Washingtonian features Riverdale Park Station

NEWS    |   January 9, 2017


In their “9 Coolest Developments Coming to Washington in 2017,” the Washingtonian featured Cafritz’s Riverdale Park Station. For the 37-acre tract, MV+A completed the rezoning and master plan, and is now completing construction administration for the development. Associate Architect Ameneh Amirhakimi explains some of the highlights: “As a mixed-use town center, Riverdale Park services the neighboring community – the first Whole Foods Market in Prince George’s County, of course, plus a bridge that relieves traffic from Baltimore Avenue, and LEED certified with loads of internal greenspace. The buildings evoke mid-town America, as though they were built in different eras and the town center evolved over time. One of my favorite elements is the clock tower, which adds a strong vertical dimension. When complete, it will be an important wayfinding element.”

Washingtonian 2017.01.09
The 9 Coolest Developments Coming to Washington in 2017


With projects in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Palm Beach, Charlotte, and across the Greater Washington region, several additions to the MV+A team, plus staff and community events, 2016 was an exciting year at the MV+A studio here in downtown DC. Read below for a look back at completed projects, and a look ahead to projects and the studio in 2017.

2016 Rodin Square | Philadelphia, PA
Rodin Square, Philadelphia, PA, Winner of the Urban Land institute Award for Excellence 2017
WFM | Philadelphia Center City
An interior shot of the Whole Foods Market at Philadelphia Center City.
WFM | Wynnewood, PA
An exterior facade of the new Whole Foods Market in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
WFM | Apollo H Street
MV+A’s sleek retail facades for the Apollo at H Street in Washington DC, where we are currently completing the Whole Foods Market at 965 Florida Avenue.
Safeway | University Town Center, Hyattsville, MD
A view of the 50,000 SF Safeway at the 80,000 SF University Town Center in Hyattsville, Maryland.
WFM | Allentown, PA
The exterior facade of the Whole Foods Market in Allentown, Pennsylvania, which features a descending canopy canopy and clerestory windows to create more natural light in the store.
WFM | Pentagon City, VA
A view of the interiors for Washington D.C’s Pentagon City Whole Foods Market, featuring a second story cafe.


In 2016, we promoted three staff of our staff to Associates and brought in three new team members. We launched our new website, and began weekly “Food Truck Thursdays” and bi-monthly Project Design Reviews. We celebrated work anniversaries from 1 year to 18 years, hosted at least 20 birthdays at the breakout space, had a Halloween office-wide murder mystery, and hosted our first DC AIA event. We can’t wait to see what 2017 brings – and we are hiring!

MVA Team 2016
The team on our annual Cherry Blossom walk/breakfast in April.
MVA Team 2016
Working on MV+A’s Canstruction “Sharknado,” which won an Honorable Mention for Best DC Architecture Trivia.
MVA Team 2016
Puzzling out murder mystery theories for our office-wide murder mystery on Halloween.
MVA Team 2016
Over 40 attendees gathered for MV+A’s “Food for the City” presentation.


2017 is off to a fast pace – see our website for construction updates and more on the diverse projects that we have on the boards. Below are just a few of the projects that we are working on in 2017.

Mark Center | Alexandria, VA
A rendering of Mark Center, a planning and design project in Alexandria, VA.
Half N Street | Washington, DC
The Half Street development in Southwest Washington, D.C, as seen from Nats Park; MV+A collaborated with the Architect of Record – Hord Coplan Macht on the design and planning of the Retail.
Riverdale Park Station | Riverdale, MD
Ongoing construction at the 38-acre Riverdale Park Station project in Maryland.
South Hills | 111 Siena Drive, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241
WFM | South Hills, PA