MICHAEL D. WATKINS, AIA, AICP, LEED AP RESUME Continued
types with a traditional main street. One of the objectives was to create a network of neighborhoods, allowing residents to walk from one to the other. The transition from neighborhood to regional retail was facilitated by higher density residential and three-story “live/work” buildings containing shops, offices, and apartments. The original homestead was made available for meetings, conferences, and weddings and the barn has been renovated as a Cultural Arts Center. New streets are an extension of Mr. Kent’s picturesque siting of his house, barns, and outbuildings. The Gatehouse neighborhood centers on a circle formed by the elementary school, a church, a corner store, a child-care facility, two rows of townhouses, and single-family homes. From this center a pattern of streets follows gently sloping landscape into the neighborhood. The Lake District includes three small residential neighborhoods, each located between wetland fingers and centered on wooded greens. Centered on the Kentlands Clubhouse, the Hill District overlooks the other neighborhoods and the lakes.
New Post (New Town), Fredericksburg, VA Principal-in-Charge and Lead Planner/Architect for New Post, a new town in Spotsylvania County, VA, within commuting distance of Washington D.C. and Richmond VA, and 5 miles from Fredericksburg at the intersection of US Rte 17 and Rte 2. This prominent intersection provides an excellent location for a town center with a variety of commercial uses to serve the neighborhoods and region. The 416-acre site was a gravel mine on the banks of the Rappahannock River. With the exception of the center and the edge, the entire site was lowered by the mining operation. At the center of the site is the original “Nottingham” farmhouse, which stands on an unexcavated knoll. To the north is a bermed man-made pond built as part of a mining operation, to the east is a steep natural bank overlooking the River. These prominent features were incorporated into two alternative master plans to create some dramatic results. Grand axes have been created leading up to the old house on the hill from many directions. The river and lake ridges have been embellished with specially designed townhouses and single-family houses that work with the unusual topography. The best elements of each plan are being incorporated into a final Master Plan for New Post. Both master plans propose a Regional Park on the River banks. Sites for a school as well as several churches have been reserved in each plan.
Downtown Master Plan, Gaithersburg, MD Principal-in-Charge and Lead Planner for the development of the only unbuilt parcel, located at Gaithersburg’s main intersection — Diamond and Summit Avenues, to be completed in two phases. In the first phase, the existing building will be renovated with two liner buildings built, providing 2-3 new apartments or 2000 S.F of commercial space or a combination of the two. The plan resulted in no loss of parking spaces. Phase II reshapes the existing parking lot, adds a public square, a garden, three live- work units and a liner building. The public square includes a clock tower, offering a home to the historic bell from an historic Gaithersburg church, benches, and a garden. The garden will include peonies, blue irises, and zoysia grass, a strain developed in Gaithersburg.
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES with DUANY PLATER-ZYBERK AND COMPANY