Tri-Chapter Push for Transit-Oriented Development

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The first Tri-Chapter Transit Oriented Development (TOD) advocacy event, involving AIA Potomac Valley, AIA|DC, and AIA Northern Virginia, was held at the District Architecture Center on December 4th, 2013. A group of interested chapter members organized a well-attended presentation focused on how to advocate for and successfully implement TOD in our region. With many local AIA chapter members crossing into neighboring jurisdictions for work or other activities, this group recognized how we all share in the results of policy making and infrastructure planning in the metropolitan area. The joint event supports the idea that our combined advocacy will positively influence collaborative, regional TOD planning efforts.

The presentation included three recent TOD development sites, one each from the District, Maryland and Virginia, and explored key aspects of planning, design and construction phases that have created successful TOD solutions. An informative opening discussion by Cheryl Cort of Coalition for Smarter Growth discussed how to advocate effectively and reviewed the recent successful collaboration effort with AIAPV supporting the location of the new regional hospital in Prince George’s County on a metro transit site.

Cheryl Cort - TOD Advocacy Event  Cheryl Cort, Policy Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth

Eric Liebmann, AIA, LEED AP of WDG Architecture discussed a number of sites included in the White Flint Sector Plan in Rockville, Maryland, and emphasized the complexities arising from the rapid evolution of this area from suburban to urban.

Eric Liebmann - TOD Advocacy Event  Eric Liebmann, AIA, LEED AP, WDG

The Tysons Corner Center Redevelopment, stimulated by the construction of the Silver Line to Tysons Corner, Virginia, is also a quickly changing area. Jared Krieger, AIA, LEED AP BD+C of Gensler presented a unique new high rise building that solves linkages with floating plazas that address pedestrian circulation levels created by the elevated metro line.

Jared Krieger - TOD Advocacy Event  Jared Krieger, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Gensler

Maurice Walters, AIA, LEED AP, and Adam Hale of KTGY presented the Catholic University South Campus Redevelopment project in Washington, DC. Also known as “Monroe Street Market,” this project has a lively arts and education focus in keeping with its setting adjacent to the urban university campus.

The Tri-Chapter Committee for Transit Oriented Development hopes to build more interest within the membership over the coming year. If you would like to join in these discussions, please contact Loreen Arnold.

Post submitted by Loreen Arnold, AIA

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