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A Month of Ground Breakings, Topping Outs, and Opening Celebrations


Lexington Marriott Griffin Gate Golf Resort and Spa Completes Renovation

Ribbon cutting celebrating the renovation completion at the Lexington Marriott Griffin Gate Golf Resort and Spa.

On April 8th, the Lexington Marriott Griffin Gate Golf Resort and Spa completed its $30 million renovation that began during the COVID-19 pandemic. MGAC’s Erica Killam provided project management services for the comprehensive renovation that included nearly every space on the property—renovations to guest rooms, presidential suites, conference and meeting rooms, lobby spaces, as well as the front entrance, atrium, spa, outdoor pool, fitness center, golf clubhouse, restaurant, and restrooms.


20 Mass Topping Out Celebration

Some of the 20 Mass project team including MGAC’s Mike Lee (third from left).

Capitol Hill’s newest mixed-use destination achieved an important milestone on April 13th, the 20 Mass redevelopment project hoisted the final beam atop the 427,190 SF building. The project team including The RMR Group, DPR Construction, and Leo A Daly, held a topping out celebration.

The project is on track to deliver in the Spring of 2023 and will consist of 13,830 SF of retail space at the ground level, a 271 guestrooms Royal Sonesta hotel on floors two through six, and 183,515 SF of office space on floors seven through 10.


Joy Evans Therapeutic Recreation Center Groundbreaking

Various project team members and council members including Muriel Bowser (center), Mayor of Washington, DC, and MGAC’s Mike Etherton (2nd from right), Project Manager for the Joy Evans Therapeutic Recreation Center.

Scheduled to be completed in the Summer of 2023, the new Joy Evans Therapeutic Recreation Center broke ground on April 20th with multiple council members and Mayor Muriel Bowser in attendance.

The $40.4M project will become the premier therapeutic recreation center in the region and will serve residents along the full spectrum of physical and cognitive abilities. Located on 7.5 acres, the 37,000 SF facility will include a new therapeutic pool and spa with locker rooms, gymnasium, senior room, caregiver room, therapy rooms, fitness room, tech lounge, sensory and community gardens, playgrounds with splash pads, and various pathways and walkways.


The Embrace Breaks Ground in Boston Common

(Left to Right) Artist Hank Willis Thomas, Public Art Manager Sam Giarratani, and MGAC’s Kris Collins.

On April 27th, we celebrated a major public art commission and public memorial project breaking ground in Boston Common, Americas oldest public park. MGAC is proudly serving Hank Willis Thomas’ studio, Songha & Co, to manage the business efforts including planning, fabrication, and installation of The Embrace, a 20’ high 65,000 lb. bronze sculpture that will be the first memorial project in decades inside the Common.

Hank Willis Thomas is teamed with MASS Design Group for the commission sponsored by King Boston and The Boston Foundation, and the sculpture is currently being fabricated by Walla Walla Foundry. Installation is expected later this year with a grand opening to the public planned for MLK Day 2023.

The sculpture is in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King and represents the photograph of them embracing and hugging. Last Wednesday’s groundbreaking took place on what would have been Coretta Scott King’s 95th birthday.


Kingdom Fellowship AME Church Opens to Public

In 2006, Rev. Matthew L. Watley had a vision to launch Kingdom Fellowship African Methodist Episcopal Church in the cafeteria of a local high school. Since then, the church has grown and expanded to include 5,000 members and subsequently outgrown its place of worship.

MGAC’s Marcus Hurley had the honor of providing project management services for the development of a 53,000 SF building containing a state-of-the-art sanctuary, chapel, worship support, fellowship hall, and community space. Over the weekend, the church held a Consecration Service to change the ordinary building into a House of God where they plan to continue to worship.

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