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Oxford Apartments: From Office to Home

Join AIA|DC for a construction tour of the Oxford Apartments in Oxon Hill, MD. A short distance from National Harbor, The Oxford is the adaptive reuse of an existing office building. The building was converted from a 10 story, 200,000 sq. ft. office building to an 187 unit apartment building. With deep floor plates and generous ceiling heights, our team was able to transform a vacant building into market rate apartments with considerable common area spaces. The entire exterior skin was painted and resealed, and the entire interior layout completely reconfigured other than the existing core.

During this tour, participants will learn how the design and construction team (Soto Architecture and Urban Design + CBG + VIG) worked together to realize the complex renovation of what it takes to convert an office building to residential apartments on a conservative budget.

A brief presentation from the design team will be followed by a tour of the building.


After attending the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the multi-disciplinary coordination process of how to convert an existing office building into a residential building;
  • Explain the MEP systems that changed vs. systems that could be re-used when going from office to residential;
  • Summarize the unique challenges and benefits of designing desirable units within the existing office building framework; and
  • Discuss how to start designing a walk-able community within a heavily suburban complex.