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11/22/2021 | Firm News

BKV Group-Designed Woodlawn Fire Station Completed in Mount Vernon, Virginia

The $9.5 million facility targeting LEED Gold certification replaces a smaller station that was built more than 50 years ago, bringing state-of-the-art emergency readiness and enhanced emergency medical rescue services to Fairfax County.

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11/18/2021 | Firm News

BKV Group Completes Design of Artspace Silver Spring in Suburban Washington, D.C.

An affordable mixed-use community in Silver Spring, Maryland, the project transformed a former police station site into affordable housing and studio space for local artists.

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11/01/2021 | Firm News

Associate and Architectural Designer, Ellie Ziaie, Selected to AIA Next to Lead Program

Ellie was 1 of 17 diverse women to participate in a national AIA program that supports diverse future female leaders in the architecture profession.

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10/29/2021 | Social Media

Chris Palkowitsch Takes Part in MREJ Senior Housing Summit

BKV Partner, Chris Palkowitsch, was a featured panelist at the Minnesota Real Estate Journal’s 15th Annual Senior Housing Summit, discussing new design elements reshaping senior living options, construction trends impacting the sector, and our recent and notable work for 55+ senior living communities across the country. 

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10/22/2021 | Social Media


BKV Government Practice Leader and Senior Partner, Bruce Schwartzman, and Associate and Senior Project Architect, Michael Healy (shown here), spoke with first responders at the 2021 Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association conference.

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10/21/2021 | Social Media

Inaugural Partnership Between AIA CAE and EDspaces

For the first time, the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has partnered with the EDspaces Conference to design an experiential outdoor classroom with BKV Group Senior Associate and Senior Interior Designer, Margaret Lafferty, part of the national team of architects and designers helping shape this unique environment.

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10/20/2021 | Social Media

Mary Riley Styles Library Project Page Now Live

We invite you to take a look at the recently completed addition and renovation project at Mary Riley Styles Public Library that created a community anchor for the Falls Church, Virginia neighborhood.

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10/19/2021 | Social Media

2021 BKV Brand Book

For all things BKV – people, culture, committees, mission, and history – check out our new and enhanced Brand Book which represents what our firm stands for and what impacts we wish to have on communities nationwide. 

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10/18/2021 | Social Media

Woodlawn Receives 2021 James M. Scott Exceptional Design Award

Congratulations to our team for receiving the 2021 James M. Scott Exceptional Design Award for Woodlawn Fire Station 24 in Fairfax County, Virginia! 

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10/14/2021 | Social Media

The Latest on the New Library in Dakota County

Dakota County, along with BKV Group, is planning a potential new library in South Saint Paul. With a first phase of public engagement just completed, our team of architects and designers incorporated feedback into schematic design strategies that were shared at a public open house on November 10th.

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10/14/2021 | Social Media

Staying Busy in Salt Lake City

BKV with Alta Terra Real Estate is excited to announce the recent closing of another amazing property in Salt Lake City (extending off our current co-living project in the Sugarhouse neighborhood). This closing is in the Trolley Square neighborhood, and it will be a combination of adaptive re-use and redevelopment.

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10/13/2021 | Social Media

A New Student Living Community in South Carolina

This newly constructed off-campus community draws inspiration from the scenery of South Carolina and pays homage to the university’s historic campus. Soft, natural colors combined with wood accents and greenery allow residents to feel immersed in the natural beauty of South Carolina.

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10/12/2021 | Social Media

Final Photography at Detroit Lakes

This recently completed project was constructed within the city’s downtown district, and has since become an integral part of the City’s long-range masterplan for the area, providing much needed office space for administration, investigations, and patrol, along with secure evidence processing and storage.

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10/08/2021 | Social Media

Office Transformation at 451 Hungerford Drive

Currently our interiors team members in DC are renovating a seven-story office building to upgrade its spaces while occupants are working remotely and reimagining the building’s lobby (shown here) to compete with a new Class A office structure across the street.

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10/07/2021 | Social Media

Architectural Designer, Joe Iglesias, Named 2022 AIA Dallas COTE Vice Chair

We are excited and proud to announce that the incoming 2022 AIA Dallas COTE Vice Chair (and 2023 Chair) is BKV Group Architectural Designer, Joe Iglesias! Joe believes in taking a holistic approach to his projects, while developing environmentally sustainable designs that improve individual wellness, economic, and social conditions of the surrounding communities he works within.

