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With $11.5 billion in development projects in progress, major openings and renovations continue to enliven Washington, DC in 2018 and beyond.
National Law Enforcement Museum
The 55,000-square-foot (approx. 5,110 square meters) museum opens October 13, 2018 in Judiciary Square using interactive exhibits, engaging programming and more than 21,000 artifacts to connect visitors to the American law enforcement experience. lawenforcementmuseum.org
The 2.2 million-square-foot (about 204,390 meters) LEED sustainable development will create three new city blocks (seven acres) between Union Station and Capital One Arena, on top of the I-395 Center Leg Freeway near the National Building Museum. The mixed-use $1.3 billion development will open in phases, with its first delivery in 2018 and the final in 2020. capitolcrossingdc.com
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The Kennedy Center will add 2,500-square-feet (about 230 square meters) of new performance space, 7,500-square-feet (697 meters) of pre-function and event space with new art installations and digital advancements as well as a terrace for up to 1,600 people and a scenic walkway. kennedy-center.org
The 10-acre luxury mixed-use development is home to high-end shops and eateries. Phase two is expected to deliver in 2019 and includes 30,000-square-feet (approx. 3,066 meters) of additional retail space and the $250 million, 360-room Herzog & de Meuron-designed Conrad Hotel with a restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio.
Lincoln Memorial Expansion
The National Park Service has announced plans for a $25 million renovation of the 95-year-old memorial, adding new services and design to enhance the visitor experience, including the activation of space below the monument. Completion is expected prior to the centennial of the Lincoln Memorial’s dedication in 2022.
The United States World War One Centennial Commission began construction on a dedicated U.S. WWI Memorial in November. The memorial commemorates the 100th anniversary of the war’s end and honors the 4.7 million servicemen and women. It is scheduled to open in November 2018 in Pershing Park.
The 555-foot tall (about 169 meters) iconic obelisk is expected to reopen in spring 2019 with a new elevator system and visitor experience as part of a $10.8 million project.
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In downtown DC’s Mount Vernon Square, a $122.5 million mega-complex is being erected across from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Apple’s future flagship store at Carnegie Library. The mixed-use development incorporates 15 historic buildings from the turn of the last century, including one 880-ton building that was moved 34 feet. It is scheduled to open late 2018/early 2019.
The 480,000-square-foot hotel and apartment building will feature a Courtyard by Marriott with 357 rooms, a Residence Inn with 147 rooms and more than 200 apartments near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in early 2019.
Audi Field at Buzzard Point
Washington, DC’s professional soccer team, DC United, will have a new $300 million state-of-the art stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest. The venue will seat 20,000 and include 31 luxury suites, a bike valet, and 500,000 square feet of mixed-use retail and residential space. DC United’s first home game at Audi Field takes place July 14. audifielddc.com
11th Street Bridge Park
Washington, DC’s first elevated public park is under construction on the piers of the old 11th Street Bridge spanning the Anacostia River. Visitors and locals will enjoy an amphitheater, picnic gardens, interactive art and waterfalls among many other attractions and events that help create a public gathering space. The park is expected to open by late 2019. bridgepark.org
Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge
The District will replace the existing Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. Projected to open in 2021, the bridge will provide more connectivity across the Anacostia River and will include public space as well as bike and pedestrian lanes. newfrederickdouglassbridge.com
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