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FOX Sweeps NAIOP MD/DC Chapter Awards

April 23, 2010

Washington, DC (April 22, 2010) – On Thursday, April 22, FOX Architects received three NAIOP MD/DC Chapter design and marketing awards at the annual Awards of Excellence Gala, making FOX the most award winning firm of the evening.  The award winning projects were: 1129 20th Street (Award of Excellence: Best Urban Renovation); Widmeyer Communications (Award of Merit: Best Interiors 10,001 – 25,000 sf); FOX Architects Block Party (Award of Excellence: Firm.)

“We're honored to be recognized by our industry peers for design excellence and innovation in marketing. These accomplishments are a testament to the caliber of talent we cultivate at FOX and a reflection of our core values and culture, said Bob Fox, Founding Principal.

1129 20th Street is located in the center of Washington, DC’s central business district, specifically located on the East Side of 20th Street between L and M Streets, NW.  The building is unique as a free-standing structure located in a dense urban fabric.  The original eight-story structure was built in 1968 and had no significant upgrades since its construction.  It originally contained 136,000 gross square feet and two levels of below-grade parking.  Through the use of Transferable Development Rights, the building was increased in height two floors.  Additionally, open courts at three corners of the existing floor plate were filled in at every floor.  All together, this increased the existing size of the building by 45,000 square feet.

Widmeyer Communications is a full service public relations, media and public affairs firm with a self described “fiercely independent” character.  Located in FOX’s award-winning 1129 20th Street project, the client wanted to express their independent and progressive culture in a manner that was creative, yet reflected the professional nature of their work without a creating a design that would become dated quickly. Through multiple visioning sessions held with senior staff, the design team developed the design theme: “Urban Professional,” which mirrored Widemeyer’s vision and goals.

FOX Architects’ Block Party was the grand finale of a nearly seven week marketing blitz for the Commercial Real Estate Industry. The goal of this event was to “build community” during this economic downturn and facilitate a team strengthening event within the industry.  The Block Party also partnered with a local charity, Martha’s Table and donated over 50,000 LEGOS to their Bridge Program.  In addition to providing the LEGOs to their program, the FOX team also spoke to the children about the architecture profession and answered their questions regarding careers in design.