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Public Drop-off Locations: 

  • Rockville Hilton - 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
  • Twinbrook Community Recreation Center - 12920 Twinbrook Pkwy, Rockville, MD 20851
  • The Terano Apartments - 5720 Fishers Ln, Rockville, MD 20852
  • The Alaire Apartments - 1101 Higgins Place, Rockville, MD 20852
  • Galvan Apartments - 1801 Chapman Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Washington ArtWorks Resident Artists Awarded Grant to Create and Teach Cutting-Edge Glass Techniques

Washington ArtWorks Resident Artists Awarded Grant to Create and Teach Cutting-Edge Glass Techniques

Rockville, MD; July 5, 2016-- The Board of Directors of the Arts and Humanities Council (AHC) of Montgomery County, Maryland has awarded a FY17 Artists and Scholars Project Grant to Jim Hoehn, a resident artist at Washington ArtWorks in Rockville. Mr. Hoehn is partnering with two established glass artists from Celebration Art Glass studio, Missy Loewe and Marilou Legge, to create unique pieces of art using a hybrid process of combining glass forming and painting.

The innovative technique involves layering thin sheets of glass with paint to create large 3-D glass constructions. Loewe explained that “the specialized technique will also be incorporated into teaching classes at Celebration Art Glass.” Mr. Hoehn indicated that the group will be showing select pieces from the project and conducting a seminar for other regional glass artists and students in 2017.

AHC art grants are highly competitive and are awarded through a rigorous peer review by a panel of nationally competitive artists. The project is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. In addition, Washington ArtWorks and Celebration Art Glass have also committed resources to the effort.

For questions, contact Jim Hoehn at jhoehnart@gmail.com or Missy Loewe at missy@celebrationartglass.com.

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Support Washington ArtWorks by Spring Cleaning

Support Washington ArtWorks by Spring Cleaning
Donate clothing and household goods June 21

Community members are invited to donate gently-used clothing and household items at the Washington ArtWorks’ first annual Donation Drive, to be held June 21st from 10am – 10pm at Washington ArtWorks. The drive’s goal is to raise $5,000 in funds to support Washington ArtWorks, Montgomery County’s largest visual arts center. Acceptable donations include clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, books, and small household items (no furniture).  “Being Montgomery County’s largest visual arts center is an amazing privilege but providing the services and programs that we do requires a lot dedication and money. Events like the Donation Drive help us raise needed funds in order to sustain and grow our robust programming,” says Washington ArtWorks CEO, Missy Loewe.

All goods collected through the Donation Drive fundraiser program are sold to Savers, the parent company to great thrift stores like Value Village, Unique, and Savers. They pay us by the pound for every qualifying donation received. In turn, these items help keep their floors freshly stocked.  

About Washington ArtWorks
Washington ArtWorks is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit serving the visual arts community of Washington, DC and its surrounding areas since 1976. Additionally, WAW is home to the Washington School of Photography – providing photography workshops and a professional photography program. All donations to Washington ArtWorks and Washington School of Photography are tax deductible. Washington ArtWorks creates a collaborative working community for students and practitioners of the visual arts by providing opportunities in workspace, education, business, exhibition, and public service.

About Saver

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Savers, Inc. is a privately held global thrift retailer. Through its unique business model of purchasing, reselling and recycling secondhand merchandise, the Savers family of thrift stores benefits more than 150 nonprofit organizations, gives local consumers a smart way to shop, and saves more than 600 million pounds of quality used goods from landfills each year. For more information, please visit www.savers.com.

Contact:
Natanya Khashan
Outreach Manager
(301) 654-1998 or Natanya@WashingtonArtWorks.com

Golden Trowel Award for Cambridge Walk II Homeowners Association

Cambridge Walk II Homeowners Association won the "Golden Trowel Award", Montgomery County's highest honor for superb environmentally responsible landscaping.  This award recognizes over eight years of excellence in balancing the needs of the environment with the beauty of the community.

Twinbrook endures, like its fellow baby boomers

Washington Post - By Lester Davis

Jeff Billington decided to move to Rockville’s Twinbrook neighborhood after finding that the community matched his housing checklist.

The neighborhood was quiet and convenient to Metro’s Red Line, he said. But the housing prices sealed the deal.

“If you want an affordable single-family home in Montgomery County and you want to be close to the Metro, I don’t know that there are other neighborhoods that compare,” said Billington, who works in the District for a public relations firm. “If I go out and have a drink after work, I don’t have to worry about driving,” added Billington, who bought his 1952 four-bedroom, two-bathroom Cape Cod on Atlantic Avenue 10 years ago.

Twinbrook sprang up in the housing boom that followed World War II, and even today much of the neighborhood consists of modest 1950s houses with picture windows and neat front lawns, said Harold Franklin, an agent with Weichert Realtors.

While most early residents flocked to Twinbrook to take advantage of the federal government’s G.I. Bill, many newcomers are enticed by the neighborhood’s proximity to Metro and nearby shops and restaurants along Veirs Mill Road, Franklin said.

“This neighborhood is centrally located for residents who need to run out for any little last-minute things.You can actually walk to a store without having to get in your car,” he said.

Parks, trails and shops: Joseph McClane, president of the Cambridge Walk II homeowners association, called Twinbrook “an overlooked gem.”

About 20 years ago, McClane said, he was searching for an affordable neighborhood within walking distance of a Red Line Metro stop. The list was short.

“I really like the fact that Twinbrook is one of the few places where on the one side of us is Rock Creek Park and the Bethesda Trolley Trail and on the other side is Rockville Pike, where you can walk to dinner and other shops,” said McClane, who lives in a 2,400-square-foot three-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouse on Halpine Walk Court.

Kelly Day, who grew up on Crawford Drive and whose grandfather lives on Lewis Avenue, said her siblings have lovingly teased her over the years for not moving away from their childhood neighborhood. But Day, who purchased a three-bedroom, one-bathroom Cape Cod in 2001, said Twinbrook “holds a special place in my heart.”

“We’re a walkable community, and the schools are wonderful,” Day added. “It’s a very accepting community, and I think that’s what’s kept me here.”

Steve Dolan said that he enjoys walking his Staffordshire bull terrier through Twinbrook and imagining the neighborhood during the 1950s after service members returned home from World War II.

“The houses here kind of have a different feel to them,” said Dolan, who lives on Henry Road.

Brian Wilson said that he and his wife were living in a condo in Alexandria and commuting to their jobs in Rockville. Between their separate commutes, the couple would spend four to six hours a day in traffic, Wilson said.

“We thought the commute was crazy,” he said. “We found an agent, and they led us to Twinbrook.”


Living there:  The community is bordered by First Street to the northwest; Rock Creek Park to the northeast; Twinbrook Parkway to the southeast; and the CSX and Metro tracks, just east of Rockville Pike, to the southwest.

In the past 12 months, 32 homes have sold in Twinbrook, at prices ranging from $257,000 for a 1,200-square-foot four-bedroom, one-bathroom house to $415,000 for a 2,444-square-foot four-bedroom, four-bath house, said Annabel Burch-Murton, an agent with Washington Fine Properties.

Six houses are for sale, ranging from a 1,200-square-foot four-bedroom, one-bathroom Cape Cod priced at $285,000 to a 1,200-square-foot, four-bedroom, two-bathroom Cape Cod for $424,900, Burch-Murton said.


Schools: Twinbrook Elementary, Julius West Middle and Richard Montgomery High.

Transit: The Twinbrook Metro station is on the southern edge of the neighborhood; the Rockville station is a closer option for residents on its north side. The area is also served by Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system.

Crime: So far this year, 10 assaults, two robberies and five burglaries have been reported in the Twinbrook neighborhood, according to the Rockville police department.

Twinbrook Thursdays on the Lane - Cinco de Mayo Concert Series

JBG Lures New Retail to Galvan on Rockville Pike

Pie 360, Dunkin Donuts and Floyd’s 99 Barbershop to Join Safeway

Chevy Chase, Md. (August 5, 2015) – The JBG Companies has announced the signing of three new retailers at Galvan at Twinbrook, a new mixed-use community on Rockville Pike.
Pie 360, Dunkin Donuts and Floyd’s 99 Barbershop will join anchors Safeway and Ethan Allen Design Center in this upscale apartment community adjacent to the Twinbrook Metro.

Currently under construction and slated to open later this year, Galvan will feature 356 apartments with a cool, industrial-modern style above a brand new, 63,000-square-foot, flagship Safeway.  Together with the return of the Ethan Allen Design Center and a lineup of fast-casual restaurants including Capriotti’s and Smashburger, Galvan will create a new and dynamic change to the bustling Rockville Pike streetscape.

“We welcome these new arrivals to Galvan as well as to the greater Rockville community as a whole,” said Anthony Greenberg, a principal at The JBG Companies. “We believe these merchants and the apartments above them will be successful and attractive, and offer excellent options to nearby workers and others in this busy corridor.”

Pie 360 is a new build-your-own pizza concept being launched by local artisan-style pizza chain, Coal Fire.  Pie 360 lets customers choose their crust, sauce and toppings for personal-size pizzas that bake in two minutes.

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop is a national chain with a modern take on the neighborhood barbershop of years past, offering salon services for men and women in an edgy, rock ‘n’ roll, atmosphere.

Galvan is on the west side of the Metro station and is part of JBG’s 30-acre, neighborhood-level development strategy surrounding the Twinbrook Metro station. On the east side of the Metro, JBG is putting on the finishing touches to The Terano, a 214-unit mid-rise apartment community with 18,000 square feet of street level retail including Revolution Cycles. It is located next to The Alaire which JBG opened in 2010 with 279 apartment homes and 15,000 square feet of retail.

The Twinbrook community, long known as an employment center with more than 6,000 federal employees, will eventually comprise about three million square feet of mixed-used space. JBG’s development plan earned LEED Gold Certification for Neighborhood Development from the U.S. Green Building Council for combining principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the overall design of the entire neighborhood. It was the first LEED-ND plan in the Washington region and a model for the country.

About The JBG Companies
Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., The JBG Companies is a private real estate investment firm that develops, owns and manages office, residential, hotel and retail properties. The company has more than $10 billion in assets under management and development in the Washington, DC area. Since 1960, JBG has been active in the areas where it invests, striving to positively impact local communities. For more information, please visit JBG.com or find us on Twitter @TheJBGCompanies and Facebook facebook.com/TheJBGCompanies.
More information about Galvan can be found at LiveAtGalvan.com.

Poetry Stones’ public art by renowned poet installed at The Terano

Kenneth Goldsmith’s sculpture brings ‘wonder and magic’ to Twinbrook

Rockville, Md. (June 29, 2015) — A flatbed truck arrived in Twinbrook Monday carrying Poetry Stones, the latest public art installation commissioned by The JBG Companies. Kenneth Goldsmith, the acclaimed and sometimes-controversial poet who is debuting his first large-scale public art, created the piece for The Terano, JBG’s new mixed-use community.

Goldsmith, the poet laureate of New York’s Museum of Modern Art who has recited his works at the White House, was onsite Monday to oversee the installation.
“Poetry Stones is a series of stones inscribed with words chosen for the poetic resonance and the mysterious qualities of flowers. Instead of common names like daffodil or marigold, I used ‘moonplaster’ and ‘subsummer,’” Goldsmith explained. “The words that are embedded will remain mysterious and beautiful.”

“Living with poetry brings wonder and magic to the everyday, which is my intention with this art work,” he added.
Seven inscribed sandstones make up the artwork near the corner of Fishers Lane and Higgins Place, some as big as 7 feet by 3 feet.
Goldsmith has written 10 books of poetry, teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and is the founding editor of the online poetry archive UbuWeb. When named MoMA’s first-ever poet laureate in 2013, Goldsmith vowed to “slather the museum in poetry.”

Poetry Stones is the first of three new public art pieces curated for JBG in Twinbrook by Howie Chen, a former curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.  He explained that the new pieces selected for Twinbrook are “site-responsive,” meaning that each considers the site, public usage and specific surroundings of its location.
Two additional pieces will be installed later this year as part of the city of Rockville’s Art in Public Places program, another sculpture at The Terano by Sarah Dorrner and one by James Angus at Galvan, which is under construction nearby on Rockville Pike. Chen also secured international sculptor Howard McCalebb for the 2010 installation of Butterfly and Cat’s Tail at The Alaire, JBG’s first mixed-use community in Twinbrook Station, a 30-acre redevelopment around the Twinbrook Metro.

“Public art enriches communities, and should be engaging and thought provoking for those who encounter it,” said Anthony Greenberg, a principal at The JBG Companies. “JBG seeks to bring high-quality and relevant public art to its communities, and is pleased to be working with Howie Chen, a noted curator, in creating a world-class public art collection in Twinbrook.”

About The JBG Companies

Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, The JBG Companies is a private real estate investment firm that develops, owns and manages office, residential, hotel and retail properties. The company has more than $10 billion in assets under management and development in the Washington, DC area. Since 1960, JBG has been active in the areas where it invests, striving to positively impact local communities. For more information, please visit JBG.com or find us on Twitter @TheJBGCompanies and Facebook facebook.com/TheJBGCompanies. More information about The Terano can be found at LiveAtTheTerano.com.

Twinbrook hosts more than 100 cyclists during Bike to Work Day

Twinbrook, Maryland (May 15, 2015) — Nearly 120 Twinbrook cyclists joined thousands of others across the region Friday as they made their morning commutes on two wheels to celebrate the bicycle as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work. The Twinbrook Partnership hosted the Twinbrook pit stop, one of 79 across the metro area, as part of Bike to Work Day.

Among the morning festivities that included music and food, Revolution Cycles had bicycle service technicians on site to assist with routine bike assessments and maintenance. This summer Revolution Cycles is relocating its Rockville shop to new space in the Terano—Twinbrook’s newest apartment community.

Cyclists also got a firsthand look at what a bus driver sees. Montgomery County Public Schools’ Safety and Training Manager Candy Mason invited cyclists to sit behind the wheel of a parked school bus with a bike positioned along its right rear quarter to see for themselves what a bus driver sees in rearview and side view mirrors. She demonstrated how brightly colored vests, helmets and bikes make it easier to spot cyclists.

“The Twinbrook pit stop is becoming a great community tradition,” said Ashley Lambdin, Director of the Twinbrook Partnership, a private neighborhood and business group that promotes Twinbrook and launched the pit stop three years ago. “Participation goes up each year, and our bicyclists enjoy the opportunity to meet each other and learn more about biking in the community.”

The number of bike commuters in the Washington region has increased significantly, up 86 percent to 2.2 percent of all commuting trips, according to the county planning department.

“The number of non-recreational bike trips in Montgomery County is up 62 percent in the last 10 years,” said Montgomery County Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson, who visited the Twinbrook pit stop. “Bike commuters are only a fraction of our daily commuter trips, but we expect the upward trend will continue.” The planning department has begun an update of the county Bicycle Master Plan last month with public meetings planned for this summer.

