CityCenterDC, Washington, D.C.
Team: Foster & Partners, Shalom Baranes Associates, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
KBE was engaged by Hines to analyze the two primary public spaces of their mixed use development in the heart of Washington in order to determine how the park and plaza could contribute to the vitality of the total project on a year-round basis. We began by interviewing people from center city organizations as well as numerous cultural organizations in order to understand their visions for the project and the resources they could bring to it. We defined the target audience and potential uses for the spaces. In collaboration with our clients and their architects, we refined these ideas into a program plan. By locating the events on the existing architectural plans, establishing infrastructure needs, outlining management structures, and making cost estimates, we were able to demonstrate in concrete terms how the spaces would work when the project is complete.