Design Brief | Riverdale Park Townhomes
DESIGN BRIEF | July 2018
The townhouses at Riverdale Park Station, developed by Stanley Martin Homes, add another exciting element and building type to the live, work, and play neighborhood. MV+A was selected to be the design architect for the building facades and massing to bring a distinctively urban feel to the townhouses for a smooth transition from the commercial core of the development to the residential streets thatcomplete the master plan. MV+A’s rapport with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the Town of Riverdale Park was also a deciding factor. At full build-out there will be 119 urban-style townhouses ranging from 1,850 – 2,750 square feet each, adding to the sense of community being fostered in the growing neighborhood. Responding to the eclectic architecture seen throughout Riverdale Park Station, MV+A designed the facades based on the client’s typical floor plans and worked with the County and Town to gain approval. The formality of the architecture and its relation to other buildings help create the urban fabric that MV+A’s designers wanted to achieve.
What sets these homes apart is that there is nothing like them available in the area – they are new, affordable, and close to mass transit. A short ten-minute walk to the metro and MARC rail systems and a private shuttle system to and from the University of Maryland College Park campus truly make this a transit-oriented development. A new vehicular and pedestrian bridge over the CSX railroad tracks, improved trails, and new bike lanes and bike share programs add to the travel convenience. MV+A’s original involvement designing the 38-acre site master plan has grown to include designing two more apartment buildings on site with over 600 units.. The Stanley Martin townhouses and Riverdale Park Station is a great accomplishment for MV+A and everyone who has worked on it over the past twelve years.
MV+A is proud to announce the promotion of four employees – Russell Zung to Senior Associate and Kalinda Gathinji, Aaron Hotaling, and Amy Smith to Associate. Their hard work and dedication have greatly contributed to the firm’s success, and we are excited for what they will continue to accomplish in their expanded roles.
RUSSELL ZUNG, AIA, LEED AP
Russell Zung continues to manage the design and delivery of MV+A’s mixed-use projects, enhancing the firm’s expertise in the market segment. His collaborative work style, comprehensive understanding of construction techniques and building codes, and collegial attitude contributes to the continued growth of the firm and the successful development of several major buildings. As a Senior Associate, Russell will continue to lead projects and serve as a mentor to the firm’s talented staff of architects and designers.
AARON HOTALING, AIA
Aaron Hotaling has helped shaped large, mixed-use projects through all phases of design, ranging from concept to completion during his time at MV+A. His passion for good design coupled with the ability to execute details helps guide the successful completion of projects. Projects such as Liberty Place, Fairfax Town Center, and currently Reston Crescent Block F demonstrate his passion for thoughtful design and the ability to make designs a reality. As an Associate, Aaron hopes to help the firm’s technical ability and next generation of architects to support MV+A’s growth.
KALINDA GATHINJI, AIA, LEED AP
With over a decade of experience in mixed-use and multifamily residential projects, Kalinda Gathinji has been a leader in delivering MV+A’s multifamily projects and expanding the technical expertise within the firm. She brings a straightforward management style to a range of MV+A mixed-use, multifamily projects including Liberty Place, Faraday Park West, and Faraday Park East in addition to retail projects such as Travilah Square and Tyson’s West Phase III. As an Associate, Kalinda will continue to build upon the technical expertise of the firm while fostering strong client relationships, creating value through resourceful design solutions and ensuring coordinated, efficient project delivery.”
In her 4+ years with MV+A, Amy Smith has successfully revamped the HR and Accounting departments, bringing MV+A up to date with technological trends. By enhancing the accounting and project management systems and products, she has implemented fundamental steps in developing, training, and growing the future leaders of the firm. Amy plans to optimize the current systems to continue meeting the firm’s present and future needs.