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10/05/2021 | Social Media

New project going up in San Antonio

With our developer partner Weston Urban, we are proud to announce the latest project update on The Continental – a ground-up, mixed-use development in downtown San Antonio designed via light gauge steel construction.

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09/30/2021 | Social Media

Beckert’s Park Recognized for Excellence in Construction

Beckert’s Park was honored with the Association Builders and Contractors (ABC) Metro Washington’s Excellence in Construction Awards in the Mixed-Use, Over $50M category.

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09/27/2021 | Social Media

David Banta Lends Senior Living Expertise to Multifamily

In the latest issue of Multifamily Executive Magazine, BKV Senior Living Practice Leader, David Banta, notes that rehabilitated structures positioned for market-rate residences offer “a good option as places to age gracefully within an urban context, [providing] access and walkability to lakes, rivers, trails, city parks, and other downtown amenities.”

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09/24/2021 | Social Media

CCA Minneapolis Wins NAIOP Award of Excellence

BKV Group is thrilled to announce that our City Club Apartments CBD Minneapolis project was honored with the NAIOP Minnesota Award of Excellence for providing a timeless design at 10th Street and Marquette Avenue.

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09/16/2021 | Social Media

Rob Muller Provides Workplace Insights for Healthy Buildings

Senior Design leader, Rob Muller, provided recent insight to Chicagoland Buildings & Environments about our firm’s heightened “focus on how important it is that buildings are healthy” regarding physical, psychological, and social well-being.

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09/09/2021 | Social Media

Green Space Complementing Social Space at The Fynn

At The Fynn in Chicago, amenity and social spaces are seamlessly integrated withgreen space and green roofs to provide a level of design that raises a community’s overall impact on residents and the surrounding context.

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09/08/2021 | Social Media

New on – Our Purpose

For us, passion is an output, and BKV’s culture and design initiatives are centered on inclusivity and supporting the next generation. Read about BKV’s on-going efforts to contribute and improve our communities.

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09/07/2021 | Firm News

Mary Riley Styles Public Library Reopens Following BKV Group-Designed Renovation & Expansion

Mary Riley Styles Public Library, a staple of the Falls Church, Va., community since 1957, reopened its doors this week following a nearly 18-month renovation and expansion designed by BKV Group.

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09/03/2021 | Social Media

Sneak Peak at CCA CBD Detroit

Encircled by the iconic Detroit People Move and adjacent to Grand Circus Park, this new market-rate community in downtown Detroit offers 13,000-square-feet of apartments and penthouses, a restaurant, pet store, and gourmet market.

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09/02/2021 | Social Media

Jonathan Butler-Knutson – New IIDA Vice President of Membership!

We are happy to announce that Interior Designer, Jonathan Butler-Knutson, from our Washington, DC practice site has officially joined the IIDA Mid Atlantic Chapter (IIDAMAC) Board of Directors as the Vice President of Membership.

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09/01/2021 | Social Media

Liza Kapisak Discusses Apartment Design Strategies at MREJ’s Annual Mid-Year Conference

Liza took part in the “Emerging Trends in Apartment Interior Design” session where she spoke to work-from-home units, amenity redesign in a post-pandemic world, and how best to navigate lead times on FF&E and construction materials. 

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08/30/2021 | Social Media

525 South Wabash Proceeds to Next Stage of Development

The BKV-designed 525 South Wabash project has cleared an important hurdle in the entitlements process, being unanimously approved by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development in August.

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08/27/2021 | Social Media

Rob Muller Featured in Forbes Article Focused on New Workplace Design

Senior Design Leader, Rob Muller, was quoted in a new Forbes article focused on how the workplace might pivot towards residential design for their office returns.

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08/26/2021 | Social Media

BKV’s Design Inspiration

We’ve always taken pride in our design culture, and one of the inspirations for our design “ethos” has been Scandinavian design – something which our founder and CEO, Jack Boarman, has spearheaded having explored present-day, world-class Scandinavian cities.

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08/24/2021 | Social Media

BKV at SDC 2021

BKV’s fire station design leaders attended the annual Firehouse Magazine Station Design Conference where Henry Pittner presented about the importance of soft costs, and Craig Carter presenting about the importance of project studies.

