19 Dec KGD Recognized by DESIGNArlington with Award of Merit: The Springs

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – KGD Architecture received a 2017 Award of Merit from DESIGNArlington for The Springs, a mixed-use affordable housing development on the western edge of the Rosslyn/Ballston corridor.

Every two years, the County Board recognizes design excellence in Arlington’s built environment though the DESIGNArlington awards program administered by the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development’s Center for Urban Design and Research. The award raises public awareness of Arlington’s architectural diversity and outstanding design that may include new and renovated commercial and residential buildings as well as public spaces.

The Springs is a five-story, 104-unit housing development that effectively bridges the bustling commercial area of Ballston and the quieter suburban Bluemont neighborhood. One end of the building is the headquarters of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, with a nod to its taller neighbors, while the residential units politely step down to the level of residential stoops as the structure approaches a neighborhood of single family homes. Multiple interactive and flexible community spaces provide daylight and fresh air, and a transparent and active ground floor with a large courtyard along the street emphasizes the priority placed on opening up the building for its residents and neighbors.

The Springs project team included KGD Architecture, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), Summit Engineers, Cates Engineering, Walter L. Phillips, Inc., Wells + Associates, LSG Landscape Architecture and Bozzuto Construction.

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KGD Architecture is an award-winning firm headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. with offices in Boston and Thailand that specializes in architecture, interior design, urban design and planning, real estate design, sustainable design, and energy conservation services with expertise in affordable housing, building repositioning, speculative suites, government facilities, and secure facilities.