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Arlington Building, Restaurant Win Industry Awards

by ARLnow.com — November 15, 2012 at 11:00 am 3,265 13 Comments

The Northern Virginia chapter of NAIOP, a commercial real estate development association, recognized two Arlington projects at its annual awards ceremony last night.

Epic Smokehouse, the new upscale barbecue restaurant at 1330 S. Fern Street in Pentagon City, won NAIOP’s “Award of Merit” in the “Best Interiors, Retail Project” category. The restaurant’s interior — which is heavy on wood, leather and concrete — was designed by Collective Architecture and built by rand* Construction Corporation.

Ballston’s new 800 North Glebe Road building, meanwhile, won NAIOP’s “Award of Excellence” for “Best Building, 4 Stories and Above.” The 10-story office building was developed by the JBG Companies, designed by Cooper Carry and built by Clark Construction.

The award ceremony was held last night in Tysons Corner.

“The event was sold out with over six hundred-fifty people in attendance as twenty-three awards were presented in the following categories: Transactions, Interiors, Marketing, Buildings and Membership,” according to a press release. “The Awards Dinner was an opportunity to celebrate significant new contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate community.”

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  • Walker

    That Bob Peck ‘nod’ still looks out of proportion to the rest of the building to me. I liked the idea of the reference, but it might have been a better building without it.

    • BoredHouseWife

      blasphemy!

      • HomeGrown

        +1

    • YTK

      I like it– others might think it looks like a a frilly petticoat. I miss Bob Peck’s- and now that Rosenthal is gone there is no Chevy dealership in the local area.

    • http://CummingsLeeds.com Rick Leeds

      Could not agree more. While the “nod”, as you call it, was an attempt to translate the Peck eyebrow it is out of proportion to the building and overpowers the contemporary design of the building. If I had to guess, believe the county planning staff had something to do with the addition.

  • newty25

    I believe they had to keep the Bob Peck front. And, apparently the only building in the “over 4 floors category” was the 800 N Glebe Building.

    So, it’s not only the best in that category, it also qualifies as the worst.

    • Walker

      I believe you’re correct – they HAD to keep the idea of the old Bob Peck front. I think that’s why it looks like it ended up looking tacked on to the building.

      • DCBuff

        There is no “had” to keep. This is where ArlCo “works” with developers–you give us those Peck triangles and a couple of mil, and we’ll let you go up a floor or two above current zoning.

  • This Little Piggy

    There was architecture? All I know is that gorged insanely on my first visit to Epic last Fri night.

  • Pat LaWho

    They wanted to pay homage to the Bob Peck dealership’s architecture (by incorporating the diamond crown into the building), which was part of the ’50s and ’60s Googie architecture movement. (Dulles Airport and LAX are as well). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googie_architecture

    • LPS4DL

      At last, some information in a desert of empty opinions…

    • sorta

      The “they” that wanted to pay homage to Bob Peck was not the developer or architect, but sentimental folks who think anything more than 10 years old is somehow “historic”.

      They made a stink about it, and the developer tacked it on (and yes, got a hell of a lot of height & bonus density one way or the other). I don’t mind it, but it doesn’t really fit the character of the building. I *do* like the marker shaped like the tail fin of an old Chevy that sits just N. of the building and has a little blurb about the old Peck dealership, and give the developer partial marks by replicating the diamond theme on the ‘parking’ sign.

  • lastcall

    Does anyone know who’s going into that space? 800 N. Glebe?

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