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08/23/2021 | Social Media

David Banta Spearheads Sessions at EFA 2021

At this year’s Environments for Aging Expo & Conference, BKV Group’s Senior Living Practice Leader, David Banta, gave two presentations: the first on “Innovations in Senior Living Design Research,” and the second on how to “Create a Resilient Community, Reduce Costs, and Be an Agent for Environmental Change.”

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08/20/2021 | Social Media

Progress at Piazza Terminal

Our next Philadelphia project, Piazza Terminal, is coming to life and bringing a new mixed-use/market-rate community to the Northern Liberties neighborhood.

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08/18/2021 | Social Media

Final Photography at 240 Park Avenue

Introducing our latest residential community in Minneapolis: 240 Park Avenue. This 17-story, 204-unit mixed-use development has an impactful urban presence with an especially strong focus on the pedestrian experience.

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08/17/2021 | Social Media

Broad & Washington Making Waves in Philly

BKV is taking market-rate housing to new heights in Philadelphia with permits officially issued for Broad & Washington – a project situated at one of the busiest and most prominent intersections in South Philadelphia. 

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08/16/2021 | Social Media

Mike Krych Highlights Trend-Setting Affordable Housing Projects in Affordable Housing Business

BKV Senior Design Leader, Mike Krych, contributing insights to an “Affordable Meets Luxury In the Midwest” article, detailing specific approaches for incorporating multi-family trends into next-generation affordable living projects.

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08/13/2021 | Social Media

At the Forefront of Hospitality Industry Trends

Check out our latest Hospitality brochure to see where our expertise and experience lies for an industry looking to rebound.

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08/06/2021 | Social Media

BKV Hospitality Leaders Attend AAHOA

Our Dallas hospitality team attended the AAHOA Convention to network with developers and owners/operators working in the hospitality industry.

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08/05/2021 | Social Media

Chris Palkowitsch Takes Part in Active Adult Summit

Our senior living leadership team contributed to InterFace’s Active Adult summit held in Dallas, Texas with BKV Partner, Chris Palkowitsch being a featured panelist during a highly engaging session titled “The Architecture, Design and Construction Considerations for Active Adult.” 

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08/04/2021 | Social Media

Kelly Naylor Discusses Pandemic-Influenced Changes on Multifamily with UNITS Magazine

BKV Interior Design Leader, Kelly Naylor, contributed insights to the National Apartment Association’s UNITS Magazine on what’s in and what might be out for future residential environments.

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08/02/2021 | Thought Leadership

Rewriting a Classic: How to Thoughtfully Renovate a Beloved Library

The library is an integral part of our lives – as a place, and as a resource. Yet, when the library building is so beloved, what do you do when it is time for a change?

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07/27/2021 | Social Media

University Center Receives 2021 Innovator Award

BKV Group was honored to be awarded at the 2021 Student Housing Business Innovator Awards for our transformative University Center project in Chicago which earned top marks in the “Best Renovation of an Existing Project” category.

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07/23/2021 | Social Media

CCA Kansas City Reaches Completion

In the booming Kansas City region, this project sets the bar incredibly high for a new type of downtown residential experience embedded within a thriving arts, theater, and food epicenter.

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07/20/2021 | Social Media

BKV’s San Antonio Project Seeks Conceptual Approval

BKV Group is designing a new ground-up, mixed-use development in downtown San Antonio – a unique project that will bring in a 15-story, market-rate tower, plus refurbish the historic Continental Hotel and renovate the Arana building.

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07/19/2021 | Social Media

Kelly Naylor and Megan Van Beck Discuss Student Wellness with Multi-Housing News

Both were interviewed in Multi-Housing News about “What’s Shaping Student Housing Design,” discussing how BKV Group is placing greater emphasis on physical and mental health within student living environments.

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07/14/2021 | Firm News

Executive Appointments Bolster BKV Group’s Growing National Design Practice

Industry veterans join our holistic firm to support continued expansion across project sectors and disciplines.

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07/13/2021 | Social Media

BKV Assembles Before/After Stories Focused on Multi-Family Repositioning

BKV Group is an industry-leader in multi-family, market-rate repositioning with our work attracting national-level recognition and clientele. From small renovations to extensive redevelopments, our team will work with any project size or budget.

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07/12/2021 | Social Media

BKV Debuts “Student Health & Wellness”

Leading into the InterFace Student Housing Conference, we’d like to announce the release of a brand new thought leadership piece highlighting our design strategies surrounding Student Health & Wellness. 