The Partnership is working to increase Twinbrook’s standing as a bike-friendly community. With thousands of federal workers, is among the highest demand areas in the county for non-recreational bike trips, according to a bike heat map created by the planning department.

Twinbrook encompasses part of Rock Creek Park, which features an existing bikeway. The JBG Companies, which is developing an additional 2.5 million square feet of mixed-use space surrounding the Twinbrook Metro station, has also been working with the planning department to build a new stretch of bikeway to connect Viers Mill Road to the Rock Creek Trail.

2014 Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Award Winners Announced

For the fourth consecutive year, the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful program has bestowed its award of excellence on a neighborhood in Twinbrook, honoring the Cambridge Walk II Homeowners Association in the category of Sustained Maintenance.

 

Twinbrook Partnership members support Rebuilding Together Montgomery County

  

Two members of the Twinbrook Partnership, James G. Davis Construction (DAVIS) and The JBG Companies, recently collaborated to construct a fun and unique playhouse to benefit Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC).

Created with Studios Architecture and Orr Partners, the playhouse incorporates transit-oriented, mixed-use and sustainable design concepts. It features a train car, market, apartment and fire pole connecting two levels. Named “Live Move Play,” the 8’x10’x12’ playhouse -- along with seven other one-of-a-kind houses built by industry professionals -- will be auctioned as part of a large-scale fundraiser on May 29 to benefit RTMC in its mission to provide critical home repairs and energy efficiency upgrades to the county’s most vulnerable residents.

“DAVIS Construction and JBG’s commitment to philanthropy is well established,” said Ashley Lambdin, director of the Twinbrook Partnership, a private neighborhood and business alliance dedicated to promoting Rockville’s Twinbrook community. “Their involvement in RTMC’s Playhouse Project exemplifies the commitment by Twinbrook Partnership members to not just our district, but the broader community.”

DAVIS Construction, JBG and their partners completed the design, procured donated materials through relationships with subcontractors, and constructed the playhouse in eight weeks. All playhouses will be on display through the month of May at The Shops at Wisconsin Place.

Members of the Twinbrook Partnership have led the transformation of the area into a dynamic mixed-use district. Both DAVIS Construction and JBG have significant interests in Twinbrook and are developing new, mixed-use projects on both the east and west sides of the community’s Metro station with the encouragement of local officials.

Within Twinbrook, DAVIS Construction and JBG are collaborating on Galvan and The Terano, two exciting mixed-use developments that combine more than 500 residential units and more than 130,000 square feet of retail space, enhancing the growing transit-oriented Twinbrook community.

On the west side of Twinbrook Metro Station next to the Rockville Hilton, Galvan will feature 356 apartments, 15 percent of which will be dedicated as affordable, paired with 100,000 square feet of street-level retail, including a 63,000 square-foot flagship Safeway. Other retailers will include an Ethan Allen Design Center along with restaurants and cafés with sidewalk seating. Galvan is expected to deliver in 2015.

On the east side of Metro, The Terano will offer 206 apartments, 15 percent dedicated as affordable, and 33,000 square feet of street-level retail. The Terano will include popular retailer Revolution Cycles and a bicycle maintenance center for residents. The Terano is adjacent to The Alaire, JBG’s first mixed-use community in Twinbrook which opened in 2010, and is a joint venture project with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

RTMC launched the first RTMC Playhouse Project in 2012 and raised $114,000, which allows the nonprofit to undertake 120 home repairs projects each year by mobilizing 1,500 volunteers and delivering $1.3 million back to the community. To learn more about RTMC, please visit www.rebuildingtogethermc.org.

ABOUT THE TWINBROOK PARTNERSHIP

The Twinbrook Partnership is a private neighborhood and business alliance that promotes the growing Twinbrook community in Rockville. Branded “Urban by Nature” for its proximity to Rock Creek Park and Rockville Pike, the Partnership collaborates with the community on environmental programs, the arts, biking initiatives, a farmers market, charitable efforts and more. Members include The JBG Companies, Cambridge Walk II Home Owners Association, James G. Davis Construction and The United States Pharmacopeia. To learn more, visit www.TwinbrookUrbanByNature.com.

ABOUT THE JBG COMPANIES

Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., The JBG Companies is a private real estate development firm that develops, owns and manages office, residential, hotel and retail properties. The company has more than $10 billion in assets under management and development in the Washington, DC area. Since 1960, JBG has been active in the communities where it invests, striving to make a positive impact. More information can be found by visiting the company's website, www.JBG.com, or by calling 240.333.3600.

ABOUT DAVIS CONSTRUCTION

Founded in 1966, DAVIS Construction serves as a general contractor, construction manager, and design-build partner for base buildings, renovations, residential, sustainable and interior construction in the Washington, DC area. Consistently ranked as an industry leader both nationally and locally, DAVIS Construction was most recently recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the area’s “Best Places to Work” for the eighth consecutive year. For more information, please visit davisconstruction.com or follow us @DAVISbuilds.

 

Twinbrook walking tour highlights “Placemaking in Progress”

About 30 participants joined the Coalition for Smarter Growth for a walking tour of Rockville’s Twinbrook community on Saturday, May 17. Titled “Twinbrook: Placemaking in Progress,” the tour underscored the district’s ongoing evolution into a walkable, mixed-use neighborhood grounded by residences, federal offices and private retailers.

Twinbrook Partnership Director Ashley Lambdin spoke about the evolution of the private neighborhood and business alliance and its role in promoting businesses in the community, while Cambridge Walk II Homeowners Association President Joe McClane addressed how new development and access to transit enhances residents’ quality of life. 

The tour was organized through the Coalition for Smarter Growth’s Walking Tours & Forums Series. To learn more about the Coalition for Smarter Growth, visit www.smartergrowth.net.

About the Twinbrook Partnership
The Twinbrook Partnership is a private neighborhood and business alliance that promotes the growing Twinbrook community in Rockville. Branded “Urban by Nature” for its proximity to Rock Creek Park and Rockville Pike, the Partnership collaborates with the community on environmental programs, the arts, biking initiatives, a farmers market, charitable efforts and more. Members include The JBG Companies, Cambridge Walk II Home Owners Association, James G. Davis Construction and The United States Pharmacopeia. To learn more, visit www.TwinbrookUrbanByNature.com.

 

Partner Profile: Cambridge Walk II

Located adjacent to the Twinbrook Metro Station, Cambridge Walk II is a community of charming, red-brick townhomes in an inclusive atmosphere where residents say they know and support each other. An active neighborhood, many residents enjoy walking to work nearby at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Institutes of Health, two premiere employers also located in Rockville’s Twinbrook district.

Cambridge Walk II is also an active member of the Twinbrook Partnership, a private neighborhood and business alliance working together for the Twinbrook area. The Partnership is working to integrate new apartments, offices and shops with existing neighborhoods and institutions and create a more cohesive use identity for the community. 

So what initially attracted Cambridge Walk II’s residents to buy homes in Twinbrook? The answer lies in the quality of life offered by the Twinbrook area, says homeowner’s association President Joe McClane, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1998. “We can garden and have our own garages, but we can walk to Metro and bike anywhere,” says McClane “It’s both urban and natural.”

That appreciation for the outdoors shows. For three years in a row, the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful program has bestowed its award of excellence on Cambridge Walk II Homeowners Association. During spring, neighbors can be found out in the community attending many events, including Cambridge Walk II’s annual spring yard sale and community luncheon.

Residents can also take advantage of the short walk to the Twinbrook Farmer’s Market, held Tuesdays through November from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the common area between 5635 and 5625 Fishers Lane. Year-round, Cambridge Walk II’s residents are also enjoying the enhanced lifestyle that comes from a host of new businesses opening in Twinbrook’s urban district, including Green Bamboo Asian Bistro, Downtown Beer and Wine, L.A. Lucky Hair & Nails and the Pilates Center of Rockville.

Look for Cambridge Walk II during your next visit to Twinbrook.

 

Twinbrook Partnership hits the road for Rockville’s Pike’s Peek 10K

Twinbrook Partnership proudly served as a sponsor for the recent Pike’s Peek 10K, which attracted more than 2,000 participants to race along Rockville Pike.

Sponsored by the Montgomery County Road Runners Club, the annual race traveled from near Shady Grove Metro Station in Rockville to White Flint Mall in North Bethesda on Sunday, April 27.

Representatives from Twinbrook Partnership shared how Twinbrook offers a vibrant, transit-oriented lifestyle within close reach of premiere area employers, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health.

About Twinbrook Partnership

The Twinbrook Partnership is a private neighborhood and business alliance that promotes the growing Twinbrook community in Rockville. Branded “Urban by Nature” for its proximity to Rock Creek Park and Rockville Pike, the Partnership collaborates with the community on environmental programs, the arts, biking initiatives, a farmers market, charitable efforts and more. Members include The JBG Companies, Cambridge Walk II Home Owners Association, James G. Davis Construction and The United States Pharmacopeia. To learn more, visit www.TwinbrookUrbanByNature.com.

JBG hosts Earth Fair for Twinbrook office tenants

Dozens of Twinbrook lunch-goers sampled delicious foods and mingled at informational vendor booths during an annual Earth Fair hosted last week by The JBG Companies for employees of its office buildings on Fishers Lane.

Held each spring in honor of Earth Week, The JBG Companies Earth Fair at Twinbrook highlights sustainable solutions offered by local businesses. This year, representatives from Twinbrook Partnership also showcased how the Twinbrook community offers a balanced, pedestrian-friendly lifestyle within close reach of powerhouse area employers including the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Pharmacopeia.

JBG's sustainability efforts are centered upon creating value through the strategic design, development and management of properties that result in energy efficiency, resource conservation, and waste reduction. Vendors participating in the Earth Fair highlighted products that embrace such sustainability, including Capital City Landscaping, which showcased an electric mower.

Other vendors included Atlantic Parking, City of Rockville, Great Forest, Honda & Kia, Montgomery County SORRT, North Bethesda Transportation, Red Coats, Repax, Twinbrook Community Center and Zip Car, in addition to food trucks such as Kona Ice and the Corned Beef King.

About The JBG Companies
Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., The JBG Companies is a private real estate development firm that develops, owns and manages office, residential, hotel and retail properties. The company has more than $10 billion in assets under management and development in the Washington, DC area. Since 1960, JBG has been active in the communities where it invests, striving to make a positive impact. More information can be found by visiting the company's website: www.JBG.com, or by calling 240.333.3600.

About the Twinbrook Partnership
The Twinbrook Partnership is a private neighborhood and business alliance that promotes the growing Twinbrook community in Rockville. Branded “Urban by Nature” for its proximity to Rock Creek Park and Rockville Pike, the Partnership collaborates with the community on environmental programs, the arts, biking initiatives, a farmers market, charitable efforts and more. Members include The JBG Companies, Cambridge Walk II Home Owners Association, James G. Davis Construction, Twinbrook Partners and The United States Pharmacopeia. To learn more, visit www.TwinbrookUrbanByNature.com.

 

Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup with Twinbrook Partnership

This is an annual event by the Rock Creek Conservancy.

Twinbrook Partnership celebrates another successful Extreme Cleanup.

Dozens of volunteers collected litter and hauled away tires and other debris from the Twinbrook portion of Rock Creek Park. This site was organized by Twinbrook Partnership, a private neighborhood and business alliance promoting the Twinbrook community in Rockville.

http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Magazine/March-April-2014/Rock-Creek-Extreme-Cleanup-with-Twinbrook-Partnership/

In Rockville, a quiet bicycling transformation takes place

In the past five years, DC and Arlington have dramatically expanded their bicycle infrastructure, becoming national leaders in cycling. Meanwhile, a quieter transformation has been taking place in Rockville, which has built a 68-mile bike network and is looking to expand it.

As one of the few incorporated cities in Montgomery County, Rockville is in a unique position to plan its transportation. Since 1999, volunteers on the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee (RBAC) have worked with the city to expand infrastructure and develop bicycle-friendly policies. Today, the city has 34.3 miles of separated bikeways and 33.5 miles of shared lane designations.

Through the group's advocacy and the city's efforts, Rockville built the Millennium Trail in 2000, since renamed the Carl Henn Millennium Trail after its biggest advocate. A "bicycle beltway," the multi-use path connects together a number of neighborhoods and parallels several major roads that would scare off all but the most experienced cyclists.

Rockville makes bicycling a priority

Rockville has also developed Maryland's first Safe Routes to School curriculum, built the Sister Cities bridge over I-270, and added bicycle safety classes to Montgomery College's course offerings. Recently, the city has made even more significant investments in cycling as a mode of transportation.

With encouragement from RBAC, the city hired a full-time pedestrian and bicycle coordinator in 2011. While previous bicycle-related work was located in the Department of Recreation and Parks, the coordinator's position is in the Department of Public Works, showing how the city is recognizing non-motorized transportation's role in the larger system.

The bicycle and pedestrian coordinator has played a key role in system-level activities such as analyzing crash data, developing heat maps, running bicycle counts, and coordinating activities across the city government.

Most recently, Rockville collaborated with Montgomery County on the Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) grant for Capital Bikeshare. Because of the matching grant funds from the City, as well as its site development work, Rockville has 13 stations. Because the grant is designed to increase transportation access for low-income citizens, the county is offering free memberships, helmets, and cycling classes to residents who qualify.

Showing that it's safe to bike

RBAC works to complement the city's work by organizing activities that educate and encourage citizens to ride. The RBAC booth is a reliable presence at the Rockville's farmers' market throughout the spring and summer. Volunteers hand out bike maps, answer questions, and carry out bicycle safety checks.


Through weekly community rides, RBAC members introduce participants to routes and demonstrate safety techniques. Past rides have included trips around the Millennium Trail, rides to local landmarks like Lake Needwood, and a "progressive dinner" ride to local restaurants. This summer, RBAC is launching a series of Kidical Mass rides geared towards families with young children. By showing parents that it's safe to ride on the street, these rides will set the stage for the next generation of cyclists who can be less reliant on cars.

The efforts of the city government and RBAC are paying off. In 2012, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the city as a bronze level Bicycle-Friendly Community, a step up from its previous Honorable Mention status. Results from yearly bicycle counts show an increasing number of cyclists, with more than 300 people a day riding through one of the busiest intersections in Rockville.

Last year, more riders signed up for Rockville's Bike to Work Day than ever, with a 48% increase in participants from 2012 to 2013. Attitudes are changing as well. Bicycling has become so mainstream that major developer JBG is using bicycle-friendliness as a selling point for its new development at the Twinbrook Metro station.

