On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the team went to the construction site of the future Suitland Senior. Suitland Senior is a senior development project consisting of 137 units in Suitland, Maryland. The development embraces new urbanism and the goals of mixed-use town centers. The building will soon face a town, which will encourage seniors to participate in civic and cultural activities. The building will provide many amenities to this future senior community, including social and medical services, many community rooms, especially on the upper-most level, and an outdoor roof garden.
Many members of the team haven’t seen the progress of this project since the schematic design stage, so it was an exciting visit. The team was able to see the bare structural core of the building, understanding the construction process, before dry-wall is applied and the building truly starts to come to life. The team was able to walk through the bare structural layout of the building, especially the units, and discuss the coordination of MEP systems in the building. They were also able to see the workers apply brick to the lower level, and then walk through the steel framed-first floor, and wood-framed upper levels.
“Being able to go to the construction site of Suitland Senior was a great experience. It is one thing to see the building on a page, but it is another to see it being built and the hard work and attention to detail that makes the buildings come to life. Seeing this project come to life, I am excited to see the development of this area and how it will bring a new life to Suitland and provide senior citizens with great opportunities.”
- Francesca Moschella, Architectural Intern
Along with the developers, Mission First HDC and Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority, and the builder, Bozzuto Construction, we are excited to see the continued progress of Suitland Senior and anxiously await the completion of the project!
Final touches are underway at 22 Light Street in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland. 22 Light Street will serve as an affordable residence, with a nine percent tax credit, to downtown Baltimore.
Last week, members of the Soto Team went to 22 Light Street to furnish and put a few final touches on the interiors, bringing the spaces to life. The history of the building has greatly driven the redesign of this building, down to the art work. It’s history is present throughout all of the common spaces throughout the building, especially in the lobby, corridors, and community rooms.
"Working with the team to bring 22 Light Street Apartments to life was an amazing design experience! All the furniture, décor and artwork provided a high quality aesthetic to each public area of the building. I look forward to the residents hosting an event in the Hunter’s Rye Club and enjoying a drink while admiring the Baltimore inspired art pieces that decorate the walls."
Soto is excited to announce and welcome Alina D'Andrade to our team as a junior intern for the next three weeks!
Alina is a rising junior from Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Maryland. Alina plays both varsity and club volleyball.
Alina’s favorite subject in school is math and she enjoys drawing and designing. Her love for art and design drives her interest in design and architecture.
FUN FACT: Alina skipped the eighth grade due to outstanding grades and advanced to high school early
The event opened with a welcome from Buwa Binitie, the Managing Principal from Dantes Partners. The welcoming speech was followed by remarks from many DC public officials, such as Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio and Chair of the Commission on Aging Guleford Bobo. Everyone was excited to welcome a new building type and opportunity for the older-generation into the District of Columbia. A community like Livingston Place can keep District of Columbia older residents in the district in their older years, and stop them from seeking assisted living outside of the district.
- Ken Filler, Project Coordinator
Since the start of the five year design and construction process of Livingston Place, Soto, along with Dantes Partners and Gilbane Development Co. has been eagerly anticipating the completion and grand-opening of this community and new archetype to enter Washington DC. During those five years, the Soto team has grown from five to over a dozen designers.
The five story community consists of 152 units and includes over 15,000 square feet of diverse amenity spaces to engage the residents and promote a sense of community. The building also has a commercial kitchen, equipped to provide every resident with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week. Along with the many indoor amenities and opportunities, residents can also leisurely enjoy the carved-out, landscaped central courtyard.
- Ken Filler, Project Coordinator
The Soto team is proud to have contributed to such a monumental project for the District of Columbia and is looking forward to seeing the community that grows in Livingston Place in the future.