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07/10/2021 | Firm News

Ingham County Breaks Ground on New BKV Group-Designed Justice Complex

$70 million development will house the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, Correctional Facility, and 55th District Court facilities

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07/09/2021 | Social Media

Mike Krych Sits Down with Affordable Housing Business

In the May/June issue of Texas Multifamily & Affordable Housing Business, Senior Design Leader, Mike Krych, was interviewed about how affordable housing developers in Texas can use a variety of programs and incentives to bridge the gap between tax credit equity and construction costs.

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07/07/2021 | Social Media

Rob Muller Addresses Union League of Chicago

Rob Muller Addresses Union League of Chicago Senior Design Leader and Managing Partner, Robert Muller, spoke to a Union League Club of Chicago on July 29th about “Designing for the Work-Life Spectrum.”

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07/06/2021 | Social Media

The Legends of Minnetonka and The Preserve at Shady Oaks Buildings Go Solar

Via drone, we can see how this affordable / independent senior living project features solar panels on all roof tops.

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07/05/2021 | Thought Leadership

Revitalizing Existing Environments

BKV Group’s Interior Design team contributes to renovations across our five sectors with projects of varying size and scale. Read the stories behind the repositioning and renovation work BKV has recently completed.

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06/30/2021 | Social Media

BKV Celebrates CCA Grand Opening in Detroit

BKV Group celebrated the grand opening of City Club Apartments CBD Detroit – a new, mixed-use, urban lifestyle residential community in Detroit’s re-emerging downtown.

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06/28/2021 | Firm News

Beckert’s Park Completed in Washington, D.C.

A 2.75-acre mixed-use project bringing 325 luxury apartments and a new 60,000-square-foot Safeway grocery store to a prominent corner in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of DC.

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06/25/2021 | Social Media

Robert Ewert Featured in Workplace-Focused CommercialCafé

BKV Group’s Corporate/Commercial Practice Leader, Robert Ewert, was recently featured in a CommercialCafe article where workplace experts discussed what the future of office spaces will look like.

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06/24/2021 | Social Media

Jonathan Delcambre Takes Part in Real Estate Journal’s Multifamily Summit

Senior Design Leader, Jonathan Delcambre, was a featured panelist at the RE Journals Dallas/Fort Worth Multifamily Summit in the “Developing, Designing and Building a Successful Project” session.

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06/23/2021 | Social Media

Exemplary Design Honor Given to Fridley Public Safety Campus

The Firehouse Magazine Station Design Awards (SDA) exemplify the best in fire station and training facility designs and renovations across the country. In the sixth edition of these awards, the BKV Group-designed Fridley Public Safety Campus won Bronze in the Mixed-use Facility Category.

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06/22/2021 | Social Media

Automatic Lofts Pushes Forward with New Renderings

In recent months, BKV Group has been working on a student housing refresh project in Chicago’s West Loop.

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06/21/2021 | Social Media

Pioneering in Engineering at Duffey Lofts

BKV Group tells the story of how our firm constructed the very first Peikko Group Corporation DELTABEAM® project in Minnesota at the in-progress Duffey Lofts project in Minneapolis.

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06/20/2021 | Social Media

In-Progress Transformation at the City of Independence

A substantial transformation is in-progress with the BKV Group team spearheading the city hall renovation project that will create a sense of welcome with expansive daylight and views to Pioneer Creek.

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06/16/2021 | Social Media

Liza Kapisak Describes Interior Design Strategies in Senior Housing Business

Director of Interior Design, Liza Kapisak, was a major contributor to an article just issued by Seniors Housing Business titled, “Interior Designers Seek Perfect Balance.”

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06/15/2021 | Social Media

CCA Minneapolis Honored with Diversity and Design Awards

We are excited to announce that BKV Group was honored with two awards at this year’s IIDA Illinois RED Awards – both for our City Club Apartments CBD Minneapolis project which won in the Multifamily and DEI design award categories.

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06/14/2021 | Social Media

BKV at the 2021 NMHC Annual Meeting

Managing Partners Jack Boarman, Mike Krych, and Jonathan Delcambre, along with our business development team members, had a very successful conference in sunny San Diego at the 2021 NMHC Annual Meeting.

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06/08/2021 | Social Media

BKV at the 2021 Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association’s Summer Conference

Our jail and law enforcement experts Bruce Schwartzman and DuWayne Jones shared their years of experience with sheriffs at the Minnesota Sheriffs’​ Association’s Summer Conference.