Rockville considers expanding its bike network

As encouraging as these changes are, Rockville still has substantial room for improvement. The update of the city's Bikeway Master Plan, the first one in 10 years, sets a long-term vision. Based on extensive research and analysis, the draft plan proposes 24.5 miles of new dedicated bikeway facilities, including 15 miles of traditional bike lanes, 4.3 miles of shared-use paths, and 5.2 miles of cycletracks. In addition, it also proposes 18.1 miles of shared lane designations, including sharrows.


The plan maps these proposed locations, as well as new north-south and east-west crosstown priority bicycle routes. It also recommends updating zoning ordinances, improving maintenance of existing bikeways, increasing signage, and adding two-way cycletracks to both sides of Rockville Pike, which would be Montgomery County's first protected bicycle lanes. The draft master plan is currently on the city's website, and the city is accepting public comments through April 30.

While there are many improvements yet to be made, Rockville holds this vision: that it may be a city where bicycling is for all types of trips, for all types of people, and for all parts of the city.

by Shannon Brescher Shea • March 20, 2014

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/

Capitol Arts Network Exhibit Features Work By Studio Art Faculty of Montgomery College

March Monthly Show Highlights the Impact
Of ‘Significant Encounters’ in Artistic Expression

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Capitol Arts Network, the Washington area’s fastest-growing organization for professional and emerging artists, will explore the impact of “significant encounters” on artists and their work during March, with an exhibition produced by studio art faculty members at Montgomery College.

“For this exhibit, we have defined a ‘critical contact’ as an encounter that has had a significant impact on an artist,” said Claudia Rousseau, of Montgomery College.  “Such encounters might be with a place, a book, a person, a particularly galvanizing moment. The exhibit could also be a consideration of critical encounters between or among species, cultures, technologies, economies, natural elements and many other things.”

The March show opens on March 3rd with a First Friday opening reception on Friday, March. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Capitol Arts Network’s Urban By Nature Gallery at 12276 Wilkins Avenue in Rockville.  The exhibit runs through the end of the month.

“The variety of approaches among the 22 participants in this exhibit is extensive,” Rousseau said.  “Among the most prominent subthemes are memories of certain places and the ways in which contacts with those places have had a lasting impact. This can be seen, for example, in the ceramics of Vidya Vijayasekharan, who also relates the theme to the globalization of things once limited to a small part of the world.” 

“From a very different part of the world, Megan Van Wagoner’s Standing Production recalls her childhood in the American Midwest.  Judy Stone’s installation titled Transmission also carries memory of a pivotal trip to Mexico,” she said.  “Another subtheme concerns specific contacts with a person or persons.  Perhaps most striking in this group are the works of Kate Kretz for whom the birth of her daughter had a significant impact.”  

“The often silent interaction between men in India is the point of contact for Daniel Venne.  The theme of exploration, whether physical or emotional is also the key for a group of artists including painter Wil Brunner,” she continued.

“Critical contacts between elements of nature are also a common theme, as in the photographs of Mary Staley and Grace Graham. Yet, perhaps the most compelling results of setting out this theme are the numerous interpretations of it in terms of the contact of the self with inner self or introspective examinations, as evidenced in the work of exhibit participants David Carter and Michaele Harrington.”

The Capitol Arts Network’s Rockville headquarters features studio space for more than 70 working artists artists plus classrooms, work and meeting areas and gallery and exhibition space where artists can work individually or side-by-side in a collaborative community setting. The center is conveniently located near Rockville’s Twinbook Metro station, in Montgomery County’s developing “Twinbrook Arts Zone,” which also includes the home of the Washington School of Photography.

Capitol Arts Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a community environment in which established and emerging artists from across the Washington, D.C., region can come together to work, develop and share resources, expertise, marketing opportunities and community outreach. Its Capitol Arts Network studio, educational, business and gallery complex is located at 12276 Wilkins Ave. in Rockville. Capitol Arts Network and the Washington School of Photography combine their administrative functions under the newly formed organization Washington ArtWorks. For more information on Capitol Arts Network or its facilities, please visit www.capitolartsnetwork.com or call 301-661-7590.

Hot on the trail of rentals

Between the two of them, Colin Browne and his girlfriend, Inez Steigerwald, own seven bikes. So when they were deciding where to rent in the D.C. area, one priority was obvious for both of them: Live near stuff that makes biking easier.

The two rent a rowhouse in Brookland, near the Franklin Street entrance to the Metropolitan Branch Trail, an eight-mile route that runs from Silver Spring to D.C.’s Union Station.

Browne uses the path, a former rail line that includes off-road segments that wind through neighborhoods, to bike to his nonprofit job on Capitol Hill, a 15-minute ride.
“The [trail] gives me a quick, low-stress way to get to work and to many of the other parts of the city I spend time in,” Browne says. “I feel safer riding in bad weather because I can concentrate on handling my bike and not worry about whether nearby drivers are in control of their cars.”

Just like Browne, more and more people in the Washington area are getting serious about cycling — according to U.S. census data, the percentage of Washingtonians commuting by bike jumped from 1.2 percent in 2000 to 4.1 percent in 2012, meaning thousands of new commuters are hitting the trails and bike lanes.

Those cyclists are making bike access a top priority in their housing hunts. That’s something leaders in the rental market are catching on to — and taking advantage of.

Some chic luxury apartment buildings, such as Ava H Street (318 I St. NE; 877-714-4718), boast of indoor bike storage and repair rooms, as well as apartments with built-in “gear walls” — space to hang bikes, helmets and more. The Alaire at Twinbrook Station (1101 Higgins Place, Rockville; 301-770-4440), has an in-building bikeshare and bike racks in the parking garage.

“[The Alaire] was the first residential project where we focused on bike-friendliness as an end in and of itself,” says Tony Greenberg, a developer for JBG who oversees its projects at Twinbrook. “Bike-friendliness as a consumer preference is fairly well established at this point. It’s not a fad.”

Cycling infrastructure is increasingly becoming a selling point for Alexandria Realtor Kevin Posey’s rental clients.

“We have a fair number of apartment buildings that are close to the Mount Vernon Trail, and when I mention that amenity, that really grabs their attention,” he says. The Mount Vernon Trail offers a paved path for Northern Virginia cyclists riding into D.C., running 18 miles from Rosslyn to Mount Vernon.

But avid cyclists don’t have to rent in big high-rises to make biking feasible.

Smaller buildings may offer ground-level entrances, so that you can roll your wheels into your bedroom. Browne’s townhouse has a covered porch, a perfect space to store seven bikes.

And if you’re not sure where the best trails and bike lanes for your commute are, you can comb through D.C.’s bike maps.

Even for experienced riders, bike lanes and trails make life easier by giving them room to zoom without cars in the way, cyclists say. Most trails in the region ban motorized vehicles, though a few connect with bike lanes, which share pavement with cars.

“Even for those of us comfortable riding in traffic … there’s always some level of risk or insecurity about sharing space with traffic,” says Shane Farthing, president of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (2599 Ontario Road NW; 202-518-0524).

Picking a bike-friendly rental can also save on transportation costs, Farthing says. Being willing to bike to a Metro, instead of living on top of one, can save renters hundreds of dollars every month and allow them to live in neighborhoods with more of a quiet, suburban feel.

“The [apartments] around the Metro are some of the most expensive,” he says. “Having a bike is a way you can expand your mobility.”

Browne is one such cyclist who isn’t paying Metro fares, thanks to his bike: He hasn’t commuted via Metro in two years. He also doesn’t own a car.

“Brookland and the Met Branch Trail are nice because they’re not really in the middle of things,” he says. “With a bike, it’s just very easy to get 15 minutes to the middle of things — without having to live right in the middle.” LIZ ESSLEY WHYTE (FOR EXPRESS)

Capitol Arts Network Celebrates the Month of February With Exhibit Titled ‘Tokens and Sentiments’

February Gallery Show Also Features
Nature-Based Work of Invited Artist Pam Rogers

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Capitol Arts Network, the Washington area’s fastest-growing organization for professional and emerging artists, announces that its February show will feature invited artist Pam Rogers, whose work focuses on the relationship between people and nature.

The organization’s monthly exhibition, titled “Tokens and Sentiments” to coincide with the Valentines season,  also will include offerings by artists from across the National Capital region in a show billed as “a unique, real-world take on love and romance that is not necessarily the greeting-card version of the story,” said Capitol Arts Network Executive Director Judith HeartSong. “This month, the artists have been encouraged to think outside the box with florals, designs, poetry and more to offer their real-life version of a Valentine in this modern age.”

The February show opens at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Capitol Arts Network’s Urban by Nature Gallery at 12276 Wilkins Avenue in Rockville.  The exhibit runs through Feb. 26.

Featured artist Pam Rogers, originally from Boulder, Colorado, is well known for her nature-based imagery, which is strongly influenced by her interests in anthropology, art history and botanical illustration.  This fascination with the natural world is the bases for a broad body of work that manifests itself in paintings, drawings, sculpture and installation art. Her work has been described as “creating an exploration into how individuals nurture and develop relationships, societies and ideas – and then create carefully crafted identities based on these themes.”

Conceptually, she “deconstructs relationships, events and personal moments and places them in a visual narrative evoking imagery from the natural world.”  Rogers currently works as an independent illustrator on various projects for the Anthropology Department of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. For more information on Rogers and her work, visit pamrogersart.com/bio.

The Capitol Arts Network’s Rockville headquarters features studio space for more than 56 artists in two buildings plus classrooms, work and meeting areas and gallery and exhibition space where artists can work individually or side-by-side in a collaborative community setting. The center is conveniently located near Rockville’s Twinbook Metro station, in Montgomery County’s developing “Twinbrook Arts Zone,” which also includes the home of the Washington School of Photography.

Capitol Arts Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a community environment in which established and emerging artists from across the Washington, D.C., region can come together to work, develop and share resources, expertise, marketing opportunities and community outreach. Its Capitol Arts Center studio, educational, business and gallery complex is located at 12276 and 12280 Wilkins Ave. in Rockville. Capitol Arts Network and the Washington School of Photography combine their administrative functions under the newly formed organization Washington Artworks. For more information on Capitol Arts Network or its facilities, please visit www.capitolartsnetwork.com or call 301-661-7590.

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Demolition on Rockville Pike Makes Way for Galvan at Twinbrook

Mixed-use community is prominent next step in neighborhood’s transformation

Rockville, Maryland (January 9, 2014) – The landscape is changing on Rockville Pike, where demolition is clearing way for Galvan at Twinbrook, a mixed-use, transit-oriented development by The JBG Companies.

Galvan at Twinbrook transforms an underutilized retail center and large surface parking lot at 1800 Rockville Pike into a highly sought after transit-oriented development that’s inviting and walkable for both residents and visitors to a new urban-concept Safeway, restaurants and other retail.

A renewal of the Twinbrook area into a dynamic mixed-use neighborhood with its own identity has been underway for years, but with its visible location on Rockville Pike, Galvan is the most high-profile project to date.

“Twinbrook really is coming into its own as a thriving destination,” said Rod Lawrence, a JBG partner. “Sometimes forgotten, Twinbrook is experiencing new development—both commercial and residential—that is bringing a renewed sense of community to the area. Convenient to Metro and flush with jobs, Twinbrook is taking on new life—and people are starting to notice.”

Located on the west side of the Twinbrook Metro station, next to the Rockville Hilton, Galvan  will feature 356 apartments, 15 percent of which will be dedicated as affordable, paired with 100,000 square feet of street-level retail, including a 63,000 square-foot flagship Safeway with two levels of underground parking. Other retailers will include an Ethan Allen Design Center and sidewalk cafés.

On Bouic and Chapman avenues, the Safeway will be reminiscent of a historic brick warehouse. The residential portion along Rockville Pike will feature more modern architecture.

Designed to promote a walkable and transit-oriented lifestyle, ample sidewalks will provide public connectivity with Rockville Pike and the Metro, which is just 500 feet away. Galvan also features on-site bike share and a bicycle room with bike maintenance center.

Above-ground construction on Galvan will begin early this year. Delivery is expected in 2015.

Work is also underway on The Terano, another JBG mixed-use development, located on the east side of the Metro station. Together with The Alaire, which opened in 2010, they are part of JBG’s 30-acre Twinbrook Station redevelopment surrounding the Metro. When complete, it will comprise about 2 million square feet of mixed-use space.

Twinbrook Station, which is a partnership with WMATA, earned LEED Gold Certification for Neighborhood Development from the U.S. Green Building Council for combining principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the overall design of the entire neighborhood. It was the first LEED-ND community in the Washington region and a model for the country.

To learn more, visit GetGalvan.com.

About The JBG Companies
Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., The JBG Companies is a private real estate development firm that develops, owns and manages office, residential, hotel and retail properties. The company has more than $10 billion in assets under management and development in the Washington, DC area. Since 1960, JBG has been active in the communities where it invests, striving to make a positive impact. More information can be found by visiting the company's website: www.JBG.com, or by calling 240.333.3600.

Twinbrook Neighborhood Wins County Recognition for Beautification

Cambridge Walk II Earns Award of Excellence for the Third Time

Rockville, MD – For the third consecutive year, the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful program has bestowed its award of excellence on a neighborhood in Twinbrook, honoring the Cambridge Walk II Homeowners Association for the imaginative and careful maintenance of its property.

“Our neighborhood works hard to remain green and sustainable while emphasizing our ‘curb appeal’ to the larger community,” said Joseph McClane, a representative of Cambridge Walk II Homeowners Association. “We are very pleased that Montgomery County has honored us with their award of excellence for three consecutive years.”

Cambridge Walk II Homeowners Association is an active member of the Twinbrook Partnership, a group of stakeholders working together for the betterment of the Twinbrook area. The Partnership is working to combine new apartments, offices and shops with existing neighborhoods and institutions.  

Members of the Twinbrook Partnership include the Cambridge Walk II Home Owners Association, James G. Davis Construction, The JBG Companies, Twinbrook Partners and U.S. Pharmacopeia. Privately managed, the Partnership operates independently and is enlisting additional members.

Under the direction of the Twinbrook Partnership, a new art exhibition gallery, a weekly farmers market, daily food trucks, annual stream cleanups and an emphasis on bicycling are enlivening the district, while new office, shopping, dining, and apartment buildings emerge.

With Rock Creek Park less than a mile from the Metro station, the Partnership is working to make the streets more pedestrian and bike-friendly. A new hiker-biker path is planned to connect the Twinbrook Metro station to hiker-biker paths in Rock Creek Park. Along with the new street banners, wider sidewalks and brick-paved roads are also planned to help designate Twinbrook as a defined district.


About the Twinbrook Partnership

The Twinbrook Partnership is a private neighborhood and business alliance that promotes the growing Twinbrook community in Rockville. Branded “Urban by Nature” for its proximity to Rock Creek Park and Rockville Pike, the Partnership collaborates with the community on environmental programs, the arts, biking initiatives, a farmers market, charitable efforts and more. Members include The JBG Companies, Cambridge Walk II Home Owners Association, James G. Davis Construction, Twinbrook Partners and The United States Pharmacopeia.

