Awards of Excellence 2019
Cooper Carry
Columbia Place

Columbia Place
Award of Excellence
Best Master Plan/Mixed Use Project

Project Team

Qudrangle Development / Capstone Development - (Developers + Owners)
Cooper Carry - (Architect)
TVS Design - (Architect)
Hensel Phelps - (General Contractor)
Fernandez & Associates - (Structural Engineering)
Paladino - (Sustainability)
Richter & Associates - (Consulting Engineers)

Executive Summary

Columbia Place is a distinctive urban infill development and is comprised of a 357-room Courtyard by Marriot hotel, a 147-room Residence Inn, 203 market-rate apartments, 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail added to the existing townhomes, 4,000 square feet of rooftop amenities, 10,000 square feet of shared meeting space, and two levels of underground parking.

While the adjacent Marriott Marquis is a true convention center hotel, the Residence Inn offers an extended-stay option and the Courtyard caters to select-serve guests at a higher quality than what is typically seen in comparable hotels. This is apparent in design finishes throughout the interior and exterior, upgrades to the mechanical systems, and a strategy for providing room service, which is rare for a select-serve brand.

Instead of stacking two hotels with separate check-in locations on top of each other, this dual-branded hotel is completely integrated. There is one check-in location, all the common spaces are brand neutral and, in some instances, a Residence Inn room and Courtyard room are located side by side. Guests of either brand can also enjoy access to a rooftop fitness center with separate yoga space as well as a business center that boasts views of downtown Washington and the U.S. Capitol.

A key component of the project is the inclusion of historical row houses and existing buildings. A three-story, 160-year-old Civil War-era townhome was relocated and incorporated within the dual-brand hotel. Six additional historic buildings and the existing Lurgan apartment building were also restored and reused for street-level retail and residential units, further enhancing the residential experience and preserving the area’s authenticity.

Neighborhood charm can be found in abundance on 9th Street, where it was particularly important to appear smaller in scale. This strategy aligns with how the street was originally intended and with D.C.’s long-term development strategy. According to an Act of Congress referred to as the Height of Buildings Act of 1910, the maximum building height allowed is 110 feet. Embracing the historic structures helped these buildings to express the transitional scale of the streets.

Considering the density of Columbia Place’s 1.6-acres and the height limit imposed by the zoning, the historic buildings are incorporated using a massing approach, so each elevation met the city planning strategies, while also adhering to design standards required by the hospitality brands.

Columbia Place was conceived from the notion that cities and neighborhoods can often be developed in a way that builds upon their origins. By recognizing this concept, projects can contribute to something larger than any singular purpose. The development and design team understood this, and that architecture is a delicate balance between art and business, and the mission was to succeed at both.


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