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06/08/2021 | Social Media

Jack Boarman Discusses Student Housing Market in UNITS

Senior Practice Leader and Managing Partner, Jack Boarman, spoke with author, Barbara Ballinger, about how the student housing sector is adapting to pandemic-related challenges.

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06/01/2021 | Social Media

BKV Workshop Making a Difference in Minneapolis

BKV Workshop – our internal design outreach group specializing in social impact projects – recently helped prepare a site in Minneapolis for the installation of a community sculpture envisioned by the artist Angela Two Stars and the Native American Community Development Institute.

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05/21/2021 | Social Media

Elk River Fire Station #3 Groundbreaking

The station, located near Twin Lakes Elementary, will provide fire services to the eastern part of Elk River and will be essential in maintaining response times after the Highway 169 Redefine project.

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05/20/2021 | Social Media

The Next Project Profile Showcases Abiitan

We’ve continued building our Project Profile Collection with a new piece focused on the senior living development, Abiitan. Constructed on a downtown site, Abiitan creates intimate connections between the building, the river, and the broader Twin Cities context. 

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05/18/2021 | Social Media

BKV’s Light Gauge Steel Construction Process Saves Time and Costs

ConnectCRE published a story on how BKV Group employed a light gauge steel construction process on Modera Katy Trail, yeilding the most cost-efficient and high-density system for the site.

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05/15/2021 | Social Media

Take a Deep Dive Look into Interior Design

BKV Group’s interior design solutions focus on telling an authentic story – something we’ve captured in our latest Look Book that showcases our dynamic cross-section of interior design projects:

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05/14/2021 | Firm News

Modera Katy Trail Tops Off in Uptown Dallas

Developed with Mill Creek Residential, the 216-unit mid-rise apartment tower is slated for delivery in spring 2022.

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05/14/2021 | Social Media

Marquee Makeover

Our interior design team captured the in-progress transformation of Marquee – one our latest student housing renovation projects located in Orlando, Florida.

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05/12/2021 | Social Media

Spotlight on Engineering

Our multidisciplinary firmyields such areas of expertise such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and structural engineering – all of which are showcased in our latest Engineering Spotlight brochure here.

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05/04/2021 | Social Media

F&C Awards Rochester North Service Center and Police Station

We are proud to announce that the BKV Group-designed Rochester North Service Center and Police Station has been named a Top Project of 2020 by Finance & Commerce.

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04/30/2021 | Thought Leadership

The BKV Brief: Affordable Housing

An at-a-glance view of our latest affordable housing projects and thought leadership pieces from April 2021.

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04/30/2021 | Social Media

Construction Begins on the Federal Fire Station at the Y-12 Security Complex

In Oak Ridge, Tennessee at the Y-12 National Security Complex (part of the National Department of Energy), BKV Group began construction on replacing a 1947 structure with a new emergency operations center.

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04/30/2021 | Social Media

BKV Group Assists Stearns County in Weighing Options

In the Star Tribune, an April article focused on the future of the Stearns County jail facility with Partner Henry Pittner quoted about how best to potentially renovate the law enforcement center.

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04/29/2021 | Social Media

Jonathan Delcambre Named Jury Member at CTBUH Annual Awards

At this year’s Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat – CTBUH Tall + Urban Innovation Conference (happening May 18-20), Partner and Senior Design Leader, Jonathan Delcambre, is a juror for the 2021 CTBUH Annual Awards, evaluating the Awards of Excellence winners. 

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04/27/2021 | Social Media

Phase 2A Completed at The Fynn

Our design team wrapped up the design of the model units for The Fynn this month – a new market-rate development located in Elmhurst, Illinois. Shown here are the one and two-bedroom model units which reflect the sleek and modern look of the brand.

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04/26/2021 | Social Media

Ingham County Justice Complex Breaks Ground

The event ushers in an exciting time for the project which will allow the existing building to remain operational during construction, and take advantage of the site’s sloping grades to allow for a public entrance above the jail, and positioning the core spaces towards a plaza to provide ample daylight into the facility.

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04/23/2021 | Social Media

MFE Spotlights the Clubroom at CCA Minneapolis

Multi-Family Executive Magazine showcased the “cabin in the sky” clubroom at City Club Apartments CBD Minneapolis, highlighting how the high-rise gathering area embraces its state’s roots and invites residents to “take a trip up north” to the top floor which recalls authentic Minnesota cabin details. 

