Details emerge for Georgetown’s Walter Reed building proposal

WRAMC Bldg 1 Looking Northeast. May 2013/Georgetown Chief Operating Officer Christopher Augostini revealed in a University-wide email on July 12 that Georgetown, along with the developer Forest City Washington, will submit a proposal for a redevelopment plan for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in upper Northwest Washington, D.C. Since then, a meeting was held last Thursday, at which the three competing designs were presented to members of Ward 4, and details surrounding the three plans have become available.

Three organizations, each with a drastically different plan for Walter Reed, presented their ideas to Ward 4 officials.

Forest City, which redeveloped the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, presented a “comfortable, human plan,” as described by Vice President of Development Alex Nyhan. Forest City plans to install a six-acre park, a new Georgetown campus, several non-profit companies, and a grocery store.

In his email, Augostini explained that the new campus would likely expand Georgetown’s graduate education services and research projects, especially changing how we cooperate with the private sector . “This site has the potential to be a campus for innovation that could combine our institutional strengths with private sector, non-profit and other institutional entities, all focused on developing ideas and solutions for next generation global problem-solving,” Augostini wrote.

Although Forest City and Georgetown initially had very few details and renderings, more information about the proposed campus and other buildings has since been made available. The map has six distinct sections, including “The Core,” which Forest City described as a “hub of unexpected intersections” between Georgetown faculty and researchers and nonprofit company workers.

Hines-Urban Atlantic presented the second proposal, titled “The Parks at Walter Reed.” This plan includes a “town center,” a commerce and science center, which involve MIT and Washington University, and a senior village. The plan includes many “water features” and green space.

The final proposal was presented by Roadside and is the most urban of the three. The Roadside development will feature a Wegmans grocery store, a Children’s National Medical Center, and possibly a hotel by Marriott or Cambria. Additionally, Roadside plans to include partnerships with Howard University and George Washington University.

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development will likely select the winning proposal by early fall.

Photo: Joseph Scott Murphey via Flickr. 

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