SPRINGHILL LAKE TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT Greenbelt, Maryland
In a collaboration, MGA and DPZ worked together with Olin Partnership and another architectural firm in a charrette format to design a new section of a historic planned community in suburban Maryland. Visible from I-495 and located within waking distance of the Green- belt Metro Station, the overall property is 165 acres and will contain several different housing types. Springhill Lake is an existing apartment complex of 2,899 apart- ment units on approximately 157 acres. AIMCO, the largest apartment owner in the country, plans to rede- velop the property in successive phases of approximate- ly 400 units each. A minimal number of existing apart- ment units will be demolished in each phase leaving the remaining existing apartments to produce income.
The DPZ-led master plan proposes a pedestrian path- way that connects to the Metro Station at the northwest edge of the site. The existing elementary school sits at the lowest point of the site; therefore, the master plan replaces the existing elementary school with a lake to function as storm water management, as well as to offer an amenity to the community. It also relocates the el- ementary school to the south end of the site, next to the existing middle school. The proposed plan maintains the existing thoroughfares and infrastructure. The urban design uses super-blocks with large apartment build- ings around the exterior and lower density units in the interior.
Within the development, MGA has designed 1,443 units in various configurations, including live-work housing consisting of 64 duplex apartments and flats above 38,000 S.F. of commercial; 72 units of loft-style condo- miniums, 699 units in three 5-story structures that feature
perimeter block housing surrounding parking (for a total of 1,200 cars), and 608 units in three 2-story towers above a common parking plinth. In addition, MGA has designed most of the public facilities in the development, including a visitor’s center, a community center, and site elements such as gazebos, bus shelters, newsstands and signage. Through its affiliated company, Michael Graves Design Group, MGA also provided graphic design services for the brand identity of the development, including signage and other environmental graphics, marketing materials and print graphics. MGDG and MGA named the various areas of the community and created identifying logos.
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES with DUANY PLATER-ZYBERK AND COMPANY