MICHAEL D. WATKINS, AIA, AICP, LEED AP RESUME Continued
completion in the center of the site and a previously existing building remains. Two additional office buildings have already been approved for the site, which also contains a brownfield and a requirement for 40% open space.
Independence, Transit-Oriented Development, Lancaster, Pennsylvania Principal-in-Charge and Lead Planner for redevelopment of 309 acres. The project, which is ongoing, is a perfect candidate for implementation of the SmartCode and serves as a model for Central Pennsylvania. The site is located within the targeted growth area of the county and located on the fringe of the urban boundary, a 10- minute drive from historic Lancaster, PA and about a 30-minute drive from Harrisburg, PA. It establishes the urban edge for growth in the county and is a model for “good” density. A train station is planned for construction in 3-5 years and will allow residents to commute to downtown Harrisburg in 30 minutes, with connections to Philadelphia. The initial program is for 3,200 residential units, with 500,000 - 1 million S.F. of commercial space projected over 20 years. A density of 25-30 units per acre is planned to be built near the train station along with 4-5-story buildings. A variety of commercial, retail and mixed-use buildings will be located at its core with single-family homes and townhomes at its edge.
The Commons, Transit-Oriented Development/Town Center Redevelop., Tysons Corner, VA Collaborating Principal and Lead Planner for a Master Plan for The Commons at Tyson’s Corner, a 40-acre infill town center redevelopment. It is the first project within this intensely built-up “edge city” of Washington, DC, to embrace a non-suburban model of development. The elements of urbanism designed into the plan address the future evolution of the Tyson’s area into a sustainable model for growth. The critical design achievement at The Commons is the provision of a density level that can accommodate transit ridership for long commutes, as well as support mixed-use to encourage pedestrian trips for daily needs. The building types and densities of The Commons provide a large ridership potential within a 10-minute walk to a planned transit station. In addition, retail and commercial uses in the development and adjacent to the property allow residents the option other than the car to satisfy daily needs. The building types employed in the plan support the transit and density level goals of the program. Parking on street is used to supplement off-street structured parking and people are encouraged to walk by activating the street frontages of the plan with mixed use and interesting architecture.
Kentlands New Town, Gaithersburg, MD Principal-in-Charge and Lead Planner/Architect for the 352-acre Kentlands property, surrounded by conventional suburban office parks, townhouse subdivisions, strip shopping centers, and the 443-acre National Geographic Society property. Following a DPZ Charrette Kentlands was rezoned to provide new neighborhoods and a regional commercial center. Designs were developed to integrate distinct and inflexible retail
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES with DUANY PLATER-ZYBERK AND COMPANY