Join KGP and AIA|DC for the Closing Reception of Architecture Month
On April 30, KGP will be hosting the closing reception of Architecture Month at our historic Church Street office!
Refreshments will be provided. For more information about Church Street Studios and the event, please visit: AIA|DC.
Union Station Concourse Renovation Released to the Public
Washington Union Station, opened in 1907 as the largest train station in the world, is the multi-modal center of the Nation's Capital, serving over 100,000 visitors daily and about 37 million people annually. Today, the station is operating beyond capacity, and complaints about the dim lighting and cramped conditions are not uncommon.
We are pleased to announce that Amtrak has tasked KGP with leading the renovation of this important Concourse! Our team, which includes Grimshaw Architects and ARUP, will seek to provide a spacious, brightly-lit Concourse experience for passengers by 2019. For more information, check out coverage by The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal.
Washington DC Metro wins the prestigious 2014 AIA 25 Year Award
Harry Weese's iconic design for the Washington DC Metro system station prototypes has withstood the test of time, adapted to years of growth in the Nation's Capital and remains a canon of 20th Century design. Congratulations to all the former associates of HWA and WMATA's hard working team at the Office of Track Structures and Engineering Services, including our own Bill Gallagher, AIA who played an instrumental role in recognizing the achievments of the landmark design. We'll post updates here on news about the awards ceremony and reception, stay tuned!
For additional information on the awards program itself please visit: AIA 25 Year Award.
For the full article and information on the 2014 award given to the Metro please visit the Architect magazine article at: D.C. Metro Wins the 2014 AIA 25 Year Award.
Greenbelt Commisioning Facility Construction Progress Updates
Construction has begun on KGP design studio's Greenbelt Commisioning Facility. Stay tuned here for photos and updates!
Bicycle Lecture at PODCAR CITY 7 Conference
KGP design studio Associate Principal Seth Garland, APA LEED AP recently presented a lecture on Bicycle Transportation to a sold out house at the PODCAR CITY 7 conference in Washington, DC. More information on the conference can be found at:
Rosslyn Construction Progress Updates
Rosslyn Metro Station Elevator is quickly progressing along with construction. Special thanks to one of our employee's housemates for this construction watch update.
Union Station Bike Center in the Triennale di Milano
Anybody need an excuse to take an impromtu summer vacation to Milan, Italy...we've got the perfect excuse. More information about the event and concurrent publication can be seen on the conference website:
Triennale di Milano.
KGP's designed Union Station Bikestation on Discovery Channel's 'Extreme Parking' Tuesday, June 4th at 10:00 PM
We'll be tuning in Tuesday evening and you should too! In case you miss the episode check out the video which will be airing on the Discovery Channel's website at:
Exterme Parking: DC's Bikestation.
In partnership with AIA|DC, KGP staff member Christopher Brown, Assoc. AIA has just launched the new AIA|DC Chapter Blog
Currently the blog features numerous current and previous employee's of KGP design studio along with a few close friends of ours. The blog, which was purpose built to generate discussion and critique, will cover an abundance of local, national, and international architecture debates. Among other things the site features polls & surveys, notable articles on the architecture culture of Washington, DC and critical discussion surronding the role of architecture and design in a democratic society. Head on over to the new site and join in on the discussions at the following link:
ARCHITECTURE DC BLOG.
KGP's USBTC to be featured in Archipedium's 2013-14 Calendar
Ever wondering what our favorite day of the year is...so are we! We're anxiously awaiting word on what date our project will grace the pages of this prestigous calendar, check back here for news on publication timetable and our future favorite day of the year, regardless the staff generally agree we should make the day an office holiday! To reserve your copy please visit Archi-map publishers website at:
Archipedium 2013: by architects for architects.
More positive press on the DC Bikestation, the definitive precedent for iconic, secure bicycle parking
Read GreaterGreaterWashington's Interview with Don Paine at the following link:
Architect discusses Union Station Bicycle Transit Center.
And watch the Streetfilms short video at:
Streetfilms DC Bikestation.
Red Line and KGP in the news
Quotes from the design team capture what this office is ultimatley about: "It's key that it doesn't become a barrier, but a link to the community." William Gallagher Jr. and lastly Courtney Tarr putting it so graciously, "We're trying to create a definition to the pedestrian areas. We want the pedestrians to feel safe." Now....who could argue with that!? Read more on the article at the Daily Record:
Red Line design seeks to link, not split community.
Velo-city 2013 Cycling Visionaries Results
KGP design studio's project, 'Meshroom' has recieved a Cycling Visionaries Runner-Up award and will be included in the brochure distributions at the 2013 Velo-city Conference taking place this June 11-14th in Vienna, Austria. We are thrilled with the international recognition but probably most excited about the added benifet of being able to call ourselves 'Visionary.' For information on the conference program, other award recipients or general inquiry into cycling please visit the official conference website at:
Velo-city 2013: The Sound of Cycling.
Please support the ZIPcycle prototype fabrication project on Indie go-go
It is still as challenging to traverse a city by bicycle today as it was in1863 when the bicycle was invented. The bicycle has remained relatively unchanged for well over a hundred years. Meanwhile, the automobile bears little resemblance to its original form. It is time to change that. It is time for the bicycle to evolve to meet the needs of the modern city dweller, and to enable the bicycle to become an integral component of transportation in American cities. The ZIPcycle seeks to do this by applying the fabrication and aerodynamic innovations now standard in the automotive industry, to the elemental and beautiful bicycle.
To learn more about the project and get involved please visit the campaign funding website at:
We appreciate your support!
Nespresso: It's Coming
Arriving at the office as early as Monday...
Birkhauser's have a baby boy!
KGP welcomes it's newest extended family member in Blake Daniel Birkhauser. We would like to congratulate on of our own, Eric Birkhauser and his wife Tre, on the birth of their new baby boy. Blake Daniel Birkhauser was born the morning of Saturday, April 13th 2013. We wish them the best!
Purple Line Stations Images Released to the Public
After the recent passing of the Maryland Gas Tax legislation clearing the path for the Purple Line to move forward images have been released to the public of KGP's design of the flagship Silver Spring Transit Center Station. The Purple Line project is a joint venture between Gannett-Fleming and WR&A with KGP design studio serving as a design consultants for station architecture. It's worth checking out is the article featured on Greater Greater Washington overviewing a number of the stations Architectural features and specifically highlighting two of KGP design studio's aerial stations, Silver Spring and Riverdale Park: Purple Line Stations will range from Simple to Iconic.
More general information on the planning, stations, and community support for the Purple Line can be found here: http://purplelinemd.com/.