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Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, has announced the details of two conceptual plans for the 190-acre RFK Stadium-Armory Campus site, with design concepts by OMA New York, led by Partner Jason Long, in partnership with DC-based program management team, Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D).

Located in the southeast corridor of the District, the transformational vision for the iconic RFK Campus delivers holistic concepts for the site that leverage the District’s waterfront, provide neighbourhood-serving amenities and connect the current site with increased and sustainable green space, flexible recreational fields and natural access to pedestrian-friendly paths. The conceptual planning effort also envisions phasing the implementation of short-term and long-term program elements for the site.

Max Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Events DC, said:

After extensive planning, outreach, public input and involvement, the entire Events DC board and staff are so proud to present these two conceptual plans for the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus. Our vision for the Campus’ future – which is aligned with community wants and needs – is to create a special and amazing place that celebrates the District of Columbia’s beauty and history, while also acting as a shining example of urban living that can attract residents and visitors, while at the same time, maintain the rich and strong local identity that currently is appreciated and valued by all of us.

Events DC, in collaboration with OMA New York and Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D), participated in a series of stakeholder and community engagement sessions that focused on capturing input on a new urban vision for the 190-acre Campus surrounding the historic RFK Stadium, Festival Grounds and the DC Armory. The site benefits from its positioning adjacent to the National Mall axis, prominent neighbourhoods and its access to a waterfront gateway along the Anacostia River, which has been underutilised for decades.

Gregory A. O’Dell, President & Chief Executive Officer of Events DC, said:

The conceptual plans we have unveiled present a once in a lifetime opportunity to reimagine the 190-acre site in a way that delivers an amenity for everyone. It also has the ability to create another vibrant destination within Washington, DC for residents and visitors to enjoy. Our conceptual plans aim to provide accessibility across the Campus’ unique topography and access to nearby waterways while creating dynamic open space.

The conceptual plans are represented through two design concepts (a) North-South Axis and (b) Stitch, each illustrating a different configuration or layout of the site. These design concepts offer two alternative approaches to addressing parking, infrastructure and road network, pedestrian connections, site conditions and program placement.

Within both the North-South Axis and Stitch design concepts, there are three anchor tenant scenarios: (1) a 20,000-seat arena, (2) an NFL stadium and (3) no anchor. All three scenarios reflect a phased approach intended to provide short-term programming elements that will immediately activate the site with uses that will serve the community. Such short-term program uses, which exist in both the North-South Axis and Stitch design concepts, include sport, recreation, culture and park space.

The long-term opportunities for the North-South Axis and Stitch design concepts offer an extension of all of the program elements delivered in the short-term, plus additional long-term program elements, inclusive of an anchor tenant and the related supporting site and infrastructure enhancements.

Jason Long, OMA New York’s Partner-in-charge, commented:

Our goal for both design concepts is to reconnect the Campus to existing neighbourhoods to the north and south, to bring the District closer to the Anacostia waterfront and to transform the site from a space designed for watching sports, dominated by asphalt, into a new gateway to DC that elevates public health with diverse recreational programming. Both concepts provide a strategy for revitalising the Campus’ identity from passive space to active place and transform its urban character from pavement to park.

Chris Dunlavey, President of Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D), said:

Brailsford & Dunlavey is honoured to have served Events DC in leading such a talented team of professionals to re-envision the future of the storied RFK Campus.

Events DC made a commitment to a deliberate and thoughtful approach to urban planning, fostering collaboration and inclusiveness with project stakeholders and embracing both internationally acclaimed planning inspiration and a pragmatic focus on technical and economic feasibility. We look forward to the continued development of this unique opportunity for the District.

Both design concepts will be evaluated based on the feedback that was received during a citywide meeting that was held on Monday, April 4. Moving the project forward, Events DC will consolidate and post the comments, questions and answers received during the citywide meeting. In addition, Events DC, Brailsford & Dunlavey and OMA New York will provide revisions to the concepts as appropriate and perform a financial feasibility analysis for the program elements.

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Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced today the selection of a joint venture of architectural firms, Washington, DC-based Marshall Moya Design and internationally iconic, ROSSETTI, to begin developing designs for the future state-of-the-art Entertainment and Sports Arena in the Congress Heights neighbourhood of Washington, DC. In addition, Events DC has also named Washington, DC-headquartered, Brailsford & Dunlavey in collaboration with ADC Solutions and Kumi Construction Management as program management lead for the transformative arena project.

Operated by Events DC, the approximately 5,000-seat venue will bring world-class entertainment and sports programing, while driving urban regeneration to the communities east of the Anacostia River.

Gregory A. O’Dell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Events DC, said:

Events DC is energised about our partnership with Washington, DC local and internationally-recognised firms – including, Marshall Moya Design and ROSSETTI for design and Brailsford & Dunlavey with ADC Solutions and Kumi Construction Management for program management collaboration of the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

Bringing together their respective expertise, experience and assets and with our city partners, we are committed to creating an arena that offers Washington, DC residents and visitors a premier live entertainment and sports destination.

Acting as an economic catalyst, Events DC plans to utilise the best and brightest, while supporting local businesses, and has established a 50% Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) set-aside for both architecture, engineering and program management contracts related to the arena project. Events DC has also mandated that 35% of the work performed on each of these contracts will be performed by Small Business Enterprises (SBE).

O’Dell further explained:

As the official convention and sports authority for the District, Events DC remains committed to enriching and activating all corners of the city with not only unforgettable experiences but also acting as an economic catalyst for the city. In addition to focusing on hiring CBEs in the coming months, we also plan to create employment opportunities for District residents.