 

WMATA to Open New Parking Structure, Advance Transit-oriented Development

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) plans to open a new 426-space parking garage at Twinbrook Station on Oct. 7.

Built by JBG as part of a joint development project, the new Metro West Garage will replace parking for an existing surface lot that will be used for retail, residential and office space, WMATA officials said in a press release.

"We also look forward to the future phases of the mixed-use, transit-oriented development that is coming to  the Twinbrook Station, which when complete will further improve mobility and connect communities in Montgomery County," said Patrick Schmitt, WMATA's director of parking.

Construction began earlier this week on the second phase of the joint development project, which will include 206 apartments and 33,000 square feet of retail shops.

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Twinbrook Partnership Raising Visibility of Twinbrook

New Activities, Street Signs and Theme Energize Area

Rockville, Maryland (September 30, 2013) – Brightly colored street banners designating Twinbrook as “Urban by Nature” signal a new identity for the oft-overlooked community in the heart of Montgomery County which, as the name suggests, enjoys the urban benefits of the Metro and a growing employment center alongside a stretch of Rock Creek Park and its natural environment.

The Twinbrook Partnership, a private neighborhood and business alliance, promotes the growing Twinbrook community. To date, the Partnership has established a new art gallery, a weekly farmers market, daily food trucks and annual stream cleanups in Twinbrook while new office, shopping, dining, and apartment buildings are emerging.

“Twinbrook is well positioned for a dynamic and sustainable future,” said Ashley Lambdin, Director of the Twinbrook Partnership. “The area has long-established neighborhoods wrapped around a major employment center of 16,000 workers that is directly served by Metro’s Red Line. That’s an enviable combination from any perspective.”

The JBG Companies broke ground today on two multi-family developments with more than 500 units and fresh retail on either side of Twinbrook Metro. Another developer, Twinbrook Partners, is poised to start a new multifaceted project on the west side of the station, just north of the Rockville Hilton.

“The Partnership’s ‘Urban by Nature’ theme recognizes the existing attributes and qualities that form the foundation for redefining this inner suburb,” said Rod Lawrence, a partner at The JBG Companies. “We are working together with the community to build on its past to deliver an even more successful and sustainable future.”

In addition to The JBG Companies, members of the Twinbrook Partnership include the Cambridge Walk II Home Owners Association, James G. Davis Construction, Twinbrook Partners and U.S. Pharmacopeia. Privately managed, the Partnership operates independently and is enlisting additional members.

With Rock Creek Park less than a mile from the Metro station, the Partnership is working to make the streets more pedestrian and bike-friendly. A new hiker-biker path is planned to connect the Twinbrook Metro station to hiker-biker paths in Rock Creek Park. Along with the new street banners, wider sidewalks and brick-paved roads are also planned to help designate Twinbrook as a defined district.

Already, community residents, local workers and corporate partner, including outdoor retailer REI, staged weekend clean-ups of Rock Creek Park and a street fair during Earth Week. The Partnership also hosted a Bike to Work Day pit-stop, which attracted 100 cycling commuters, and the group will continue such initiatives. The City of Rockville, which includes a portion of Twinbrook, is also considering bringing outdoor events to the community.

To learn more or sign up for updates, go to www.TwinbrookUrbanByNature.com.

JBG Starts Construction on “Two for Twinbrook”

Emerging Area Capitalizing on Location, Transit

Rockville, Maryland (September 30, 2013) — The transformation of Twinbrook took two big steps forward today with the groundbreaking of two mixed-used developments on either side of the Metro station, marrying new development with existing infrastructure.

Galvan and The Terano combine more than 500 residential units and more than 130,000 square feet of retail space, enhancing the growing transit-oriented Twinbrook community. Montgomery County and City of Rockville officials joined The JBG Companies and representatives of Safeway, for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the next phase in Twinbrook’s ongoing transformation.

“Twinbrook is an established and growing hub important to the future of both Rockville and Montgomery County,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “I salute The JBG Companies for recognizing the untapped potential around the Twinbrook Metro station and applying its expertise and creativity to bring new vitality to this community.”

On the west side of Metro next to the Rockville Hilton, Galvan will feature 356 apartments, 15 percent of which will be dedicated as affordable, paired with 100,000 square feet of street-level retail, including a 63,000 square-foot flagship Safeway. Other retailers will include an Ethan Allen Design Center along with restaurants and cafés with sidewalk seating. Galvan is expected to deliver in 2015.

On the east side of Metro, The Terano will offer 206 apartments, 15 percent dedicated as affordable, and 33,000 square feet of street-level retail. The Terano will include popular retailer Revolution Cycles and a bicycle maintenance center for residents. The Terano is adjacent to The Alaire, JBG’s first mixed-use community in Twinbrook which opened in 2010. The Terano is a joint venture project with the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority.

“Few communities in the Washington area have the nucleus to build on that Twinbrook does and these projects represent a major step towards improving the walkability of the neighborhood,” said Rod Lawrence, a partner at The JBG Companies. “JBG’s strategy is to bring a better balance of residential and retail to the immediate community and to the daytime workforce, while concentrating new, sustainable development close to the Metro.”

The Terano and Galvan are part of JBG’s 30-acre, neighborhood-level development strategy surrounding the Twinbrook Metro station. When complete, it will comprise about three million square feet of mixed-used space. JBG’s development plan earned LEED Gold Certification for Neighborhood Development from the U.S. Green Building Council for combining principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the overall design of the entire neighborhood. It was the first LEED-ND property in the Washington region and a model for the country.

The Terano was designed by The Preston Partnership, a prominent architectural firm with offices in Atlanta and Tysons Corner. Hord Coplan Macht, Inc., a versatile Baltimore-based firm, designed Galvan. Rockville-based James G. Davis Construction Corporation is the contractor for both developments.

JBG is also working on two federal lease projects in Twinbrook: the renovation of 5600 Fishers Lane for the Department of Health and Human Services and a new building for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also on Fishers Lane. The two developments will create new, highly efficient workspaces for 6,000 federal employees and will deliver in 2014.

To learn more about Galvan, visit www.getgalvan.com. To learn more about The Terano, visit www.liveattheterano.com.

About The JBG Companies
Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., The JBG Companies is a private real estate development firm that develops, owns and manages office, residential, hotel and retail properties. The company has more than $10 billion in assets under management and development in the Washington, DC area. Since 1960, JBG has been active in the communities where it invests, striving to make a positive impact. More information can be found by visiting the company's website: www.JBG.com, or by calling 240.333.3600.

About James G. Davis Construction Corporation
Founded in 1966, James G. Davis Construction Corporation serves as a general contractor, construction manager, and design-build partner for base buildings, renovations, sustainable and interior construction in the Washington D.C. area. Consistently ranked as an industry leader both nationally and locally, DAVIS was most recently recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the areas “Best Places to Work” for the fifth year. For more information, please visit www.davisconstruction.com.

About Hord Coplan Macht
Hord Coplan Macht offers architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design. The firm practices an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach through shared experiences and strives for design excellence with environmental sensitivity. Its resume is broad, with specialties in multifamily, healthcare, and education. For more information, please visit www.HCM2.com.

About The Preston Partnership
The Preston Partnership was founded in 1995 with a focus on architecture and design, combined with an absolute commitment to service. Today, the firm has between fifty and one hundred design professionals with a multi-disciplinary approach, including architecture, interior design and landscape architecture. For more information, visit www.theprestonpartnership.com.

Hiking and Biking Trail Planned for Twinbrook Area

Mapping the trail took cooperation from public and private landowners

by Elizabeth Waibel Staff writer

A hiking and biking trail planned to run through the Twinbrook area south of Rockville looks like it will finally become a reality.
The county’s Twinbrook sector plan recommended a shared-use path connecting Rock Creek Regional Park to Veirs Mill Road, and JBG Cos. agreed to build the small section of the approximately 4,750-foot paved trail that is planned to run through its property at 5601 Fishers Lane. But working out the details of getting from point A to point B took a while.

One end of the trail is planned to connect with Rock Creek Regional Park, so planners had to work out the alignment on that end. Parklawn Cemetery between the park and JBG’s property did not want the trail going through its property, planners said, so they had to work around that. They also had to consider the environmental impact of the trail on natural features such as a stream, wetlands and areas susceptible to erosion.

Now, after two years of planning and re-planning, the public and private entities involved have finally figured out the best place to put the trail, and JBG can get to work on the final engineering plans and permits it needs for its part.

“There have been a handful of alignments that have been explored, and I believe we are now on a final alignment that has been agreed upon by everyone,” said Patrick Butler, a senior planner with the Montgomery County Planning Department. Butler spoke at a Thursday meeting of the county Planning Board.
Commissioner Casey Anderson said he was sorry it took so long to get people to agree on the trail’s alignment, particularly since JBG had said it wanted to build the trail.

“I feel terrible about the way this transpired, because it’s an example of (how) no good deed goes unpunished,” he said.

Thursday afternoon, the county Planning Board gave JBG three years to build its portion of the trail, although Butler said staff do not expect construction to take that long.

Representatives for JBG were unavailable for comment by press time.

Twinbrook “Pit Stop” Attracts Cyclists

Twinbrook “Pit Stop” Attracts Cyclists  
Bike to Work Day Scores Big with Inaugural Event

Rockville, Maryland (May 17, 2013) – More than 100 cyclists cruised into Twinbrook today, taking advantage of perfect spring weather and marking the community’s first Bike to Work day. The Twinbrook stop on Fishers Lane was one of many such destinations located across the Washington region, which attracted an estimated 12,000 rolling visitors demonstrating the possibilities of cycling to work.

Cyclists stopping at the Twinbrook pit stop today were treated to free tee shirts, photos, refreshments and lively music from a deejay. With a concentrated workforce of 16,000, many of whom use Metro or other modes of transportation, the Bike to Work Day location was greeted enthusiastically by more than 100 cyclists.

The Bike to Work Day pit stop was hosted by the Twinbrook Partnership, a new group of neighbors and private companies which is collaborating to attract amenities that complement existing neighborhoods and new apartments and retail. The private firms have significant interests in Twinbrook, and some are developing new, mixed-use projects on both the east and west sides of the Metro station, with the encouragement of local officials.

“We are thrilled to host this event and see such enthusiasm for the possibilities of more bicycle-friendly facilities and opportunities,” said Ashley Lambdin, Director of the Twinbrook Partnership. “Twinbrook is so well-located with transit and good roads that bicycling should be encouraged and supported for its obvious commuting and health benefits.”

Lambdin said the Partnership gave away tee shirts, bottled water, coffee, protein bars and crepes from the Holy Crepe food truck. DJ “Ghost” entertained with lively music and the Pilates Center of Rockville demonstrated balance and strength techniques. Cyclists also signed up for a raffle of REI gift cards and bicycle handlebar smart phone holders.

The Twinbrook district is revitalizing itself with the community partnership and a new brand, “urban by nature,” which signifies its location between busy Rockville Pike and tranquil Rock Creek Park. The partnership has just started a weekday farmers market and food truck gathering, and spent a Saturday in April cleaning litter in Rock Creek Park. The members will also work to make the streets more pedestrian and bike-friendly. A new hiker-biker path is planned to connect the Twinbrook Metro station to hiker-biker paths in Rock Creek Park. New signage, wider sidewalks and brick-paved roads are also planned to help designate Twinbrook as a defined district with a new identity.

The Twinbrook Partnership includes the Cambridge Walk Home Owners Association, James G. Davis Construction, The JBG Companies, Twinbrook Partners and The United States Pharmacopeia. Privately managed, the Partnership will operate independently and enlist additional members.

To sign up or learn more, go to www.twinbrookurbanbynature.com

New Partnership to Boost Twinbrook

New Partnership to Boost Twinbrook

May 17, 2013

New organization to raise visibility of “urban by nature” Twinbrook Bracketed by verdant Rock Creek Park and busy Rockville Pike, the Twinbrook district in Montgomery County, Maryland is re-inventing itself with a community partnership and a creative new brand, Urban by Nature. “Urban by nature” signifies Twinbrook’s commercial character as well as its close connection to the natural environment of Rock Creek Park. Metro’s Red Line bisects the area and carries thousands of workers to nearby private and federal offices while Rock Creek is close by. The towering U.S. Health and Human Services headquarters, currently being renovated, dominates the skyline but new apartments, shops and offices have opened and more are planned. “Twinbrook is fortunate to have very good bones,” said Ashley Lambdin, Director of the Twinbrook Partnership. “The area is one of long-established neighborhoods wrapped around a major employment center of 16,000 people that’s centered on a Metro transit stop. That’s an enviable combination from any perspective. ”Members of the new – and growing – Twinbrook Partnership include the Cambridge Walk Home Owners Association, James G. Davis Construction, The JBG Companies, Twinbrook Partners and The United States Pharmacopeia. The private firms have significant interests in Twinbrook, and some are developing new, mixed-use projects on both the east and west sides of the Metro station, with the encouragement of local officials. Privately managed, the Partnership will operate independently and enlist additional members. In recent months, community residents, local workers and corporate employees, including outdoor retailer REI, have staged weekend clean-ups of Rock Creek Park and a street fair during Earth Week. The Partnership will continue those initiatives, and sponsor a weekday farmers market on Fishers Lane, food truck gatherings and host a Bike-to-Work Day “pit stop” May 17, which has already attracted more than 60 cycling commuters. (To sign up or learn more, go to www.twinbrookurbanbynature.com).The City of Rockville, which includes a portion of Twinbrook, is also considering bringing outdoor events to the community later this year. With Rock Creek Park less than a mile from the Metro station, the Partnership will work to make the streets more pedestrian and bike-friendly. A new hiker-biker path is planned to connect the Twinbrook Metro station to hiker-biker paths in Rock Creek Park. New signage, wider sidewalks and brick-paved roads are also planned to help designate Twinbrook as a defined district with a new identity.

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Community, Companies Form Twinbrook Partnership
New organization to raise visibility of “urban by nature” Twinbrook

Rockville, Maryland (May 16, 2013) – Bracketed by verdant Rock Creek Park and busy Rockville Pike, the Twinbrook district in Montgomery County, Maryland is re-inventing itself with a community partnership and a creative new brand, Urban by Nature.

“Urban by nature” signifies Twinbrook’s commercial character as well as its close connection to the natural environment of Rock Creek Park. Metro’s Red Line bisects the area and carries thousands of workers to nearby private and federal offices while Rock Creek is close by. The towering U.S. Health and Human Services headquarters, currently being renovated, dominates the skyline but new apartments, shops and offices have opened and more are planned.

