Date: 30 Jun 2017
Cat: Affordable Housing, Mixed-Use Wood, Renovation

Beacon Center

Building Name: The Beacon

Address: 6100 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011

Type: Podium Wood, Type III, Housing/New Construction/Historic Renovation

Project Specs: 1175,000 SF (10,000 SF of office space), 99 units

Owner: The Community Builders
Architect: Torti Gallas Urban
Project Value: $33,000,000
Completed: October 2018

The Beacon, possibly the first affordable-housing church, is the most complex project Ellisdale has built to date. The building incorporated five use types: retail space, a community center, a gym, new church offices, a historic church sanctuary, and 99 wood-frame affordable housing apartments. All were built above two levels of below-grade parking. In addition to the building’s intricate usage designations, the project had three developers and four different funding sources.

The Beacon project was brought to Ellisdale at a late development stage because it was deemed too expensive and could not secure financing. Ellisdale value engineered the design, saving the project $2 million and putting it in a position to receive the necessary financing.

The project contained significant challenges across a range of areas, from coordination and financing to contracts and construction (cast-in-place concrete, historic preservation, and wood frame techniques.) Ellisdale was able to help a wide range of project stakeholders navigate these challenges to deliver a cost-effective, multi-use building on time and within budget.