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04/14/2021 | Social Media

Artspace Silver Spring Featured in AHB

The latest issue of Affordable Housing Business zeroes in on how to convert aging buildings into affordable housing, and how it can be a “big win for developers, economic development agencies and preservationists.”

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04/09/2021 | Firm News

BKV Group Expands Library Practice

As part of National Library Week, BKV Group is excited to announce that we are designing a new library in Howard Lake, Minnesota, extending off recent work at Wadena Library also in Minnesota, and the nearly completed Mary Riley Library in Virginia.

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04/06/2021 | Social Media

Jack Boarman and Mike Krych Speak with BuildingGreen on Office-to-Housing Conversions

Senior Partners Jack Boarman and Michael Krych weighed in on this emerging project type with BuildingGreen detailing how you can create an end product that can become “a catalyst to anchor and spur continued development.” Read more about how repurposing historic office build­ings to housing is increasingly valuable in the latest “Spotlight Report.”

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04/02/2021 | Social Media

Chris Palkowitsch Interviewed in UNITS Magazine on Innovations in Parking Garages

In the latest issue of the National Apartment Association’s UNITS Magazine, Partner and Senior Project Architect, Chris Palkowitsch, was interviewed about design strategies guiding apartment parking garages, with garages themselves undergoing interesting changes of late and developers reexamining where best to construct them.

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03/31/2021 | Social Media

Dynamic Affordable Housing Project Now in Design Development

We are proud to announce that our Shelby Commons project is now in the design development phase to bring 46 affordable housing units to Minneapolis (using a 9% tax credit), with seven of the units set aside for high-priority residents who have experienced homelessness, and five units reserved for people with disabilities.

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03/30/2021 | Thought Leadership

The BKV Brief: Senior Housing

An at-a-glance view of our latest senior housing projects and thought leadership pieces from March 2021.

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03/30/2021 | Social Media

Liza Kapisak to Steer REJournal Panel

As a silver sponsor at the annual RE Journals Minnesota Apartment Summit on April 29th, we are excited to announce that Director of Interior Design (MSP) and Associate Partner, Liza Kapisak, will moderate a panel during the stalwart industry event being held in person and virtually. 

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03/26/2021 | Social Media

The Penfield Honored with a 2021 Fitwel Best in Building Heath Award

The Penfield in St. Paul, MN is a 2021 honoree in the annual Fitwel Best in Building Health Awards. The Penfield is the very first market-rate residential property in the state to receive a Fitwel rating, a measure of how well a building meets the health and wellness needs of its occupants.

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03/25/2021 | Social Media

Detroit Lakes Police Station Nearing Completion

The 21,000-square-foot building in Minnesota will provide much needed operational space for a growing department, as well as create unique opportunities to support the needs of those who serve us. 

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03/24/2021 | Social Media

Joan Sizemore Juries NEWH Green Voice Design Competition

Director of Interior Design (DAL) and Senior Associate, Joan Sizemore, partook as a judge in the annual NEWH (The Hospitality Network) Green Voice Design Competition, evaluating student design submissions which focused on “utilizing the very best in sustainable design products and practices.” 

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03/22/2021 | Culture

Women In Construction Week 2021

As part of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8th), we are honoring our team members who are construction leaders at BKV Group during Women In Construction Week.

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03/22/2021 | Firm News

BKV Group Hires Kobita Mukherjee as Director of Interior Design for Washington DC Practice Site

We announced today that Kobita Mukherjee has joined the firm as director of interior design and associate partner for our Washington, D.C. practice site. In this role, Kobita will support the firm’s continued growth in the hospitality sector both locally and nationally – working with clients to create world-class environments that are reflective of their brands.

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03/18/2021 | Social Media

Student Housing Business Quotes Rob Muller

Featured in Student Housing Business’s round up of the latest themes in design, Partner Robert Muller was quoted on behalf of our CA Ventures Dinkytown project in Minneapolis, highlighting how we’re bringing students together, while also giving them room to breathe.

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03/04/2021 | Social Media

Phase One Complete at The Fynn

With LMC, A Lennar Company, BKV Group is through the phase one install of The Fynn in the outer-rim Chicago suburb of Elmhurst. Featuring artful interior elements and blending comfort with modern aesthetics, The Fynn creates a high-end, yet approachable residential experience.

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02/28/2021 | Thought Leadership

The BKV Brief: Market-Rate Housing

An at-a-glance view of our latest market-rate housing projects and thought leadership pieces from February 2021.