“Twinbrook is fortunate to have very good bones,” said Ashley Lambdin, Director of the Twinbrook Partnership. “The area is one of long-established neighborhoods wrapped around a major employment center of 16,000 people that’s centered on a Metro transit stop. That’s an enviable combination from any perspective.”

Members of the new – and growing – Twinbrook Partnership include the Cambridge Walk Home Owners Association, James G. Davis Construction, The JBG Companies, Twinbrook Partners and The United States Pharmacopeia. The private firms have significant interests in Twinbrook, and some are developing new, mixed-use projects on both the east and west sides of the Metro station, with the encouragement of local officials. Privately managed, the Partnership will operate independently and enlist additional members.

In recent months, community residents, local workers and corporate employees, including outdoor retailer REI, have staged weekend clean-ups of Rock Creek Park and a street fair during Earth Week. The Partnership will continue those initiatives, and sponsor a weekday farmers market on Fishers Lane, food truck gatherings and host a Bike-to-Work Day “pit stop” May 17, which has already attracted more than 60 cycling commuters. (To sign up or learn more, go to www.twinbrookurbanbynature.com).

The City of Rockville, which includes a portion of Twinbrook, is also considering bringing outdoor events to the community later this year.

With Rock Creek Park less than a mile from the Metro station, the Partnership will work to make the streets more pedestrian and bike-friendly. A new hiker-biker path is planned to connect the Twinbrook Metro station to hiker-biker paths in Rock Creek Park. New signage, wider sidewalks and brick-paved roads are also planned to help designate Twinbrook as a defined district with a new identity.

New Farmers Market Opens in Twinbrook May 7

Rockville, Maryland (April 23, 2013) – A weekday farmers market sponsored by The JBG Companies will open in Twinbrook May 7, bringing an array of new fresh food choices to the community and to the many daytime employees that work in the busy area.

First offerings in the market will feature farm fresh fruits and vegetables from Twin Springs Farm, handmade artisan breads from Upper Crust Bakery and traditionally cured meats from MeatCrafters. More farm vendors are expected, along with artists and their wares. The arrival of the farmers market will complement the growing presence of mobile food trucks, which are also adding new food options on weekdays in Twinbrook. Both initiatives result from the desire of Twinbrook residents and area workers for a variety of attractions as new offices and residential options arrive.

“Twinbrook is fortunate to have the bones of strong neighborhoods, good transit, roads and workforce,” said Rod Lawrence of The JBG Companies, a major real estate investment and development firm based in Montgomery County. “If we can contribute to the daily working and living experience here with new food options, that’s an extra dimension that makes Twinbrook an even better community.”  

The new farmers market will be open from 9:30 to 1:30 every Tuesday, May through November in the courtyard between 5625 and 5635 Fishers Lane, just east of the Twinbrook Metro station.

JBG recently hosted a Saturday clean-up of Rock Creek Park at its Twinbrook edge, removing more than 5,000 pounds of debris from the stream bed and hillsides. The company has also scheduled a pit stop on Bike-to-Work Day May 17, at the east end of Fishers Lane. More than 60 people have already signed up for that event and more are welcome by registering at www.twinbrookurbanbynature.com.

About The JBG Companies
Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, The JBG Companies is a private real estate investment firm that develops, owns and manages office, residential, hotel and retail properties. The company has more than $10 billion in assets under management and development in the Washington Metropolitan area. Since 1960, JBG has been active in the communities where it invests, striving to make a positive impact. More information can be found by visiting the company’s website: www.JBG.com, or by calling 240-333-3600.

Twinbrook Office Park Touted as Food Truck Model for County

by Elizabeth Waibel Staff writer

Pulled pork, dry-rub ribs and a side of coleslaw — right outside the office door. Some food trucks hope to attract customers in Montgomery County by making walking to lunch easier for even the most suburban of office parks. David “Curley” Cornblatt owns Curley’s Q, a Montgomery-based barbecue food truck and catering business. He also runs the Montgomery County Food Truck Association, a group of food truck owners who work together to promote and support each other. One of Cornblatt’s latest projects is a partnership with The JBG Cos., which owns several office buildings on Fishers Lane in the Twinbrook area of Rockville. His hope is to soon bring a group of food trucks to the area, which is short on restaurants, on a regular basis. “(The goal is) to keep that space exciting, new and fresh, as well as helping the Montgomery County food trucks out,” he said. Food trucks can make the area more vibrant and add amenities for building tenants, Cornblatt said.

Rod Lawrence, a partner at JBG, said several food trucks were already showing up along Fishers Lane, but JBG is working with the food truck association to get a few more trucks there on a regular basis. “The idea is to make it more consistent so people know who’s going to be out there on any given day,” Lawrence said. While there are still a few kinks to work out, the partnership could eventually bring groups of food trucks to other areas of the county.“We’re trying to use Twinbrook as a prototype,” Lawrence said. One of the reasons for focusing on Fishers Lane right now, Lawrence said, is that the area is home to a lot of government office buildings without many restaurants or retail stores on the first floors because of security requirements. JBG would like to see more restaurants in the area, he said — maybe even a few that got their start as food trucks. “In an area that has limited retail opportunities ... it seems like a good opportunity for these people to come in and see how strong this location is,” he said.Of the few brick-and-mortar restaurants nearby, Lawrence said he doesn’t want food trucks to draw away their customers.“We want to be sensitive that we don’t take away from their business,” he said.

Cornblatt said the association tries to help food trucks get along with their stationary neighbors.“We want to make sure that we’re not an eyesore and we’re not a problem,” he said. Trucks should not pull in front of competing restaurants, Cornblatt said, but could hand out drink coupons or do other promotions to support restaurants in the neighborhoods they serve.“We don’t want to hurt anybody (and) we don’t want to take away from anybody,” he said. “Hopefully, we can use the food trucks to bring people to our friends and even to competing restaurants.”

 

ewaibel@gazette.net

New JBG Residential, Retail Secures Rockville Approval

Chevy Chase, MD – (April 23, 2012) A planned residential and retail project being developed by The JBG Companies has gained approval from the City of Rockville and is one step closer to anchoring the west side of the Twinbrook Metro Station with an exciting mix of retail and residential uses.

JBG will ultimately transform 1800 Rockville Pike from a one and two-story retail center surrounded by surface parking into a sustainable, transit-oriented project comprised of 356 apartments, above a 62,000 square foot Safeway grocery store, restaurants with outdoor seating, and neighborhood retail.

Designed by noted architectural firm Hord Coplan Macht, the development has already been recognized by the Washington Smart Growth Alliance for its environmentally responsible design. The pedestrian-friendly project will be located within 500 feet of the Twinbrook Metro and, with two levels of below-grade parking, will also be convenient for residents and shoppers who own cars.

Safeway will occupy approximately 60 percent of the nearly 100,000 square feet of retail space. The grocery will be similar to new Safeway stores in Georgetown, CityVista and Olney, and is anticipated to include a Starbucks, Bergman’s Dry Cleaners, full-service seafood and meat, a pharmacy, deli bakery and florist.

1800 Rockville Pike is the first project to be approved in Twinbrook under Rockville’s new Mixed-Use Transit District zoning guidelines and will continue to help transform the area into a walkable neighborhood. JBG has an active presence in the area, having recently completed The Alaire at Twinbrook Station, and with its continuing construction and renovation on Fishers Lane for the new NIAID and HHS headquarters

Volunteers help JBG clean up Rock Creek Park in Twinbrook

Rockville, Md. (April 14, 2012) — More than 100 bags of trash and a ton of other debris were removed from Rock Creek Park in Rockville’s Twinbrook area today as part of the Fourth Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup. The JBG Companies sponsored the Twinbrook location, which was one of 65 in the Rock Creek Conservancy’s annual event.

More than 60 volunteers joined the JBG team for the cleanup, which was conducted in a wooded area off Fishers Lane, near JBG’s Twinbrook Station mixed-use development and its Health and Human Services campus.

“JBG has a firm commitment to giving back to the communities in which we do business,” said Rod Lawrence, a JBG principal. “Today we had the opportunity to not only contribute, but to work alongside the Twinbrook community as the country kicks off Earth Week.”

The Twinbrook area has a unique juxtaposition of nature and commerce that JBG is working to enhance. “Organizing the Rock Creek cleanup with the Conservancy was a natural extension of that goal and serves the Twinbrook community—in addition to the entire Potomac River watershed,” Lawrence said.

“Our Extreme Cleanup is conducted as part of the annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup Day organized by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, which has been at it for 24 years,” said Beth Mullin, executive director of Rock Creek Conservancy. “This is our fourth Extreme Cleanup, and having partners like The JBG Companies participate and support our effort is invaluable to the work we do and the success of the event.”

An estimated 2,000 volunteers participated the Extreme Cleanup region-wide, said Braeden Bumpers, of the Rock Creek Conservancy. “This could be our most successful yet,” he said, adding that the Twinbrook totals of trash and junk removed from the park were significant and could lead the day’s efforts.

Gail Becker, who works at the Food and Drug Administration near the Twinbrook cleanup site, was one of Saturday’s volunteers. “It really was a great event, and I feel good, too, because I did something for the environment,” she said after four hours of hard work.

Rosalie LaMonica, director of development with the Alice Ferguson Foundation, joined the Twinbrook cleanup. Watching the dozens of volunteers deep along a trail in the park, working together to haul away bags of trash and truck loads of junk, she said the JBG effort was impressive.

“It really is wonderful that they’ve created this opportunity for their employees, and so many others, to contribute,” LaMonica said. “They really are being a good corporate citizen.”

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About The JBG Companies
Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, The JBG Companies is an active developer, owner and operator of office, residential, hotel and retail properties with more than $10 billion in assets under management and development. Founded in 1960, JBG has established a reputation as one of the leading real estate companies in the Washington metropolitan area.  More information can be found by visiting the company's Web site: www.JBG.com, or by calling 240.333.3600.

Top Officials Salute Start of New NIH Facility near Twinbrook Metro

Rockville, Maryland (December 7, 2011) – Federal and local officials wielded shovels today to signal the start of construction of a new National Institutes of Health-leased facility in the emerging, transit-friendly Twinbrook neighborhood of Montgomery County. The JBG Companies is building a new home for 2,000 employees of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

“We could not have a better neighbor than the National Institutes of Health and its many fine employees,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett at the official ceremonies. “We sincerely appreciate the valuable contributions NIH and NIAID make to our local community but also to the larger world of health and science. Your presence here and your performance everywhere are unparalleled.”

Joining Leggett at the groundbreaking event were other local, state and federal officials, including top administrators from GSA, NIH and NIAID.

“As we answer the call to consolidate research and research training programs directed at improving the methods for diagnosing, treating, and preventing immunologic and infectious diseases, this new facility represents the finest - the ’best and the brightest' - of this country's specialists, developers, and builders, said Julia E. Hudson, GSA NCR Regional Administrator. “Our GSA team worked closely with the JBG Companies to form a collective partnership that provided an amazing opportunity to showcase and reinforce the protection of the citizens of our country from the burdens of illness and disability."

The new building at 5601 Fishers Lane in Twinbrook will complement existing bioscience facilities nearby, which includes NIAID’s 150,000 square feet of laboratories already in the neighborhood. The new offices will total 490,998 square feet in a 10-story building with two wings of 25,000 square feet each. The installation will feature an atrium entry lobby, a precast and glass exterior and will be certified LEED Silver. NIAID signed a 15-year lease for its new quarters, which are expected to be completed in 2014.

"This project provides an excellent example of the efforts GSA is making to provide our customers with top quality work space that is a good neighbor to its surrounding area and enhances environmental quality," said Thomas E. James, GSA Deputy Regional Commissioner for the Public Buildings Service.  "This facility will be an integral part of a mixed use development that encourages residents, shoppers and workers alike to use the Metro transit system."

In conjunction with this development, The JBG Companies will construct a new hiker/biker path which will connect the Twinbrook Metro Station to the wide network of trails in Rock Creek Park and beyond.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to build a new home for NIAID, and to expand its presence in the Twinbrook community,” said Rodney A. Lawrence, a partner with JBG who led the ceremonies. “JBG has invested in the Twinbrook area for more than 20 years and, in conjunction with our other holdings there, particularly Twinbrook Station, it has become a great neighborhood where you can live, shop, and work.” Lawrence said that the new NIAID complex was designed by Washington architect HOK. Rockville’s James G. Davis Construction Corporation is the general contractor.

As an active owner in Twinbrook, JBG has already developed several office and biotech buildings totaling nearly 1 million square feet. In 2010, it opened The Alaire at Twinbrook Station, an apartment and retail community close to Metro and has fully leased all 279 apartments there. The company also refurbished an industrial building nearby, giving it new life as The Element, an attractive, LEED Gold certified office building fully leased to the FDA. JBG’s 26-acre Twinbrook Station (www.TwinbrookStation.com) is a new community of offices, residences, shopping, parks and plazas that JBG is designing and developing on both sides of the Metro line. The dense mix of uses that is emerging is expected to reduce the area’s vehicle miles traveled by making public transportation more accessible and more attractive.

About the U.S. General Services Administration

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) provides a full range of real estate services for federal government agencies. These include real estate acquisition and disposal, property management, construction and repairs, security services, information technology, telecommunications services, and overall portfolio management. In the agency’s National Capital Region (NCR), the real estate portfolio consists of 99 million rentable square feet, comprising 55 million rentable square feet of leased space and 44 million rentable square feet of owned space in Washington, DC, and the surrounding metropolitan area. Each year, NCR collects more than $2.5 billion in rent payments from its tenants, and has capital projects currently underway that exceed $4 billion in total value. Contact: Edythe Challenger 202.708.6770, Edythe.Challenger@GSA.gov.

About The JBG Companies

Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, The JBG Companies is an active developer, owner and operator of office, residential, hotel and retail properties with more than $10 billion in assets under management and development. JBG has established a reputation as a leading real estate investor and developer in the Washington metropolitan area. Founded in 1960, The JBG Companies recently marked half a century of business success and charitable involvement in the greater Washington community. More information can be found by visiting the company's website: www.JBG.com, or by calling 240.333.3600.

About HOK

HOK is a global architectural firm that specializes in planning, design and delivery solutions for buildings and communities. Through its collaborative network of 23 offices worldwide, the firm serves diverse clients within the corporate, commercial, public and institutional markets. Founded in 1955, the firm's expertise includes architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, sustainable consulting, lighting, graphics, facilities planning and assessment, and construction services. Contact: Amber Majid, 202.944.1410, amber.majid@hok.com.

About James G. Davis Construction Corporation

Founded in 1966, James G. Davis Construction Corporation serves as a general contractor, construction manager, and design-build partner for base buildings, renovations, sustainable and interior construction in the Washington D.C. area. Consistently ranked as an industry leader both nationally and locally, DAVIS was most recently recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the areas “Best Places to Work” for the fifth year. Contact: Erin Fitzgerald, 301.881.2990, efitzgerald@davisconstruction.com. For more information, please visit www.davisconstruction.com.

