The Gateway To A New Ward 8: Mayor Vincent C. Gray Breaks Ground On St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion Construction Project For District Residents and Vendors

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Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the Department of General of Services broke ground on St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion Project. The Gateway Pavilion is designed as flexible space that will accommodate food trucks, numerous vendors and community events.

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St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion Groundbreaking

“DGS is happy to be partnering with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to elevate a resource that will create jobs, build upon the sense of community in Ward 8 and beautify the District,” stated DGS Director Brian Hanlon.

Working together we can elevate the quality of life in the District for residents and visitors. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, US Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Councilmembers Marion Barry and Anita Bonds, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor L. Hoskins, Department of General Services Director Brian J. Hanlon and District residents broke ground on the St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion Construction Project.

“DGS is happy to be partnering with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to elevate a resource that will create jobs, build upon the sense of community in Ward 8 and beautify the District,” stated DGS Director Brian Hanlon. “This new development will help to revitalize the District’s economy by creating new opportunities for local small businesses.”

The Gateway Pavilion is designed as flexible space that will accommodate food trucks, numerous vendors and community events. The Gateway Pavilion is also designed to serve food-driven interim uses before the redevelopment of the site is complete, and will also provide space for community events, including farmers’ markets, theater productions, pop-up retail, tech space and educational programming.

“The Department of General Services has worked tirelessly for months with architects, designers and local contractors to get to this day,” said DGS Deputy Director of Capital Construction June Locker. “Our construction team is ready to get to work so that the St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion project can be completed on time and on budget.”

The structure and its programmatic elements are meant to activate the St. Elizabeths East Campus prior to the larger redevelopment with the intention of branding it as an asset for the community and a destination for the region by creating a strong and positive sense-of-place – adding value to the rest of the redevelopment efforts.

The Gateway Pavilion will include the following features:

  • Curb-side area to accommodate 6-10 food trucks
  • Approximately 16,300 square foot open air market; 3,300 square feet of enclosed space for year round occupancy, that will include a multi-purpose conference room and café area; 2,400 square feet of support space
  • Rooftop amphitheater area designed to approximately 150 individuals
  • Flexible vendor space, that accommodates up to 48 vendors, including 3 kiosk areas that are specially designed to accommodate tourism companies and other specialty service providers
  • Preserved “reading tree” on the southern portion of the site

The Gateway Pavilion will be constructed during Summer 2013. The construction is being managed by the Department of General Services and Davis Brody Bond LLP, while Robert Silman Associates PC and Kadcon Corp. is the design-build team.

For more information contact James Partlow at james.partlow(at)dc(dot)gov

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