Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray released the Sustainable DC Vision Plan, the first published installment of the District’s ambitious 20-year plan to become the “the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States.” Ayers Saint Gross led the consultant team for this project, and is working with the Mayor’s team, the District Office of Planning, the District Department of the Environment, and the interested public, to develop, test, refine, and communicate the Sustainable DC Plan.
Seven years ago, Jim Wheeler became president of Ayers Saint Gross, a Baltimore architecture firm with a nearly 100-year history. See page 10 of the March issue of this magazine to find out how Ayers Saint Gross has grown, why we became focused on colleges and universities, and what the new trends are in college campus design.
Ayers Saint Gross is working on the St. Elizabeths East master plan, which is approximately 170 acres in the Congress Heights neighborhood and represents one of the largest single redevelopment opportunities in the District. Due to its size and scope the redevelopment of the East Campus will take time and occur in multiple phases.
Through their strict focus, client list, research and services, Ayers Saint Gross has built a solid reputation and positioned itself as a resource for anything related to campus planning. The firm and its website is the single place a university need look to compare their campus with other schools, to access an image resource library, to find research and whitepapers on the latest trends and to hire top tier planning and design services.
Ayers Saint Gross, Baltimore’s largest architecture firm, won an Honor Award in the 19th annual Professional Awards Program by the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Maryland and Potomac chapters for three conceptual designs of Rash Field they created for the Greater Baltimore Committee.
The College recently called for student input in creating the Campus Master Plan, a yearlong process for renovating existing spaces, redesigning campus infrastructure and constructing new buildings. Students discussed these plans with consultants from Ayers Saint Gross (ASG), the architecture firm hired by the College to design the plan.
Rancho Solano Private Schools has outgrown its space in Glendale dedicated to middle and high school classes and is investing more than $10 million to move into new facilities in North Scottsdale. Ayers Saint Gross, which has offices in Tempe, is the project’s architect.