CRAN: Custom Urban Two-Family Residence: A Construction Tour

Join AIA|PV and Capital Area CRAN for a construction tour and hear about trials and tribulations encountered by the architect and builders in tackling this complex custom infill project, a two-family flat located in the Capitol Hill Historic District, within the viewshed of the Capitol Building. The architect and general contractor will speak to the processes they’ve encountered thus far and convey a wealth of knowledge gained in dealing with clients, neighbors, and regulatory agencies toward realizing a successful project. Hear about structural and environmental challenges encountered, how design and other issues were resolved, and lessons learned while touring the building site, now under construction.

Located two blocks south of Capitol South Metro (blue/orange/silver lines). Parking nearby is very limited.

Tour: 4:30 – 6:00pm
Discussion and networking: 6:00 – 6:30pm

Presented by: Jonathan Kuhn, AIA - Architect, and George Papaheraklis - FineCraft Contractors, Inc., General Contractor

Organized by: AIA Potomac Valley CRAN Committee for the Capital Area CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network, an AIA Knowledge Community), a tri-chapter committee founded jointly by AIA|DC, AIA Northern Virginia and AIA Potomac Valley.

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Learn about the many challenges encountered during the design and pre-construction phases of this infill project, which was subject to multiple layers of review and approval, including by the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS), Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the DC Historic Preservation office;
  • Learn about additional challenges met in accommodating multiple family members’ needs and requirements (the parents/owners; and their two adult children and their young families/the building occupants) as well as neighbors’ concerns;
  • Hear about difficult site issues, including wet soil/groundwater issues, removal of a mature tree that straddled a neighboring property, and limited site access due to lack of a rear alley, and how they were resolved;
  • Understand firewall and other structural issues related to building a new two-family residential building between two existing rowhouses; and
  • Understand the complexities of creating high-quality dwelling space below ground level while meeting zoning code requirements regarding building height, sprinklers, egress, and areaways.