Chevy Chase Developer Receives Governor’s Smart, Green and Growing Award for Twinbrook Station

HANOVER, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that The JBG Companies of Chevy Chase, Maryland, has been awarded the Governor’s 2011 Smart, Green & Growing Award in recognition and appreciation of the developer’s effective planning, design and construction of Twinbrook Station.  Twinbrook Station is a joint Transit-Oriented Development of The JBG Companies and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).  At full build out, it will transform more than 26 acres of existing commuter parking lots into a vibrant 2.2 million-square-foot, vibrant mixed?use community on the Red Line in Rockville, Maryland.

“To create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments. We are pleased to honor The JBG Companies of Chevy Chase with this year’s Smart, Green & Growing Award for their commitment to creating sustainable developments that connect our communities,” said Governor O’Malley. “Twinbrook Station is a great example of Transit-Oriented Development that creates jobs and helps us grow in smarter, more sustainable ways so that together, we can leave our children a better future.”

Governor O’Malley has made Transit-Oriented Developments a top priority because they bring together a mix of retail, residential, office and entertainment space next to established transit stations.  The result is that Maryland revitalizes existing communities, increases transit ridership and channels expected growth toward areas where walkable, sustainable communities are planned.  In June 2010, Governor O’Malley identified Twinbrook Station as one of 14 designated Transit-Oriented Development projects in Maryland to receive priority development focus.  WMATA promotes this type of smart development on its station properties to increase access to the Metrorail system and to create revenue streams that benefit the system.

"Transit oriented development is the Phi Beta Kappa of smart growth and Metro is proud to be the nation's leading public developer of these communities, in partnership with fine private developers like JBG," said Steve Goldin, Metro's Director of Real Estate.

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Director of Real Estate Andrew J. Scott Sunday presented the Smart, Green and Growing Award to Tony Greenberg, Vice President of The JBG Companies, during the Rail~Volution Conference tour of Twinbrook Station in Rockville.  Started by leaders with a vision for using transit to promote smarter growth, Rail~Volution is now a nationally known conference on livable communities. This year’s Rail~Volution is being held in Washington, D.C.

"This award recognizes JBG's efforts to anchor the sprawling and disconnected retail, office and residential areas that currently surround the Metro station," said Tony Greenberg, JBG Vice President and project manager for Twinbrook Station. "We believe we are in sync with Maryland's initiative to merge living, shopping and working near transit centers to help reduce the area's vehicle miles traveled and by making public transportation more accessible and more attractive."

The Governor’s Smart, Green and Growing Award is given to localities, projects, individuals and groups that demonstrate Smart Growth in practice.  Governor O’Malley’s Smart, Green and Growing Award Program was established to recognize and to promote local governments and groups that are leading by example, by creating projects or programs that improve the communities and community design and that exemplify Smart Growth principles.

The benefits of Twinbrook Station’s connectivity and accessibility are reinforced by the project’s assortment of uses. When completed, Twinbrook Station will have a 325,000 square foot Class A office building; 1,595 multifamily units; 220,000 square feet of street front retail space; and acres of public open space with multiple parks and courtyards.   In addition to strategies implemented during the design and construction phase, Twinbrook Station will adhere to strict operational policies to ensure the Transit-Oriented Development functions as effectively as possible.

In fact, the development will encourage people to use public transportation through a number of efforts including: shared parking, a transit resource center, an on?site transit coordinator, real-time transit information, Zipcars and distribution of cycling and transit-related information to residents and employees.  Twinbrook Station's first residential and retail phase, The Alaire, has already been completed and residents and shoppers now enjoy a short walk to the Twinbrook Metro station.

MDOT is committed to a more sustainable transportation network by linking: community revitalization, transportation improvements, economic development, smart growth and environmentally friendly travel options.  MDOT collaborates closely with several State and local entities and WMATA on projects to help restore the Bay, preserve land, revitalize communities, create green jobs, improve transit, conserve energy and address climate change.  This award is intended to help recognize and encourage innovation in transportation and to highlight the importance in realizing Governor O’Malley’s vision of a Smart, Green and Growing future for Maryland.

NIAID Adds to the Mix in Twinbrook

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will bring a projected 2,000 workers to a new 491,000-square-foot building on Fishers Lane in Twinbrook, under a lease signed by the U.S. General Services Administration.

For some, the lease, announced last month, represents a boon to Twinbrook, which has been gaining federal tenants in fits and stops over the past few months.

“I think it’s very good for the neighborhood,” said Joe McClane, president of the Cambridge Walk II Homeowners Association in Twinbrook.

Chevy Chase-based JBG Companies will construct and lease the 10-story office at 5601 Fishers Lane, near where NIAID already has 150,000 square feet of laboratory space.

The NIAID building will back onto the Parklawn Memorial Park and Menorah Gardens and will be adjacent the Parklawn Building, where the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a new 15-year lease earlier this year.

JBG pledged to invest $270 million to renovate 932,391 square feet of office space in the Parklawn Building so that HHS can consolidate four offices there.

But those plans are on hold after three developers seeking to attract HHS to separate sites in Prince George’s County and King Farm in Rockville appealed the award.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled in June that the U.S. General Services Administration had improperly evaluated the offers, the Washington Business Journal reported. The GSA is now re-evaluating the offers.

McClane said that he is glad that JBG is so invested in the area. He’s also pleased that the project will bring jobs and development to an area southwest of Twinbrook Parkway that he called a “wasteland” of parking lots and small businesses.

“All of their Twinbrook Station stuff is dependent on this,” McClane said.

In a news release announcing the NIAID deal, Rod Lawrence, a partner with JBG, connected the lease to the company's development of offices, retail and housing known as Twinbrook Station.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to build a new home for NIAID, and to expand their presence in the Twinbrook community,” Lawrence said in a statement. “JBG has invested in the Twinbrook area for over 20 years and, in conjunction with our other holdings there, particularly Twinbrook Station, it has become a great neighborhood where you can live, shop, and work.”

The GSA signed a 15-year lease to move NIAID, part of the National Institutes of Health, from Bethesda to Twinbrook upon the building’s completion, which is scheduled for 2014.

The rent will be about $29.25 per square foot, an amount the Washington Business Journal called “eye poppingly low.”

JBG also will construct a hiker-biker trail linking to the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail as part of the project.

JBG has built several office and biotech buildings totaling nearly 1 million square feet both inside and outside the city limits in Twinbrook.

The development began to grow up around the Metro station last year with the opening of The Alaire at Twinbrook Station. All 279 of The Alaire’s apartments are leased, according to JBG.

Other JBG properties include The Element 12420, an industrial structure on Parklawn Drive converted into a 93,000-square-foot LEED Gold certified office building and leased last year to the Food and Drug Administration.

“It’s classic Smart Growth,” McClane said of the development. JBG’s extensive property ownership is good for Twinbrook, he said.

“They’re not going to building something cheap because they want to bolster their properties,” he said.

Other Twinbrook residents aren’t so sure that all the development is a good thing. Robert Bruiner recently told The Gazette that developers should address traffic congestion before adding to the neighborhood’s density.


Author
    Sean Sedam

Publication
    Rockville Patch

State-of-the-Art Maryland Headquarters Facility Earns USP

State-of-the-Art Maryland Headquarters Facility Earns USP
2010 Peerless Rockville Preservation Award

Building Houses 20,000 Square Feet of Lab Space and Conference Center that Convenes Scientists, Government Representatives from Around the World

Rockville, Md., October 15, 2010 — The state-of-the-art headquarters of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)—a nonprofit public health organization whose work helps ensure the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients in the United States and worldwide—has been awarded the 2010 Preservation Award for New Construction and Design by Peerless Rockville. Peerless Rockville is a community-based organization founded in 1974 to preserve buildings, objects and information important to Rockville, Maryland’s heritage.

The Peerless Awards program honors individuals, institutions, organizations, and businesses that have made outstanding contributions to Rockville's historic and/or architectural character. At a ceremony last night, Peerless Rockville hosted its 31st Annual Preservation Awards in the Mayor and Council Chambers at Rockville City Hall. Award recipients were recognized in the categories of preservation and restoration, compatible additions, landscape and gardens, new and "green" design and construction, and heritage education, among others.

USP’s Rockville facility features 20,000 square feet of analytical and bioanalytical testing and research laboratory space equipped with cutting-edge technology that supports the scientific work of its staff and volunteers. At this facility, USP develops scientific standards that help ensure the quality of medicines and their ingredients, which are legally recognized in the United States and enforceable by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It develops similar standards for dietary supplements and food ingredients. The new 156,000 square foot headquarters building—which was built around an existing 69,000 square foot building on the corner of Fishers Lane and Twinbrook Parkway, also is home to a contemporary conference center that regularly hosts delegations of leading scientists, regulators and other experts from around the world to exchange expertise and collaborate on critical scientific topics. A large world map etched on the glass exterior of the conference center represents USP’s global presence in the world and its dedication to such international cooperation.

“USP’s headquarters was developed as a building for the 21st century in multiple ways, including its use of technology, environmental friendliness and design,” said Brian Hendrix, chief operating officer of USP. “Its design pays tribute to the rich heritage of USP, a nearly 200-year old organization, and complements the architectural character of the city of Rockville. We are very pleased and honored to be recognized by Peerless Rockville with its 2010 Preservation Award.”

Designed by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, PC, a co-recipient of the award, USP’s headquarters incorporates multiple green efficiencies designed to reduce energy consumption and reduce the organization’s carbon footprint. These include a “green roof,” energy efficient lighting and HVAC that is managed and controlled by a building automation system, use of recycled materials, and building and furniture materials that are consistent with LEED requirements. 

USP paid special attention to the landscaping, streetscaping and hardscaping of the building so that it would present a pleasant and appealing appearance for visitors and residents of the surrounding Rockville area. Sidewalks and driveways were designed to blend in with the existing streetscaping. On the interior of the USP building, an outdoor courtyard was designed to provide space for employees and visitors to enjoy an outdoor setting as well as display the building’s architectural features while occupying the interior of the building. 

For more information, please email mediarelations@usp.org.

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USP – Advancing Public Health Since 1820
The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific, nonprofit, standards-setting organization that advances public health through public standards and related programs that help ensure the quality, safety, and benefit of medicines and foods.  USP’s standards are relied upon and used worldwide.  For more information about USP visit http://www.usp.org.  FY1115

JBG Companies says New Luxury Rental will be Smoke Free

Rockville, Md.–The Alaire at Twinbrook Station, a new development by JBG Cos., will be a smoke-free community. The 279-unit luxury apartment complex is now two months into lease-up, and Anthony Greenberg, a vice-president at JBG, says he is pleased with the results so far.

The Alaire going smoke-free is what he called “a logical step” for the building, because health and sustainability are two focal points of the project.

The apartment complex is located near a transit station, has a large fitness center, and low VOC paints were used in the apartments, Greenberg says.

“We want to promote a healthy climate, inside and out,” Greenberg says. “We saw this as the next thing we could do,” he says, noting that the no-smoking provision is written into the lease.

Many apartment communities do not have no-smoking provisions, and he admitted that the restriction will turn away some prospective tenants. “It can be tough to say no to renters,” he says, but he believes that on balance, the restriction will ultimately attract more tenants than it will lose.

In June, 2008, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, a national group representing all aspects of the building ventilation industry, issued a position paper that determined: “A total ban on indoor smoking is the only effective means of controlling the health risks associated with ETS [environmental tobacco smoke] exposure].”

The Alaire is the first phase of Twinbrook Station, which will house 2.2 million square feet of mixed-use space, and will include 1,595 multifamily residential units. The Alaire, which will have its grand opening on May 15 and 16, includes 279 one-and two-bedroom rental apartments, as well as approximately 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. One-bedroom units start at $1,600 per month, with two bedroom units starting at $2,100.


Author
Eugene Gilligan

Publication
Multi-Housing News Online

LEED Takes it to the Neighborhood

LEED, the building standard that has lightened the footprint of tens of thousands of structures, announced a new standard yesterday that amplifies the idea to neighborhood scale.

The standard has been in the works for years and more than 200 test sites are already built or underway, including the Olympic village that opened in Vancouver this winter. Now any neighborhood or large development is eligible to apply.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards have been widely adopted because they don’t dictate how to build, but assign points for every smart step a project takes. The U.S. Green Building Council, sponsor of LEED, took the same flexible approach in creating the new ND (Neighborhood Development) benchmarks. Certain actions, like avoiding floodplains and cutting energy use, are required, but a builder garners other points by developing walkable streets and bike paths, locating near public transit and schools, orienting buildings to make use of the sun’s heat, or managing wastewater and re-using historic buildings.

At a launch party, the creators of LEED-ND said they hope that the standard gives building developers, not just guidance, but recognition and even profit for doing the right thing. They hoped to close the chapter on sprawl in the world’s suburbs, and develop neighborhoods that are more compact, with work, play and shopping all right nearby.

“We in the environmental movement have been very good at identifying the problem, as with the problems of sprawl. We environmentalists have not been so adept…at identifying solutions. This LEED-ND closes that gap,” said Kaid Benfield, director of smart growth for the Natural Resources Defense Council and co-creator of LEED-ND.

The announcement was made at The Alaire, a LEED-ND project underway in surburban Maryland off Rockville Pike, “a sprawling and segregated office corridor,” as developer Tony Greenberg described it.

The Alaire is an example of what LEED-ND is trying to accomplish. Rising from 26 acres of former parking lots instead of from virgin land, the complex has taken many uncommon measures to reduce its impact and earn more LEED points.

It uses 30 percent less water than other projects of its size, assisted by a stormwater management vault and low-flush toilets in all of its common bathrooms. From a top-floor unit, with its energy-efficient appliances, one looks down on the saline swimming pool and a rooftop garden with three-foot-tall grasses planted in a matrix made from recycled plastic bottles.

But some of the most important innovations are at street level. Every street is connected to every other street – no cul-de-sacs here – which will make the entire two-million-square-foot complex walkable.

On one corner, right next to the curbside solar-powered trash compactor, four storefronts are under construction. They include a nail salon, a Chevy Chase bank, a Subway sandwich joint and a sushi restaurant.

Most important of all, the apartments are adjacent to the Twinbrook commuter rail station. The access to public transit, combined with storefronts and offices dotted throughout, means that people may someday be able to live in the Alaire without ever needing to suffer the congestion of Rockville Pike.

Author
David Ferris

Publication
Matter Network

New JBG Project Hosts National LEED-ND Launch

Twinbrook Station, a new mixed-use, multi-family community in Rockville, Md., was selected to host the USGBC's launch of a new focus on green communities and was cited as a model project under the LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.

