Nearly 20 community members and public officials joined AGU and the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B (ANC 2B) on Wednesday, March 16 at an informational reception to discuss the upcoming renovation plans for our new headquarters. During the reception, we talked to residents and local businesses about the expectations of the project, its effect on the local community and the overall city, and shared with them proposed renderings of the project.
The reception kicked off with Christine McEntee, AGU’s Executive Director/CEO, welcoming the group and explaining our interest in upgrading the current building to be a living embodiment of the organization’s mission. Commissioner Daniel Warwick, ANC 2B, followed the introduction and explained ANC 2B’s role in the approval process. Then, Guilherme Almeida, project associate at Hickok Cole Architects, our architecture and design firm, showed the proposed renderings of the updated building, and Roger Frechette, managing principal at Interface Engineering, discussed the importance of engineering design and the inclusion of the solar photovoltaic (PV) array to meet net zero requirements. Then we talked about construction staging and debris removal before taking questions from the audience.
This was the first community meeting that AGU has hosted concerning the renovations, but more are expected. Flyers were posted in neighboring apartment complexes, condominiums, and community centers encouraging those who might be affected to attend and engage in dialogue.
Of the residents and community leaders who attended, almost all were pleasantly impressed with the project’s concept and design, and appreciative of our effort to include them in the process.
AGU plans to focus on transparency and clarification with the community throughout the renovation process. The project is currently under review with the ANC 2B and we plan to present to the Historic Preservation Review Board later this month with hopes of receiving historic preservation and zoning approval before moving forward. Once we receive the proper approvals, construction is expected to begin in early 2017 with an anticipated completion date of early to mid-2018. We encourage residents and local businesses who are interested in future community meetings and construction progress to sign up to receive email updates.