized Facility


Fire Lane Retirement Party

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building Renovation, Adaptive Re-Use: Award of Merit


Arlington County Department of Human Services

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Tenant Space 50,000 sf and Above: Award of Excellence

Fairfax County Health Lab

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)

Fire Works Pizza

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Retail Project: Award of Excellence


Architecture, Inc. Design Studio

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Tenant Space 0-14,999 sf: Award of Excellence

Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Office (Interior): Honorable Mention

Loudoun County Emergency Homeless Shelter

Real Estate & Construction Review, Green Building of America Award

Capitals Iceplex

DESIGNArlington: Award of Merit

NVCC - WAC Building

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building - Institutional Facility Under $20 Million: Award of Excellence

Reston Hospital Women’s Imaging Center

Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Office (Interior): Honorable Mention


City of Alexandria Health & Human Services

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best in Public Space: Award of Excellence

Florida Gulf Coast University - Athletic Building

American School & University Magazine, Outstanding Design


3DF Associates

Atlantic Realty Companies

Avis Budget Group

Avison Young

Barthelson Plaza LLC

Beacon Capital Partners

The Bernstein Companies

Booz Allen Hamilton

CBRE Group

The Collins Firm

Cushman & Wakefield

Duke Realty


Forest City Commercial

Global Logistics Group

Herc Rentals

Holladay Properties

Integrated Direct Marketing

Interstate Plaza Holding

JBG Smith


Jonas B. Cooke Interests

The Lann Companies

Lerner Enterprises

Lidl US

Lincoln Property Company

MainStreet Bank

Martin Marietta

The Meridian Group

Meridian One BP

MetroStar Systems

Newmark Knight Frank

Northrop Grumman

The Peterson Companies

Polinger Company

The Rector Companies

Resource Bank

Rosenthal Properties

Springfield Tower


Tetra Partners


TMG Solutions

Uniwest Commercial Realty


Vermeer Mid-Atlantic

Commercial Interiors



Amerihome Financial


Bell & Clements

Berry and Berry

Capital Securities Management

Carpi & Clay



Compass Rose

Creative Radicals

Current Salon

Digital Reasoning

Expereo USA

Falcon Labs

First Financial

Goel & Anderson

Hirsch & Ehlenberger

Hunton & Williams

Infor Federal Solutions



Kinetek Consulting

KZO Innovations

Media Research Center

Modus Create

MTX Wealth Management

MVB Bank

National Sleep Foundation


Paratus Law Group




QIAGEN Sciences


Scott & Stringfellow

Serten Advisors


TMA Direct


Verne Global

Washington Gas Federal Credit Union

ZELTIQ Aesthetics


Arlington Public Schools

Children’s Science Center

Celebree School

DC Public Schools

Edlin School

Fairfax Christian School

Fairfax County Public Schools

Fauquier County Public Schools

Florida Gulf Coast University

Friendship Public Charter Schools

The George Washington University

Johns Hopkins University

The Levine School of Music

Loudoun Country Day School

Loudoun County Public Schools

McLean Bible Church

Minnieland Academy

Montgomery County Public Schools

Northern Virginia Community College

Prince George’s County CC

Prince William County Public Schools

Rock and Roll Daycare

Rockingham County Public Schools

Stratford University

Trinity School at Meadow View

University of Maryland College Park


Alexandria Health Department

Arlington County

Arlington County DHS

Bethesda Naval Hospital

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

City of Fort Myers

City of North Port

Commonwealth of Virginia

Defense Advanced Research Projects

Agency (DARPA)

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

Department of Defense (DoD)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Fairfax County Government

Fairfax County Health Department

Fauquier County

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Government of the District of Columbia

Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department

Loudoun County Government

Marine Corps Base Quantico

Maryland National Park & Planning

National Institute of Health

National Naval Medical Command

Naval Facilities Engineering Command

Town of Herndon

US Air Force

US Army

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US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

US Marines - Quantico Marine Base

US Naval Academy

US Navy - Washington Navy Yard


Washington DC Superior Courts

Washington Metropolitan Transit (WMATA)

Healthcare and Life Sciences

Alexandria Hospital

Allergy & Asthma Center

Alliance Rehabilitation

Battelle Labs

BioReliance Corporation


Child Cardiology Healthcare

City Hospital

The Cleveland Clinic

Countryside Orthopaedic Associates

Culpeper Hospital

Fairfax Allergy Asthma & Sinus Clinic

Fairfax Nursing Center

Fairfax Radiological Consultants

Fairfax Radiology Centers

Fauquier Hospital

Garden State Rehab Hospital

George Washington University Hospital

Georgetown University Pediatrics

GI Endoscopy Center of Northern Virginia

Greater Washington Rehab Hospital

Harton Regional Medical Center

HealthWorks for Northern Virginia

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)

Inova Alexandria Hospital

Inova Center for Personalized Health

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Inova Fairfax Hospital

Inova Health System

Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital

Inova Orthopaedics

Johns Hopkins University Medical Center

Mary Washington Hospital

Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

Mercy Hospital

Meso Scale Diagnostics

Middlesex Hospital

The National Center for Plastic Surgery

National Institute of Health (NIH)

Neuroscience Center of America

Park Royal Hospital

Prince George’s Hospital

Prince William Hospital


The Psychiatric Institute of Washington

Pure Life Renal Dialysis

QIAGEN Sciences

Radiology Associates of Maryland

Rehabilitation Hospitals of America

Reston Hospital Center

Southern Research Institute

Springfield Hospital

St. Agnes Healthcare

Stone Ridge Medical Center

Stone Springs Hospital

Tenet Healthcare Corporation

TherImmune Research Corporation

Town Center Orthopaedic Associates

VAMC Philadelphia

Virginia Hospital Center

Washington Hospital Center

Whole Child Pediatrics


Arlo Hotels


Black Hoof Brewing Company

Blue Ridge Grill

Capitol Hill Suites


Courtyard by Marriott

DoubleTree by Hilton

The Doyle Collection

Fireworks Pizza

The Grilled Oyster Company


Heritage Golf Group

Hilton Hotels

Holiday Inn Express

Innisbrook Golf Resort

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

LaSalle Hotel Properties

Mellow Mushroom

MGAC Hospitality

Mokas Café

The Morrison-Clark Inn

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

Ritz-Carlton Hotels

RLJ Lodging Trust

Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Shamin Hotels

Sofitel Hotel

Thompson Hospitality

Thompson Hotels

Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts

Wyndham Grand Hotel

Multifamily Residential

700 Constitution

A.J. Dwoskin

ABDO Development

Akelius US

Arlington County DHS Group Home

Aura Apartments

Borger Management

Christopher Companies

Harborside LLC

The Mill at Occoquan

Natelli Communities

Senior Living

Abri at Rockrimmon

American Senior Living

Artis Senior Living

Brightview Senior Living

The Chelsea at Brookfield

Colvin Run Senior Living

Emeritus Assisted Living

Grist Mill Center CCRC

HCR Manor Care

IntegraCare Corporation

Lakeside Landing at Jackson


National Assisted Living

Suffield Meadows

Summerville Senior Living

Traditions Integrated Continuum Care

Virginia Gardens and Woodlands

Sports and Recreation

A.J. Dwoskin

Body Dynamics


DC United

Elite Shooting Sports

Florida Gulf Coast University Athletics

GMU Freedom Center

Golds Gym

Heritage Training and Shooting

Inova Sports Medicine

Johns Hopkins University Athletics

Loudoun Therapeutic Riding

Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Propel Swim Schools

Sport & Health

Tom Dolan Swim School


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