Press Release 05/22/2017

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May 22, 2017

Commission of Fine Arts Unanimously Approves West Heating Plant Design Concept

Washington, DC – At their May 18th meeting, The Commission of Fine Arts voted 7-0 to approve the Adjaye/Olin concept design for transformation of the West Heating Plant. This powerful and unambiguous action allows the project to move forward.

David Adjaye stated “This is wonderful news for us and for the Georgetown community. I’m delighted that my vision to create a narrative of place, combining both the West Heating Plant’s preservation and its future contribution to the beauty and amenities of the neighborhood, is an important step closer to realization.”

“Yesterday's unanimous vote by the US Commission of Fine Arts in support of the redevelopment of the design concept and park for the West Heating Plant site is a major turning point for this project. It confirms the quality and integrity of David Adjaye's design, and it validates the projects appropriate sensitivity to preserving the essence of the existing building while creating a dynamic and productive new residential building and public park. This vote, coupled with the overwhelming community support, goes far in paving the way toward the realization of this exciting project,” said Richard H. Levy, Managing Principal of The Levy Group.

Bob vom Eigen, president of the Citizens Association of Georgetown was equally enthusiastic when he said, “I am thrilled that the Commission of Fine Arts acted so boldly and declaratively yesterday in their unanimous approval of David Adjaye’s plans for the transformation of the West Heating Plant into a residential condominium and Laurie Olin’s elevated park. This is something that the Georgetown community has supported for over four years. It is very refreshing and reassuring that finally the community’s voice is being heard.”

Located at 1051 29th Street, NW, the redeveloped building will include approximately 60 Four Seasons Private Residences in a LEED-certified building directly across the C&O Canal from the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. The Laurie Olin designed public park, to be situated above what has been the WHP’s coal and oil yard, captures a one-time opportunity to create a long sought link between Rock Creek Park and the Georgetown Waterfront and a place to recall key aspects of lower Georgetown’s past.


Sir David Adjaye OBE is founder and principal of Adjaye Associates, which has offices in London, New York and Accra and projects across the US, UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2017 and recently knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, he is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. His largest project to date, the $540 million Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in fall of 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times.

Laurie Olin, landscape architect for the proposed West Heating Plant park, is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. From vision to realization, he has guided many of his firm’s signature projects, which span the history of the studio from the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, DC to Bryant Park in New York City. His recent projects include the AIA award-winning Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Oregon.

The Development Team for West Heating Plant is comprised of The Levy Group, The Georgetown Company and The Four Seasons, and collectively shares a keen appreciation of and extensive experience in the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings.


Stephanie Lowet
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