Revitalizing a 1980’s Shopping Center

DESIGN BRIEF    |    October 2018

IN THE WORKS

Travilah Square Shopping Center
Rockville, Maryland

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.

Trader Joe's | Travilah Square, Rockville, MD
A brighter Travilah Square with the canopy opened up and raised with a new steel sign band and sidewalk café areas.
Travilah Square, Rockville, MD
The 1970’s view of the center, with an enclosed, dark walkway and dated wood siding.
Trader Joe's | Travilah Square, Rockville, MD
Banded brick features terminate views across the shopping center and at drive aisles.

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.

Trader Joe's | Travilah Square, Rockville, MD
A new patterned brick retail building houses a Trader Joe’s and inline retail.
Trader Joe's | Travilah Square, Rockville, MD
Trader Joe’s signature red storefront blends with taupe brick and steel details, giving the entire shopping center a cohesive look.
Trader Joe's | Travilah Square, Rockville, MD
The new landscaped plaza with curved steel pergola provides an outdoor gathering space for Travilah Square.

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.

MV+A FEATURE

Company Outings

Crab Feast

Crab Feast 2018
Crab Feast 2018
Crab Feast 2018

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

Riverdale Park Station | Riverdale, MD
MV+A gathering for a tour in front of the corner retail space at Woodberry and 46th Streets after lunch at various new restaurants including Habit Burger, MOD Pizza and District Taco.
Riverdale Park Station | Riverdale, MD
Riverdale Park Station’s “Bear Square” park provides a great photo-op with Sir Rulean the bear, as well as the setting for a splash pad, swings and community events like the book fair that we enjoyed.

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!