Events DC Announces Architect and program Management Team for Future Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights Neighborhood, Washington, DC
(Washington, DC) – Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced today the selection of a joint venture of architectural firms, Washington, DC-based Marshall Moya Design and internationally iconic, ROSSETTI, to begin developing designs for the future state-of-the-art Entertainment and Sports Arena in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. In addition, Events DC has also named Washington, DC-headquartered, Brailsford & Dunlavey in collaboration with ADC Solutions and Kumi Construction Management as program management lead for the transformative arena project. Operated by Events DC, the approximately 5,000 seat venue will bring world-class entertainment and sports programing – while driving urban regeneration to the communities east of the Anacostia River.
“Events DC is energized about our partnership with Washington, DC local and internationally-recognized firms – including, Marshall Moya Design and ROSSETTI for design and Brailsford & Dunlavey with ADC Solutions and Kumi Construction Management for program management collaboration of the Entertainment and Sports Arena,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “Bringing together their respective expertise, experience and assets and with our city partners, we are committed to creating an arena that offers Washington, DC residents and visitors a premier live entertainment and sports destination.”
Acting as an economic catalyst, Events DC plans to utilize the best and brightest while supporting local businesses and has established a 50% Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) set-aside for both architecture, engineering and program management contracts related to the arena project. Events DC has also mandated that 35% of the work performed on each of these contracts will be performed by Small Business Enterprises.
O’Dell further explained, “As the official convention and sports authority for the District, Events DC remains committed to enriching and activating all corners of the city with not only unforgettable experiences but also acting as an economic catalyst for the city. In addition to focusing on hiring CBEs in the coming months, we also plan to create employment opportunities for District residents.”
For the arena project, ROSSETTI and Marshall Moya Design have joined forces as The Washington Arena Design Partners JV to act as the architect of record and designer. The creative collaboration of both local and national perspectives and expertise will ultimately result in a broader range of innovative and imaginative thinking about integrating the new Entertainment and Sports Arena into the communities east of the Anacostia River.
Marshall Moya Design is a Washington, DC-based, multi-faceted architecture and design studio producing award-winning projects in the commercial, institutional, civic and cultural arenas. They have designed a number of iconic projects throughout our nation’s capital. These projects include The Howard Theatre, Chuck Brown Memorial, urban destinations such as Reunion Square in Southeast, elementary schools throughout the District and the new Student Center for the University of the District of Columbia, on target to be the first LEED Platinum student union on the east coast and one of only two in the country. Current projects include the new home for D.C. United and work for MGM Resorts International.
“The renaissance of Washington, DC is very important to the mission of our practice. We have been involved with several high-profile projects throughout the city that have been catalysts for growth and development. As a native Washingtonian, I have witnessed our city’s evolution; we are now on track to make DC one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live in the world. This sports and entertainment venue will be a major part of this effort,” said Michael Marshall, design director and principal of Marshall Moya Design.
ROSSETTI, which has a worldwide practice that specializes in sports arena and entertainment center design – is most notable for the LA Lakers Headquarters and Practice Facility, the renovation and rebranding of the Cleveland Cavaliers Practice Facility and the renovation of the iconic TD Garden.
“ROSSETTI is thrilled to be a design partner with Events DC, Monumental Sports and Entertainment and the Ward 8 community for this incredibly unique sports complex. We have seen how sports facilities and programs become community assets, and we believe this new complex will be capable of catalyzing new development through outreach programs that promote a stewardship and engagement between all parties,” said Matt Rossetti, FAIA, president of ROSSETTI.
Washington, DC-headquartered Brailsford & Dunlavey in local collaboration with ADC Solutions and Kumi Construction Management will focus exclusively on the planning and project management of the arena project – which will include compliance with goals, timelines and budgets set-forth. Notable DC projects include parks and recreation center renovations with the District of Columbia’s Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of General Services’ public schools modernization and Howard University’s Interdisciplinary Research Building. Past and current Events DC projects include Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States and the current RFK Stadium-Armory Campus redevelopment project.
“It’s a privilege for Brailsford & Dunlavey, along with our partners ADC Management Solutions and Kumi Construction Management, to play a role in this transformational project for the District and particularly for Ward 8,” said Chris Dunlavey, president of Brailsford & Dunlavey. “It’s a responsibility that we take very seriously. Our objective as program manager is to ensure that this project meets the requirements of a top-quality entertainment and training facility on time and within budget, so that it will serve as both a source of pride in the community and a catalyst for economic development.”
The project will become the future practice facility for the Washington Wizards, home court of the Washington Mystics and a premier entertainment venue in the District. The arena is expected to attract more than 380,000 annual new residents and visitors per year to Congress Heights and produce more than 600 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs for the arena. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2016 with completion in fall of 2018.
About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, deliver premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com.
About Marshall Moya Design
Marshall Moya Design is a Washington, DC-based, multi-faceted architecture and design studio that has designed a number of iconic projects in the District, including The Howard Theatre and Chuck Brown Memorial, urban destinations such as Reunion Square in Southeast, elementary schools throughout the District, and the new Student Center for the University of the District of Columbia. Current projects include the new home for the D.C. United and work for MGM Resorts International. At Marshall Moya Design, “heart” is at the heart of what we do. An innovative and collaborative group of architects, designers and brand strategists, we create the spaces where people gather to work, learn, live and share. Projects in our city have served to enrich the District, not only in terms of artistic representation, but also in terms of economic opportunity and community enhancement. Michael Marshall originally founded the firm in 1989 as Michael Marshall Architecture, and in 2010 he formed a partnership with Paola Moya to establish what is now known as Marshall Moya Design. www.marshallmoya.com.
ROSSETTI is a global architectural design and planning firm with a portfolio of showcase properties spanning sports and entertainment, interiors, hospitality and retail. ROSSETTI’s strategic approach to design and planning is one that ROSSETTI has developed through four decades of design solutions, combined with extensive R+D into how people experience environments. ROSSETTI’s training center portfolio includes the new LA Lakers Headquarters and Practice Facility, currently under construction, the Detroit Piston’s Training Facilities and locker room, the LA Clippers Practice Facility and the renovation and rebranding of the Cleveland Cavaliers Practice Facility. Significant current projects include the first motorsports stadium at Daytona International Speedway, the ‘Titletown’ sports anchored development for the Green Bay Packers, transformation of the campus at the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, renovations for TD Garden, the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, and Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. The 46-year-old firm is headquartered in Detroit. The firm has a history of design innovation for sports facilities that began with the Detroit Piston’s Palace of Auburn Hills, where new concepts in hospitality design revolutionized the fan experience and economics of arena design. For more information about ROSSETTI, please visit us at www.rossetti.com.