Revitalizing a 1980’s Shopping Center
DESIGN BRIEF | October 2018
IN THE WORKS
Travilah Square Shopping Center
Travilah Square Shopping Center, acquired by Finmarc Management Inc. in 2016, is located at the busy intersection of Darnestown Road and Travilah Road in Rockville, MD. The late 1980’s look of the center was dated and had fallen into disrepair. MV+A was engaged to revitalize the center and give it a new, clean, vibrant appearance.
Three in-line retail buildings were renovated with completely new facades, replacing wood siding and lattice with patterned brick and steel detailing. A new canopy, lighting and signage program, along with an updated parking lot and site features, transform the existing center. Key existing tenants remained during the construction and have been joined by new local and national retailers and restaurants.
The existing office building and Burger King were demolished and replaced with a new building containing a 12,500 square foot Trader Joe’s grocery store, along with a second, smaller retail space. The new building blends with the shopping center utilizing the same patterned brick and steel trim to create a permanent, timeless appearance. A landscape plaza fronts the Trader Joe’s, and a curved brick and steel pergola shades this new outdoor amenity for the shopping center.
Fall weather brought the MV+A team happily outside for two events this past month! Starting with Principal Jack Hollon’s annual Crab Feast, this is the seventh year the firm has traveled to his house in Baltimore for Maryland’s famous Chesapeake blue crabs. Jack and Terry provided 2.5 bushels of crabs along with salads, snacks and drinks to make good use of our new MV+A cozies! We were happy to show three new employees from outside the Delmarva area how crab picking is done.
Riverdale Park Station Visit
After recently winning four awards for Riverdale Park Station, MV+A also decided to take a day-trip to the site in Riverdale Park, Maryland for the whole office to see. The project was recognized by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Metro Washington and NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association’s DC|MD chapter for excellence in retail, interiors, masonry, and mixed-use master planning. It was great for the entire team to see how MV+A’s involvement for the past decade has improved and enriched the Riverdale community!
NEWS | October 17, 2018
MV+A is proud to announce four awards given to its Riverdale Park Station project in Riverdale Park, Maryland this past two months. The firm has worked diligently on the project for nearly a decade, and the awards from two established Washington Metro area organizations recognizes the results of the thoughtful planning and the attention to detail from the design team. The role as the master planner and architect included designing the plan for the 38-acre site, as well as all commercial buildings and interiors for the Whole Foods Market. This is in addition to one of five planned multifamily buildings that is currently under construction. MV+A is also the design architect for the 119 townhouses developed by Stanley Martin Homes.
The work at Riverdale Park Station was first recognized by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Metro Washington at their 2018 Awards of Excellence Dinner in September. Three Excellence in Construction awards were given in the categories of Retail ($5 Million and Over), Best Masonry Project, and the Whole Foods Market Retail/Interiors Only. In October the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association’s DC|MD Chapter awarded the project team an Award of Excellence for Best Master Plan/Mixed Use Project. The honors were won were in association with the entire Riverdale project team, including Calvin Cafritz Enterprises (owner/developer), Parker Rodriquez (landscape architect), Soltesz (civil engineer), L.F. Jennings (general contractor), and Whole Foods Market.