THE ALAIRE, ROCKVILLE, MD—Executives of the U.S. Green Building Council and Smart Growth America convened with others today in Rockville and Chicago to announce a new LEED certification program aimed at making green communities a core focus. Twinbrook Station, a new mixed-use, multi-family housing community, hosted the Washington, D.C., launch and was cited as a trend-setting example of a LEED for Neighborhood Development project. A development of The JBG Companies, Twinbrook Station is a 26-acre project next to a stop on the Washington region's subway system that will feature 2.2 million square feet of mixed-use space, including 1,595 multi-family residential units. Under a USGBC pilot program, the project was among the first in the nation to be evaluated for LEED-ND certification, earning the highest gold rating.

Since 2000, USGBC and its supporters have worked one building at a time to transform traditional built environments. "During this time, the green building movement has experienced a surge so great that no longer can we only focus on single buildings," S. Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of USGBC wrote in announcing Thursday's launch. "As humans, we spend more than 80 percent of our time indoors, but spend 100 percent of our time in communities," Fedrizzi said. "Neighborhoods and communities are where our kids go to school. They're where we go to work each morning, and they're the places we come home to each night. … . There is an undeniable connection between accessibility among these important places and our collective environmental and economic well-being.

"That is why I am proud," Fedrizzi continued, "to announce the public launch of our seventh LEED rating system and the first international benchmark for green communities: LEED for Neighborhood Development, which joins a suite of rating systems that has already seen over 5,000 certified commercial and institutional projects, another 5,000 certified homes, over 28,000 project registrations, over 9 billion square feet, and projects across all sectors in over 100 countries."

In evaluating Twinbrook Station for LEED-ND certification, the USGBC noted the project "will connect and anchor the sprawling and segregated retail, office and residential areas that currently surround the Twinbrook Metro station," according to the council's project profile. "The dense mix of uses that will emerge adjacent to the station should help to reduce the area's vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by making public transportation—which provides over 1,000 trips daily to the site—more accessible and more attractive."

The profile also notes that developer JBG has made green building an integral part of Twinbrook Station as 80 percent of the buildings will pursue LEED ratings. In addition, green operations and cleaning plans will be put in place, such as the machine-room less elevators at The Alaire, the 279-unit luxury apartment and retail first phase of Twinbrook Station, which opened last month. And "new buildings will feature energy- and water-efficient design strategies, projected to use 30 percent less water than comparable conventional projects. Waste management and recycling programs throughout the development will further lower its environmental impact," according to USGBC's November 2008 certification plan.

By raising the bar on green building and focusing attention on green communities, USGBC and its partners, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Congress for the New Urbanism, believe they can "bring economically prosperous and environmentally sustainable communities to all within a generation," Fedrizzi said.

Publication
MultiFamilyBiz.com

FDA Likes the New Look

This afternoon, JBG’s Greg Trimmer told us that a combination of familiarity with the market, proximity to the Twinbrook Metro, and price are what sold the FDA the other day on these digs, dubbed Element 12420, on Parklawn Drive in Rockville. The structure will house FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs once it completes interior build-out (now in the design phase) late this year or early ‘11. The building is LEED Gold and offers the opportunity for high ceilings and unique spaces—the “antithesis” of the standard “vanilla” government office space, Greg says. The deal is a 5 and 5 (ie, a 5-year lease with 5-year tenant extension option).

Publication
Real Estate Bisnow

FDA Takes Entire JBG Building in Twinbrook

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has signed a 93,000-square-foot lease in Rockville with The JBG Cos., taking up an entire newly renovated building on Parklawn Drive.

JBG renovated the office and warehouse building, built in the 1960s, on a speculative basis and inked the deal with the FDA March 31.

The agency will move into the project, dubbed Element 12420, by the end of 2010 or early 2011.

The building is one of eight JBG-owned properties near the Twinbrook Metro, including the Twinbrook Station development, which includes 279 apartment units and 15,000 square feet of retail space.

Author
Sarah Krouse

Publication
Washington Business Journal Online

World Class Artists Work Finds Home in New Rockville Development

Completion of the first building in the first phase of the Twinbrook Station development in Rockville was marked Thursday by the installation of two sculptures by a world-renowned artist.

The metal sculptures are part of an ongoing series of sculptures that artist Howard McCalebb has been working on since 2002.

"He really is very squarely in the movement of abstract art in the [19]70s and [19]80s," said Anthony Greenberg, an associate with developer JBG Companies of Chevy Chase. "But his work is still relevant in a contemporary way."

McCalebb's sculptures are made from large steel pieces and weigh approximately 1,000 pounds each. Each piece is unique and only produced once on a particular scale. The red sculpture called "Butterfly" is 10 feet high and the yellow sculpture "Cat's Tail" is 6 feet high. A crane placed the sculptures in designated spots outside the Alaire, a 279-unit apartment complex.

"It's a rare art form," said Christian Siekmeier, owner of Exile, an art gallery in Berlin, Germany, where McCalebb had originally featured his works. "No one's really doing this kind of art right now. It's very bold and graphic. There's a play of color and shape."

McCalebb, 63, is originally from San Jose, Calif. He lives in California and Berlin.

His sculptures have been featured in Germany, China, Poland, Norway, United Arab Emirates and many other global destinations in addition to several galleries and museums in the United States. McCalebb has also taught art at several universities and spent 28 years on the art scene in New York City.

Twinbrook Station is a new mixed-used development adjacent to the Twinbrook Metro Station. JBG, in conjunction with Metro officials, have been working since 2000 to convert the 26-acre site of former warehouses and parking spaces into a residential community and shopping district.

Greenberg said JBG wanted to host "a world-class collection of sculptures that are really relevant and contemporary" for future residents and visitors of Twinbrook.

Greenberg said JBG Companies started the search for artists last summer, and got in contact with Siekmeier and McCalebb through an art curator in New York. A show featuring McCalebb's original metal sculptures and models had just closed at Siekmeier's gallery in Berlin.

"It was very serendipitous," McCalebb said.

JBG commissioned McCalebb to create two outdoor sculptures for the first phase of the Twinbrook Station project.

Greenberg said the total cost for commissioning both sculptures, including costs for engineering, lights, signage, installation, foundation, consulting services and the artwork was $110,000.

During the design stage of the sculptures, McCalebb sketched out models using a technique called the golden principle or rectangle, which involved dividing a rectangle into a square and a smaller rectangle whose sides remain consistently proportional to one another when reshaped.

"With the golden rectangle, I create a matrix and play with it to find different shapes," McCalebb said. "It's very mathematical."

Next, McCalebb created 8-inch-tall miniature models of his sculptures.

"Then they progress through mechanical drawings, and the opportunity arises to make a big one," McCalebb said. "I create a scale that relates to the actual site."

When designing the models, McCalebb took into consideration the site dimensions and surrounding landscape. For instance, the first "Butterfly" sculpture featured in Berlin was yellow and 6 feet tall. But McCalebb redesigned the sculpture so the color and size matched the color and shape of the apartment building.

"Everything should be in proportion relative to the human body and its proper relationship to the buildings," he said. "Everything should be comfortable."

McCalebb and Siekmeier flew from Berlin to view the site and meet the contractors and construction workers in January. Elemental Metalworks in Baltimore took McCalebb's sketches and created and assembled pieces of the metal sculptures in less than two months. The pieces were sent to another facility for custom powder coating to preserve the paint in March.

His sculptures, like many other art forms, should be viewed subjectively, McCalebb said.

"I don't believe in prescribing experience," he said. "A person has to come to it from their own experience and comfort level and enjoy looking at it."

Twinbrook Station is being developed in six phases.

Greenberg said JBG will continue searching for artists to commission. Local artists are also being considered in the pool of applicants, he said

"We are looking for all-American artists regardless of where their studio is," he said. "Each phase stands alone. Each phase will have a different artist's work displayed."

In addition to the Alaire apartments, the first phase will include 15,500 square feet of retail space.

The completed project will have 1,595 apartments and condominiums, 220,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 325,000 square feet of office space.

"We hope the city appreciates this project and will come out to see this installation," Greenberg said.

Author
Mimi Liu

Publication
Gazette.Net

More Public Art to Rev Up Rockville Pike - First New Sculptures to be Unveiled Next Month

Barnaby Zall hopes he's seeing the start of an eye-catching trend along Rockville Pike.

A growing number of new mixed-use developments along the busy thoroughfare are including public art projects for visitors and residents to enjoy.

Two developments under construction, North Bethesda Market and Twinbrook Station, will have projects completed by two respected artists — James Sanborn of Washington, D.C., and Howard McCalebb, an American living in Germany.

"We know White Flint is a culturally-oriented community," said Zall, co-chairman of the Friends of White Flint, a nonprofit that represents residents, businesses and property owners in White Flint. "There is art throughout the community and we think there should be art in the commercial areas as well."

Public art can capture the spirit and character of a community, he said.

Montgomery County planners say they encourage public art, but the planning department doesn't require it for developments.

However, developers wishing to increase the density of projects in the Central Business District, Transit Mixed-Use Zone and the Commercial/Residential Zone can do that if they are willing to add amenities such as open space, walking trails, affordable housing or public art, said Joshua Sloan, a coordinator in the development review division at Montgomery County Planning Department.

Developers who have chosen an artist and a likely public art idea are required to go before either an art review board or a public arts steering committee. The review bodies can ask for changes before a recommendation is sent to the Planning Board, which has final approval, Sloan said.

JBG Companies of Chevy Chase is the developer for North Bethesda Market, a residential high-rise with a Whole Foods, an L.A. Fitness and other services located across from White Flint Mall, and Twinbrook Station, a 26-acre project that will eventually encompass Twinbrook Metro station.

At North Bethesda Market, visitors and residents who use the paseo will have the chance to view a sculpture produced by Sanborn, an artist famous for his encrypted Kryptos sculpture at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va., said Jack Devine, principal of Artists Circle Fine Art in North Potomac and an art consultant for JBG Companies.

Sanborn, who was not available for comment, has created an 8-foot high, 4-foot wide bronze cylinder perforated with waterjet cut text. Inside, the cylinder will have a pinpoint light source, while outside it will be surrounded by a red granite text ring, Devine said.

During the day, the texts can be seen on the cylinder or from the surface of nearby pavement. At night, the interior light will project the text over a wide area, Devine said. Near the sculpture will be a waterfall bordered by a white granite "river of stone" and a polished red granite oval ring.

"I think it will be quite captivating and people will respond well," Devine said.

Native American texts will be displayed along with famous quotations from American politicians like Thomas Jefferson or other historical figures, he said.

Like Kryptos, the cylinder will have coded texts that challenge viewers to interact with the artwork. Cryptographers, professional and amateur, are still trying to break the code for a section of the Kryptos, according to the CIA's Web site.

The developer commissioned McCalebb to create a series of outdoor art projects at Twinbrook Station. McCalebb's artwork has been exhibited alongside those of Pablo Picasso, Julio Gonzalez, Anthony Caro and David Smith. His venues include China, Germany, Hong Kong, Poland and the United Arab Emirates, in addition to private galleries and museums in the United States.

The first two pieces of public art at Twinbrook Station are brightly colored sculptures made of welded steel titled "Butterfly" and "Cat's Tail." The artworks will stand at 10-feet and 6-feet, respectively, and will be green space attractions, according to a statement from JBG Companies.

"We really are proud of the inclusion of public art in this project and we want people to know about it," said Anthony Greenberg, vice president for development for JBG Companies.

The sculptures will be installed April 1 and will be among the finishing touches for The Alaire, a 279-unit luxury apartment community with 15,000 square feet of retail space. The Alaire is the first phase of construction at Twinbrook Station, and officials will celebrate its official grand opening April 22.

Author
Cedric Ricks

Publication
Gazette.net

Outdoor Sculptures Being Readied for New Twinbrook Station

By the time the snow melts, internationally renowned artist Howard McCalebb expects to be ready to oversee the installation of two pieces of his outdoor sculpture at Twinbrook Station, a long-awaited mixed-use development adjacent to the Twinbrook Metro station.

McCalebb, who currently splits his time between the United States and his gallery in Berlin, Germany, is coordinating the production of “Butterfly” and “Cat’s Tail” at a Baltimore studio. While this week’s snow was falling, sparks were flying at Elemental Metalworks as work on the steel sculptures progressed.

Photo courtesy The JBG Companies. A portion of the outdoor steel sculpture Butterfly by internationally renowned artist Howard McCalebb in the works at the Elemental Metalworks studio in Baltimore. The sculpture is being fabricated for the grounds of Twinbrook Station and is scheduled for installation in March.

The brightly colored artworks will stand at 10-feet and 6-feet respectively, and will enhance the green space in the first phase of The JBG Companies’ Twinbrook Station project, which at full build-out will encompass 26 acres around the Twinbrook Metro station. The sculptures are being readied to coincide with the opening of The Alaire, a 279-unit luxury apartment building with 15,000-square-feet of retail space, set to open in March.

The project, which currently has signed leases with Subway, L.A. Nails, and Chevy Chase Bank, will infuse some new retail and dining options into the Twinbrook area for those who live and work nearby.

Photo courtesy The JBG Companies. Artist Howard McCalebb (center) makes a site visit to Twinbrook Station in January with JBG’s Project Manager Tony Greenberg and Onsite Construction Manager Ed Mullaney.

McCalebb’s artwork—which he says represents three decades of steady evolution—has been exhibited alongside those of Pablo Picasso, Julio Gonzalez, Anthony Caro and David Smith. His venues include China, Germany, Hong Kong, Poland and the United Arab Emirates, in addition to numerous private galleries and museums in the United States.

The JBG Companies, the Chevy Chase, Md.,-based developer, commissioned McCalebb to create the outdoor works for Twinbrook Station under an agreement with the City of Rockville and in support of the JBG Public Art Initiative. JBG plans to commission other artwork for its next phases of Twinbrook Station.

For more information about Twinbrook Station, visit www.twinbrookstation.com.

Author
Tammy Murphy

Publication
Rockville Living

JBG Complates Land Sale at Twinbrook

Chevy Chase, Maryland, (September 23, 2009) –The JBG Companies (JBG) today announced the sale of 12709 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville, Maryland to the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). The two acre property recently received site plan approval from the Montgomery County Planning Board for a 150,000 square foot office and laboratory expansion of the USP headquarters.

“We are very pleased that USP is making an additional investment in the County and that they are continuing to expand adjacent to the mixed use center at Twinbrook Station,” noted Steve Silverman, Director of the Department of Economic Development for Montgomery County.

The transaction is part of The JBG Companies’ long-term commitment to the Twinbrook submarket, an established biosciences hub and employment center that is rapidly emerging as a destination mixed-use neighborhood.

“This transaction with USP further expands the private sector presence in this mixed use community, which already includes over 7,000 employees from federal agencies and contractors including NIH, FDA, and HHS,” said JBG’s Rod Lawrence.

