FROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Washington DC residents and dignitaries celebrated today the groundbreaking for the new Gateway Pavilion on the historic Saint Elizabeths East campus. The 16,000 sf structure designed by Davis Brody Bond is located at the center of the District of Columbia’s Congress Heights neighborhood in Ward 8 and will become home to the new, iconic Pavilion, a multi-purpose structure with an open-air fresh market, dining areas, pop-up retailers opportunities in addition to other community and cultural events.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray stated “Today is a day I have long anticipated, along with many other District government officials, business leaders and everyday residents. This groundbreaking ceremony marks the start of implementation of a vision we’ve shared for St. Elizabeths East, Ward 8 and the entire East End of our city…”
Peter D. Cook, AIA NOMA, director of Davis Brody Bond’s Washington, DC office and principal-in-charge of the project, noted that while small, the Pavilion will make a monumental difference to this community adding that ”the people of Congress Heights have long deserved a project that celebrates the resilience, wonderful spirit and lofty aspirations of the Ward 8 community. With today’s groundbreaking, we are one step closer to that realization.”
In addition to community-based activities, the Pavilion will serve the 4,000 US Coast Guard employees who will begin moving into the new headquarters building located on the adjacent Saint Elizabeths West campus. The new structure is scheduled to open this fall and serve as a catalyst for implementation of the master plan vision, transforming Saint Elizabeths East into a mixed-use development “that will function as a marketplace of ideas, innovation and commercialization; connect business, academe, entrepreneurial, and government ventures; serve as a catalyst for economic development and growth; and support security advances including critical infrastructure, energy, and sustainable technologies and practices.”