As the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to lead to changes in the way spaces are designed, we at Soto have sought to research what this means for the future of senior living facilities in particular. Our team has compiled a summary of key design considerations to combat the spread of viral disease between residents and staff within such facilities. Click here to read more.
This document is a result of COVID-19 response research for Livingston Place at Southern Avenue, the first affordable assisted living facility to be built in Ward 8, DC.
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Research by Schola Eburuoh, NOMAS, Student Intern
Oxon Hill, Maryland has acquired a new communal amenity which has been long awaited for: The Shops at the Oxford. This development neighbors the newly renovated Oxford Apartments, also designed by Soto, and is among the only new developments in the area.
(Washington, DC, Ward 8) - Buwa Binitie, Managing Principal at Dantes Partners, kicked off the ceremonial groundbreaking of Livingston Place at Southern today by focusing on the pressing need for more affordable senior living options in Washington DC.
Today marks five years since the founding of Soto Architecture & Urban Design!
Over the past five years we have worked to design and construct meaningful projects that reflect the values of the communities we work in. Thank you to every fellow collaborator, client, consultant and community member who has worked with us along the way!
Developer/Owner: Varsity Investment Group
Builder: Buch Construction
Project Size: 16,000 SF total (2 buildings)
Project Type: Retail | New Construction
Completion date: 2019
The Shops at the Oxford is 16,000 SF of new retail construction located in 2 separate buildings. The site is located adjacent to the Oxford Apartments in Oxon Hill, MD, and will continue to grow the new community. Pedestrian connections to the residential building and an outdoor plaza allows for the start of a walkable neighborhood in a fairly suburban area.
We are excited to work with the Varsity Investment Group and Buch Construction to create this project.
Construction will be completed in 2019.
We are happy to announce that our office has been Certified as a Minority-Owned, Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in Maryland. Our Certification # is 18-310. We are very excited to receive this certification from MDOT and look forward to continue serving our clients in Maryland!
Developer/Owner: Varsity Investment Group
Builder: CBG Building Company
Project Size: 195 units | 10 stories | 215,705sf
Project Type: Multifamily | Market-rate/Workforce | Adaptive Re-use
Completion date: 12/2018
The Oxford is the adaptive re-use of an existing 10-story office building in Oxon Hill, MD. This is an exciting opportunity to enhance the built environment with quality market-rate and workforce residences in a sustainable and affordable manner.
Our team was brought during the Due Diligence phase to review existing conditions and to prepare a vision for the development.
The deep proportions of the office building allowed us to create elongated units with ample living/dining rooms and in-board bedrooms and dens. The existing ribbon windows are being preserved, and the bedrooms will be provided with a clerestory and glass doors for natural lighting.
We are excited to work with the same team we built the Varsity on K with: Varsity Investment Group, CBG Building Company, Engenium Group, Colonial Electric, Charles A. Klein & Sons, among others.
Our design goes in for permit in August and will start construction in November of this year.
We are excited to announce the renovation of The Century Apartments! This 1937 Art Deco building located in the Meridian Hill Historic District is being upgraded with brand-new electrical, plumbing & fire protection systems, new Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system at all apartments, new windows, kitchens, bathrooms and finishes throughout. The renovation also includes a new accessible entrance, the addition of a Penthouse with a roof deck & party room, and the reconfiguration of two 8th floor units into 2-level apartments.
Our team had prepared an early demo set and received approvals from DCRA to commence with selective demolition. Our team also presented the design and received approval from the Historic Preservation Review Board for the windows replacement, new entrance, and proposed penthouse addition. Two mock-up units were prepared for Owner's review of finishes and layout.
We are thrilled to work with Akelius and McCullough Construction on this phenomenal project!
Developer/Owner: Akelius, USA
Builder: McCullough Construction
Project Size: 90 units | 8 stories + Penthouse | 74,650sf
Project Type: Multifamily | Market-rate | Renovation
Completion date: 12/2017
Our project's completion has reached another milestone: Substantial Completion of Phase 1 which includes 121 apartments, Elevator #1 and common areas on the 1st and 3rd levels. Phase 2 is on schedule to be completed in the next weeks and includes the remaining apartments, elevator #2, garage levels and the new landscaped courtyard (pictured above). Our project has also received special attention from the media in recent days, including this article on the Washington Business Journal and this article on U.S. News. We are looking forward to a successful completion (and roasting marshmallows on the new fire bowl)!
The renovation at Varsity on K is 90% complete and is scheduled to be delivered on time and within budget. Our team has been punching an average of one level of apartments per week. We've also started punching corridors and back-of-the-house rooms. Finishes at the common areas are making great progress; platform lifts are installed, and the lobby is looking amazing! Exterior paint and improvements in the public space (landscaping, repair of brick pavers, etc) are complete. The landscaped courtyard has been planted and is only waiting to receive railings, furniture and a last coat of paint.
We are looking forward to a successful completion!
Developer/Owner: Mission First HDC, LA Bolden Co. and The Henson Development Co. + Prince George's County RDA
Builder: Bozzuto Construction
Project Size: 137 units | 6 stories | 111,350sf
Project Type: Active Adult Residences | Mixed-income | New Construction
Completion date: 2018
We are delighted to be part of the team selected as partners for the Suitland Senior Residences at Town Square, in Suitland, MD. This is an exciting opportunity to create a thriving and urban community in the heart of Prince George's County and accessible via Metro! Suitland Senior Residences is a key component of the Towne Square at Suitland Federal Center development, a 25-Acre masterplan developed by the Prince George's County Redevelopment Authority that includes 500+ Market-rate multi-family apartments, 80,000sf of retail, 219 townhomes, an Arts Center building, and a Town Square for Civic and community gatherings. The MNCPPC-approved masterplan located the senior building in an L-shaped site, directly accross the street from the Town Square, and adjacent to future townhomes.
Our firm has received re-certification as a Small, Local and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in the District of Columbia; our CBE # is LSDZ39696092019 expiration date: 09/30/2019.
We have also received registration as a DBE by DC's Department of Transportation and have started reciprocal certification in Maryland. Our DBE # is: 16-09-15-N.