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02/24/2021 | Social Media

New Photography at New Brunswick

Developed with Landmark Properties and serving students of Rutgers University, this beautifully designed building also includes 4,480-square-feet of amenity space, with retail space on the ground floor, and parking for 111 vehicles.

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02/22/2021 | Social Media

Stunning Views at The Standard at Bloomington

Providing us with a creative spark are the interior and exterior clubrooms of The Standard – one of our latest student housing projects with Landmark Properties in Bloomington, Indiana. The integration of hospitality elements and the seamless indoor/outdoor connection creates a high-end design experience that accommodates a range of activities benefiting the whole student.

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02/16/2021 | Social Media

Project Profile Brochure Available for 525 South Wabash Avenue

In Chicago, BKV Group is in the planned development phase with Interforum and Eterra Plus of a dynamic, mixed-use development in the Near South Side – 525 South Wabash Avenue. For in-depth look at this impactful, two-tower project, view our newest project profile:

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02/10/2021 | Social Media

Early Tour of 240 Park Avenue

Working alongside Garden Homes, MV Ventures, and Kraus-Anderson, this mixed-use building is now open and leasing, providing an impactful urban presence with an especially strong pedestrian experience. Take an early tour of this stunning project through our design team’s sneak peek photographs.

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02/05/2021 | Social Media

Piazza Terminal Continues It’s Fast-Moving Pace

A little snow hasn’t stopped Piazza Terminal in Philadelphia from making progress where work is on-going to the top floor where the parking garage will soon become beautiful rooftop pools. With our developer partner, Post Brothers, we begin paving the way for warmer days ahead.

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01/31/2021 | Thought Leadership

The BKV Brief: Student Housing

An at-a-glance view of our latest student housing projects and thought leadership pieces from January 2021.

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01/29/2021 | Social Media

CCA Lakeview on Lakeshore

Renderings were revealed for our mixed-use development on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood which positions a two-tower concept connected by a one-story structure, with the overall site featuring a reflecting pond and courtyard space between the towers.

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01/27/2021 | Social Media

Emerging Residential-Office Project in Edina

BKV Group is spearheading a mixed-use office and apartment building “designed to create a positive impact for the community through the redevelopment of the site into a high-quality visual, pedestrian, resident, employee, and patron experience.”

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01/26/2021 | Social Media

Joan Sizemore Contributes to Latest Construction Dive

In a post-pandemic world, we’re seeing hospitality move away from traditional food services such as self-serve meals, and move towards more secure pantry offerings with grab-and-go options. BKV Group’s hospitality leader and Associate Partner, Joan Sizemore, weighed in on this topic within the latest Construction Dive issue.

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01/20/2021 | Firm News

BKV Group Announces New Partners and 2021 Staff Promotions

We are incredibly proud of our colleagues who are receiving leadership and position advancements in 2021!

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01/15/2021 | Social Media

“The Big Dig” at Duffey Lofts

In Minneapolis’s North Loop along historic Washington Avenue, BKV Group is deep into a revitalization project at the former Duffey Paper Company’s site, transforming the manufacturing building into a contemporary, high-amenity multifamily development.

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01/12/2021 | Social Media

Progress Made at Dinkytown

BKV Group is partnered with CA Ventures on a student housing project that will rezone the iconic Dinkytown McDonald’s property into a seven-story, 300-unit apartment building with 30,000+ square feet of commercial space.

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01/07/2021 | Thought Leadership

BKV Group Releases Look Book and Project Profile Collections

BKV Group released two, new captivating collections that we’ve packaged and released together the first week of 2021.

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01/07/2021 | Social Media

525 South Wabash Avenue Spotlight in Chicago Tribune

BKV Group was featured in the Chicago Tribune with our proposed 525 South Wabash project in the Near South Side of Chicago now being in the planned development phase of design, marking a huge leap forward for our firm’s footprint in Chicago.

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01/05/2021 | Social Media

Historic Cotton Annex Project Featured in Bisnow

BKV Group, with Douglas Development Corporation, is reviving and redeveloping the historic Cotton Annex property in southwest DC. This adaptive reuse project will rehabilitate the existing structure and add 370,000 SF of new construction to the site, plus an apartment building. The development will form a C-shape around a central courtyard, and feature 1,400 SF of

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12/22/2020 | Social Media

Landmark Touts New Brunswick in SHB

We’re proud to see our student housing project, The Standard at New Brunswick, be featured in the latest issue of Student Housing Business. Cheers to our developer partner, Landmark Properties, for promoting this fantastic project.

