New Urbanism and smart growth in suburban DC, Chevy Chase Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA designed by global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm HOK. HOK has 24 offices worldwide. HOK’s design transformed a 50-year-old suburban shopping center into modern offices, restaurants and retail stores in one of the country’s most successful neighborhood retail centers.
Exemplifying the ideals of New Urbanism and smart growth, the project increases density, encourages pedestrian activity near a Metrorail station and adds green space. It promotes urban retail and business in this important quadrant of Friendship Heights.
The new development quadruples the square footage of the original center. The entire eight-story office tower was pre-leased before its opening. In addition to commercial office space, the local community gained 90,000 square feet of “neighborhood” retail, including banks, restaurants, drycleaners and a grocery store, as well as “destination” retail. Two large, open spaces welcome people to shop and work here.
100% Amount of office space pre-leased
Size: 412,000 sq. ft. / 38,300 sq. m.
Services: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning
Awards: Award of Merit, Mixed-Use Category – Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine, Merit Award for Interior Architecture – AIA Washington DC
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Since their founding in 1955, they have used design to enrich people’s lives and help organizations succeed. Our 1,600 people collaborate across a network of 24 offices on three continents. HOK’s mission is to deliver exceptional design ideas and solutions for their clients through the creative blending of human need, environmental stewardship, value creation, science and art. Their design solutions result from a collaborative process that encourages multidisciplinary professional teams to research alternatives, share knowledge and imagine new ways to solve the challenges of the built environment.