For the arena project, ROSSETTI and Marshall Moya Design have joined forces as The Washington Arena Design Partners JV to act as the Architect of Record and designer. The creative collaboration of both local and national perspectives and expertise will ultimately result in a broader range of innovative and imaginative thinking about integrating the new Entertainment and Sports Arena into the communities east of the Anacostia River.

Marshall Moya Design is a Washington, DC-based, multi-faceted architecture and design studio producing award-winning projects in the commercial, institutional, civic and cultural arenas. They have designed a number of iconic projects throughout the nation’s capital. These projects include The Howard Theatre, Chuck Brown Memorial, urban destinations such as Reunion Square in Southeast, elementary schools throughout the District and the new Student Center for the University of the District of Columbia, on target to be the first LEED Platinum student union on the east coast and one of only two in the country. Current projects include the new home for D.C. United and work for MGM Resorts International.

Michael Marshall, Design Director and Principal of Marshall Moya Design, commented:

The renaissance of Washington, DC is very important to the mission of our practice. We have been involved with several high-profile projects throughout the city that have been catalysts for growth and development. As a native Washingtonian, I have witnessed our city’s evolution; we are now on track to make DC one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live in the world. This sports and entertainment venue will be a major part of this effort.

ROSSETTI, which has a worldwide practice that specialises in sports arena and entertainment centre design – is most notable for the LA Lakers Headquarters and Practice Facility, the renovation and rebranding of the Cleveland Cavaliers Practice Facility and the renovation of the iconic TD Garden.

Matt Rossetti, FAIA, President of ROSSETTI, advised:

ROSSETTI is thrilled to be a design partner with Events DC, Monumental Sports and Entertainment and the Ward 8 community for this incredibly unique sports complex. We have seen how sports facilities and programs become community assets, and we believe this new complex will be capable of catalysing new development through outreach programs that promote a stewardship and engagement between all parties.

Washington, DC-headquartered Brailsford & Dunlavey in local collaboration with ADC Solutions and Kumi Construction Management will focus exclusively on the planning and project management of the arena project – which will include compliance with goals, timelines and budgets set-forth. Notable DC projects include parks and recreation centre renovations with the District of Columbia’s Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of General Services’ public schools modernisation and Howard University’s Interdisciplinary Research Building.

Past and current Events DC projects include Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States and the current RFK Stadium-Armory Campus redevelopment project.

Chris Dunlavey, President of Brailsford & Dunlavey, said:

It’s a privilege for Brailsford & Dunlavey, along with our partners ADC Management Solutions and Kumi Construction Management, to play a role in this transformational project for the District and particularly for Ward 8.

It’s a responsibility that we take very seriously. Our objective as program manager is to ensure that this project meets the requirements of a top-quality entertainment and training facility on time and within budget, so that it will serve as both a source of pride in the community and a catalyst for economic development.

The project will become the future practice facility for the Washington Wizards, home court of the Washington Mystics and a premier entertainment venue in the District. The arena is expected to attract more than 380,000 annual new residents and visitors per year to Congress Heights and produce more than 600 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs for the arena. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2016 with completion in fall of 2018.

About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, deliver premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over USD$400m annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.

Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighbourhood of Washington, DC.

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About Marshall Moya Design
Marshall Moya Design is a Washington, DC-based, multi-faceted architecture and design studio that has designed a number of iconic projects in the District, including The Howard Theatre and Chuck Brown Memorial, urban destinations such as Reunion Square in Southeast, elementary schools throughout the District, and the new Student Center for the University of the District of Columbia. Current projects include the new home for the D.C. United and work for MGM Resorts International.

At Marshall Moya Design, “heart” is at the core of what we do. An innovative and collaborative group of architects, designers and brand strategists, we create the spaces where people gather to work, learn, live and share. Projects in our city have served to enrich the District, not only in terms of artistic representation, but also in terms of economic opportunity and community enhancement. Michael Marshall originally founded the firm in 1989 as Michael Marshall Architecture, and in 2010 he formed a partnership with Paola Moya to establish what is now known as Marshall Moya Design.

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ROSSETTI is a global architectural design and planning firm with a portfolio of showcase properties spanning sports and entertainment, interiors, hospitality and retail.

The firm’s strategic approach to design and planning is one that ROSSETTI has developed through four decades of design solutions, combined with extensive R+D into how people experience environments. ROSSETTI’s training centre portfolio includes the new L.A. Lakers Headquarters and Practice Facility, currently under construction, the Detroit Piston’s Training Facilities and locker room, the L.A. Clippers Practice Facility and the renovation and rebranding of the Cleveland Cavaliers Practice Facility.

Significant current projects include the first motorsports stadium at Daytona International Speedway, the ‘Titletown’ sports-anchored development for the Green Bay Packers, transformation of the campus at the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, renovations for TD Garden, the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, and Michigan State University’s Breslin Center.

The 46-year-old firm is headquartered in Detroit and has a history of design innovation for sports facilities, which began with the Detroit Piston’s Palace of Auburn Hills, where new concepts in hospitality design revolutionised the fan experience and economics of arena design.

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About Brailsford & Dunlavey
Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D) ( is a Washington, DC-headquartered national program management firm with comprehensive in-house planning and implementation capabilities, dedicated to serving public agencies, professional sports organisations, educational institutions, corporations and non-profit clients.

B&D is minority-owned and a D.C. certified business enterprise (CBE) company with more than 120 people in 10 offices throughout the U.S.

More than 100 facilities planned or implemented by B&D have earned industry awards, including from the U.S. Department of Education, National School Boards Association, the American Institute of Architects and the Associated Builders and Contractors.

B&D has worked on more than 1,000 assignments, representing over USD$30bn in completed construction, and features a client base in all 50 states.


ADC Management Solutions and Kumi Construction Management are both D.C. certified CBE’s and are integral partners of the program management team.