While taking plans for the USP expansion through the County approvals process, JBG also secured its approvals for a 106,580 square foot office or lab building at 5615 Fishers Lane, an adjacent site. 5615 Fishers Lane is being actively marketed by JBG, represented by Grubb & Ellis.

Both 5615 Fishers Lane and the USP expansion will deliver adjacent to JBG’s Twinbrook Station project, a premier 2.2 million square foot transit village. Currently under construction, Twinbrook Station’s (www.twinbrookstation.com) first phase will bring 279 luxury apartments and 15,500 square feet of retail early next year to one of the East Coast’s first LEED-ND Gold certified communities.

About The JBG Companies

Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, The JBG Companies is an active developer, owner and operator of office, residential, hotel and retail properties with more than $10 billion in assets under management and development. Founded in 1960, JBG has established a reputation as one of the leading real estate companies in the Washington metropolitan area. More information can be found by visiting the company’s Web site: www.JBG.com.

First Phase of Twinbrook Station Moving Along Well, Developer Says

While some construction projects in the county are having trouble getting the shovel in the ground due to the rough lending environment, the first phase of the mixed-use Twinbrook Station development is well under way and nearby residents seem generally pleases with the project.

"I think we were very fortunate to begin construction [on Twinbrook Station] last April when we secured construction financing with very good lenders," Anthony Greenberg, development associate with The JBG Companies, said. "We were able to move forward with this phase without any impact."

JBG, of Chevy Chase, has partnered with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on the project aimed at transforming the area next to the Twinbrook Metro station into a destination. Greenberg said it is difficult to speculate what conditions will be for the next phases of construction.

"But this is a great project and a great location, which distinguishes us from other projects," he said.

Depending on market conditions, the entire 22-acre project could be completed five to 15 years from today, company officials said. The 2.2-million-square-foot project adjacent to the Metro station will have 1,595 apartments and condominiums, 220,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 325,000 square feet of office space. The Metro entrances will also be redeveloped.

"What we're really trying to do here is create a new center of gravity," Greenberg said. "There's retail on [Rockville] Pike … a mass of office and lab buildings adjacent to our project, but the land on top of Metro has never been developed other than parking lots, so we're trying to fill that void and create a real connection to all the neighborhoods and uses."

The first phase under construction will have 279 apartments and 15,500 square feet of retail ready to open by early to mid-2010, Greenberg said.

Some residents in the nearby Cambridge Walk neighborhoods said they have not felt adverse effects of the construction.

"As a matter of fact, a lot of people have commented to me how excited they are about it going up and can't wait until it goes up," said Tracy Pakulniewicz-Chidiac, president of the Cambridge Walk Homeowners Association and a member of the city's Planning Commission who can see the construction from her bedroom window.

Joe McClane, president of the Cambridge Walk II Homeowners Association, said his neighbors are looking forward to having a community gathering place nearby.

"When it was just the Metro station it was just asphalt and a stagnant pond and it was not safe because there would be people there at 2 [o'clock] in the morning and you would look out your window and see someone," McClane said. "So I think it will take a relatively quiet area and have some vitality to it."

But some Twinbrook residents have concerns about JBG's request for a reduction in parking in the next phase of construction. Christina Ginsberg, president of the Twinbrook Citizens Association, said she is concerned that there would be less parking for those who drive to the station to use Metro.

"We don't agree with the pro-developer vision that everyone who lives at Twinbrook Station will use the Metro to go to work, that everyone who works at Twinbrook Station will arrive by Metro and that everyone who shops at Twinbrook Station will arrive by Metro," Ginsberg wrote in an e-mail to The Gazette. "This totally cuts out the surrounding area and makes the Metro at Twinbrook Station nothing but an amenity exclusively for the residents/users of Twinbrook Station."

Matthew R. Blocher, JBG senior vice president, said the amendment is only reducing the number of parking spaces to be constructed right now.

"These parking adjustments are separate and apart from the Metro station parking requirements and are not related to the WMATA commuter lots," Blocher wrote in an e-mail to The Gazette.

Jim Wasilak, Rockville's chief of planning, said city staff is reviewing a minor amendment to the second phase filed by JBG that would reconfigure the development, reduce a parking garage by 316 spaces, decrease retail space by 10,000 square feet and shift residential units to that phase, adding 15 apartments. The total number of residential units for the entire project will not change, Wasilak said. That kind of change would require approval from the City Council.

"There has been no change in the volume of the structure and none of the area previously devoted to parking structure is being converted to occupy-able space for the residential units," Blocher said.

The amendment is subject to approval by the city's Planning Commission. Wasilak said the project appears to be moving along as planned.

"They're one of the few residential developments going up right now," Wasilak said.

Other major developments, like the Duball site on the Regal Cinemas parking lot in downtown Rockville, are delaying construction due to trouble obtaining financing. The next phase of Twinbrook Station would either be an office building on the west side of the train tracks or more residential units on the east side, Greenberg said. The development will be built in six phases.

Twinbrook Station was certified as a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) plan by the U.S. Green Building Council for its environmentally sustainable features. The development's proximity to public transportation, inclusion of central green space, energy and water conservation and "green" cleaning and operations are among the touted sustainable features.

"It's something we're very proud of," Greenberg said.

Publication
Gazette

Element 12420 in Rockville Prepares for Tenancy, Ready for TI

JBG has nearly completed its total renovation of the 93,000 square foot, spec office building Element 12420, an adaptive reuse project at 12420 Parklawn Drive in Rockville.

Adjacent to Twinbrook Station, the neighborhood being developed by JBG in a public/private partnership with WMATA, Element 12420 is a 4 story project registered Silver LEED Certified. During construction, it attained the points needed to deliver as a Gold LEED project. DNC Architects designed the renovation. The building's general contractor is Buch Construction.

Twinbrook Station is the formal name of the adjacent neighborhood JBG is developing with WMATA, and Element 12420 will eventually be included with Twinbrook Station. JBG owns and/or controls approximately 12 sites or buildings in the immediate area, all outside of Twinbrook Station

“We have been amazed, but not surprised, at the extremely positive reception this sustainable LEED certified building has received,” said Kevin McGloon, Senior Vice President at Grubb & Ellis, the firm hired to lease the building. “It seems both corporate and local decision makers are finally getting the benefits of the Green message.”

Base Building delivery is set for January, when the leasing team will begin hosting a weekly series of small broker lunches.

Publication
citybizlist
KEVIN MCGLOON

Twinbrook Station Achieves LEED Gold Certification

JBG DEVELOPMENT IS FIRST CERTIFIED IN THE WASHINGTON METRO AREA

The JBG Companies, one of the most active real estate developers in the Washington, D.C. area, announced today that the mixed-use project Twinbrook Station was certified as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Neighborhood Development plan by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Rating System integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a development's location and design meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development. Unlike other LEED rating systems that rate building or interiors, LEED-ND certification is awarded for entire communities and neighborhood plans.

Twinbrook Station, a joint development with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Area Authority, will transform the 26 acres of under-utilized, asphalt-surfaced commuter parking lots at the Twinbrook Metro into a vibrant, transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly community. The plan both emphasizes and celebrates public transportation through its key Metro location, its substantial transit program and its arrangement of primary public spaces.

“The recognition by USGBC puts us in an elite group of projects, as only a handful of developments across the country to date have achieved LEED-ND certification,” said Rod Lawrence of JBG. “JBG will continue to strive to make this community a model for sustainable, urban, transit-oriented development.”

The City of Rockville Mayor Susan Hoffman added, “I want to congratulate JBG for the LEED gold certification for Twinbrook Station. I care passionately about a ‘Clean and Green’ Rockville and sustainable development. Rockville has become, more and more, a magnet for LEED certified buildings and I could not be more delighted.”

Numerous sustainability measures distinguish Twinbrook Station, including:

Environmentally sound site selection centered on redeveloping 26 acres of existing surface parking lots;
A commitment to green construction and technology, with 80 percent of the buildings at Twinbrook Station seeking LEED certification;
The reduction of vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions through a diverse mix of uses, and co-location with a Metro and public transportation hub served by 1,028 Metro and bus trips daily;
Green operations, cleaning, organic landscaping and maintenance programs for all buildings.
The conservation of energy, water, and other natural resources by employing comprehensive waste management and recycling programs and by reducing water use by 30 percent.
In addition to achieving its LEED-ND certification, the approved Twinbrook Station plan is widely recognized for its commitment to the principles of smart growth and new urbanism. The plan won the International 2004 Charter Award for Excellence from the Congress for New Urbanism, is a designated Smart Growth Project by the Coalition for Smarter Growth, and was awarded the Best Smart Growth Project by the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties.

The first phase of the project, consisting of 279 luxury apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail, is currently under construction and is expected to deliver in April of 2010. Upon full completion, the project will feature the Mark, a 325,000 square foot Class A office building, 1,595 multifamily residential units, 220,000 square feet of street front retail space, and acres of public open space with multiple parks and courtyards.

In addition to Twinbrook Station, JBG currently has over 20 LEED registered or certified projects throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, totaling over nine million square feet of development that adheres to the tenets of sustainable building and growth. In addition, five of JBG’s projects have been recognized by the Washington Smart Growth Alliance.

About The JBG Companies

Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, The JBG Companies is an active developer, owner and operator of office, residential, hotel and retail properties with more than $10 billion in assets under management and development. Founded in 1960, JBG has established a reputation as one of the leading real estate companies in the Washington metropolitan area. More information can be found by visiting the company’s Web site: www.JBG.com.

USP Headquarters Named Best BioTech Building

USP Headquarters Named Best BioTech Building

Rockville, Md., July 24, 2008 — The U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention today announces that its new headquarters has been honored by the Maryland/DC Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) as the Best BioTech Building in the region. USP’s new headquarters was designed to help the organization build on its core mission of setting official quality standards for legally marketed medicines, dietary supplements and food ingredients in the United States and around the world.

The building was designed by HOK, a noted Washington D.C.-based firm that has many buildings to its credit, including the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a companion facility to the museum, near Washington Dulles International Airport.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the NAIOP,” said Roger L. Williams, M.D., USP executive vice president and CEO. “Our new headquarters building is helping our growing organization to set public standards that benefit consumers all over the world, and our advanced laboratories are keeping us at the forefront of rapidly advancing science and technology.”  

USP’s new headquarters building officially opened in March and boasts over 227,000 square feet of office, laboratory and meetings center space. Laboratories and office space are integrated to facilitate employee collaboration, and a world map appears on the glass exterior of the meetings center window to reflect USP’s international standards-setting mission. Sustainability was also a major factor in the design, as the building is constructed of high levels of recycled material, features energy efficient appliances, and includes a “green roof” made up of vegetation that improves storm water management and reduces energy consumption. Construction was completed by DPR Construction and the project was managed by Orr Partners.    

USP’s new building has already garnered other awards, including one from Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine as part of its “Best of 2007” awards program and one from The Metropolitan Washington and Virginia Chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors for excellence in construction.

NAIOP is the nation's leading trade association for developers, owners, investors, asset managers and other professionals in industrial, office and mixed-use commercial real estate. The Maryland/DC chapter’s Awards of Excellence Program annually honors regional buildings completed in the previous year in nearly 30 categories. The Best BioTech Award is given to the building project that best proactively accounts for and innovatively addresses the special design needs of the biotech industry.

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USP—Advancing Public Health Since 1820
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a private, non-profit, standards-setting organization that advances public health by helping to ensure the quality and consistency of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements, promoting the safe and proper use of medications, and verifying ingredients in drugs and dietary supplements. Its standards, which are recognized worldwide, are developed by a unique process of public involvement through the contributions of volunteers representing pharmacy, medicine, and other health care professions, as well as science, academia, government, the pharmaceutical and food industries, and consumer organizations. For more information about USP and its public health programs, visit www.usp.org/newscenter. FY0903

Rockville Hilton Celebrates Grand Opening

The Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, formerly The Doubletree Hotel, will celebrate its official opening and unveil the completion of a multimillion dollar renovation at the hotel's ribbon cutting ceremony on April 23rd, 2008.
Area Managing Director Michael D. Hirsch said, "We hope to make the hotel a gathering place for the community. With the indoor park-like setting of the atrium, people can come to just relax or to get some work done while enjoying our free wireless internet access." The expansive open lobby and atrium inspires a refreshing, outdoorsy experience with large trees, lined by a jazz themed bar and a chophouse restaurant.

Committed to supporting the community, the hotel will sponsor Rockville's annual "Pike's Peek" 10K run, which benefits Montgomery County and Rockville youth. On race day, April 27th, runners will speed down Rockville Pike, passing the newly renovated Hilton. The hotel will present a $2,500 check at its ribbon cutting to support the race's beneficiaries. Serving fresh innovative regional Maryland cuisine, the Twinbrook Grille serves as a casually elegant dinner experience for hotel patrons, as well as a destination spot for area residents. The restaurant also serves seasonal lunch specials and the renowned Hilton Breakfast, a bountiful buffet which boasts over 100 items or a-la carte menu.

Guests and local commuters alike are invited in to pick up their morning Starbucks coffee in the Atrium on the way to catch the metro and stop back in to wind down with a drink while enjoying a jazz band performance at Riffs Lounge after work.

As the only hotel meeting facility in Montgomery County certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the hotel provides premier comforts and services - 24 hours a day. A wealth of productive features distinguishes the Executive Meeting Center - from state-of-the-art meeting space to highly professional support staff.

The hotel features 315 spacious renovated guest rooms and suites; 20,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space; a business center, with a full range of support services, high-speed internet access in all meeting and guest rooms; a heated pool; a whirlpool spa and fully equipped fitness center.

Located at 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, the hotel is only 20 miles from downtown Washington DC and BWI Airport and approximately 28 miles from Reagan Washington National Airport. The hotel, owned by The JBG companies and managed by the Pyramid Hotel Group, is adjacent to Twinbrook Metro Station, only minutes from Downtown DC and has easy access to the greater Washington/Maryland/VA area. For more information, please visit www.rockvillehilton.com .
 

Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, The JBG Companies is an active developer, owner and operator of office, residential, hotel and retail properties with more than $10 billion in assets under management and development. Founded in 1960, JBG has established a reputation as one of the leading real estate companies in the Washington metropolitan area. More information can be found by visiting the company's Web site: www.JBG.com

The Pyramid Hotel Group, founded in 1999, is a full-service hotel company that owns, manages and asset manages hotels and resorts. Additionally, Pyramid manages hotel construction/renovation projects. Pyramid Hotel Group currently has a portfolio of more than 46 hotels and resorts under management and asset management throughout the U.S. For more information about Pyramid Hotel Group, visit the company's website, www.pyramidadvisors.com.

Author
Emily Halonen

Publication
Hotel & Motel Management