Graphisoft BIM Engine Blog Interviews Trout Design

Posted in Project News on November 17th, 2011 by admin

BIM Engine Blog

June 14, 2011

By: Marymosc

The team at Trout Design Studio, a full- service Architectural and Interior Design firm and long-time ArchiCAD user, is successfully expanding the firm’s scope of work from high-end, single family residential projects to include condominiums and apartment buildings.  As part of that expansion; Trout Design took on a renovation project with the Potomac Construction Group and Valor Development at the former Italian Embassy. Together, they’re transforming a historic landmark on 16th and Fuller St. NW in Washington DC into a luxury condominium project – called “Il Palazzo”.

The design creates a 110-115 condominium unit building with 75-100 parking spaces. There will be a semi-private outdoor pool and a residential tower on the corner of Mozart and Fuller that blends into its surrounding context. Trout Design has been working with the developer to preserve the exterior of the Italian Embassy as well as some of the more magnificent spaces inside: the grand foyer, monumental staircase, the ballroom, and the library.

Until today, the building had gone through many failed attempts at being developed. According to Trout Design owner Michael Beidler, they have managed to move more easily through the administrative process that goes along with working on a historical landmark and bring the project further than any of the three previous firms assigned.

I had a chance to speak with Trout Design owner, Michael Beidler and BIM manager on the project, Rob Robert, recently and find out what is the secret of their success on this project.

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Zoning Commission OKs project at old embassy site

Posted in Project News on November 7th, 2011 by admin

The Dupont Current

November 2, 2011

By: Brady Holt

Developers of the former Italian Embassy property in the Adams Morgan area received final Zoning Commission approval last Thursday to build more than 100 apartment units on the site.

The commission had offered preliminary approval for the Il Palazzo project in September, but noted concerns about parking and the possibility of future development blocking views from some units. Moving some of the apartments around within the building satisfied the commission, which voted 4-0 to let the project move forward.


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