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12/17/2020 | Social Media

New Justice Center at Ingham County

Our Ingham County project made substantial progress in tearing down their old jail facility, with BKV Group replacing it with a new justice center complex featuring a new jail, sheriff’s department, administration offices, and district court facilities along with 410 beds. Opening in mid-2023, read more about this project in the Lansing State Journal.

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11/30/2020 | Social Media

Ramsey Fire Station #2 in Firehouse Magazine

In the latest Firehouse Supplement issue, BKV Group was pleased to see our Ramsey Fire Station #2 shown on the cover (completed March 2016). In addition to its exemplary design, this project is an energy-efficient facility featuring three drive-through apparatus bays.

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11/11/2020 | Social Media

Presenting to the Industry About Designing for Change

Dallas Director of Architecture and Associate Partner, Sam Watkins, and Minneapolis Project Manager and Associate Partner, Susan Morgan both spoke to the COTE measure Design for Change as part of AIA Dallas’s Design Excellence summit, with the virtual session hosted by BKV Group Architectural Designer in Dallas, Joe Iglesias.

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11/06/2020 | Social Media

Union Flats Wins Environmental Impact Award

At November’s Minnesota Brownsfield Rescape Awards, our Union Flats project was recognized as an exemplary development for its high levels of innovation in sustainability and restoration, earning a 2020 Environmental Impact Award in the Large Projects category.

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11/04/2020 | Social Media

Site Tour at Beckert’s Park

In DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, BKV Group is putting the finishing touches on Beckert’s Park – a 5-story, 325-unit luxury apartment community above a new ground-floor Safeway. The development has a setback penthouse for residential use and amenity space, with the grocery anchoring the first level and underground parking.

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11/02/2020 | Social Media

Renovations Complete at Circle Pines City Hall

In Minnesota, Circle Pines received CARES Act funding, and our design team quickly completed a project to update their work space, delivering an environment that allows city staff to have clear sight lines and flexibility for shared service responsibility for prompt service delivery. 

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10/29/2020 | Social Media

Chris Palkowitsch Speaks to Safer and More Habitable Senior Living Environments

Safely distancing from his fellow panelists, BKV Group Partner and subject matter expert, Chris Palkowitsch was featured in MN Minnesota Real Estate Journal Annual Senior Housing Summit today, speaking about making senior living more safe and habitable – now, and in the future.

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10/28/2020 | Social Media

Ebrahim Shemshadian Co-Authors Study in ASCE Practice Periodical

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes monthly studies in their Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction journal. Ebrahim Shemshadian, Structural EIT based in Minneapolis, co-authored a recent paper which investigates the use of advanced manufacturing techniques for intermeshed steel connections.

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10/22/2020 | Social Media

Mixed-Use Along the Mississippi

This two-phase development features market-rate apartment-style units, community amenity space, and street-level walk-up units within a highly landscaped, park-like setting overlooking the Mississippi River.

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10/21/2020 | Social Media

Angel Valtierra in Arquitectos

In October, Senior Project Architect, Angel Valtierra, was featured by Arquitectos (The Society of Hispanic Professional Architects) in their #hispanicheritagemonth social media campaign spotlighting members and their professional backgrounds and contributions to their firms. Congratulations, Angel!

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10/08/2020 | Social Media

Groundbreaking at Brookings County Detention Center

BKV Group has been working with Brookings County in South Dakota for the last four years to address their long-term jail and justice planning needs. In mid-October, a groundbreaking was held, with the on-budget project slated for completion in spring 2022.

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10/04/2020 | Social Media

Henry Pittner’s Thought Leadership Piece Published in Firehouse Magazine

Partner and Senior Project Manager, Henry Pittner, authored “Station Construction: Budgeting for Soft Costs” in the October 2020 issue of Firehouse Magazine. In the article, Henry explains how to thoroughly break down hard costs, owner contingencies, and soft costs to prepare clients and trade partners to answer the difficult questions about a project’s budget.

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10/02/2020 | Social Media

DBJ Awards Modera Katy Trail

Our building footprint in Dallas is expanding, led by a project the Dallas Business Journal named as one of the Best Real Estate Deals for Urban Multifamily category. Located directly off Katy Trail in uptown Dallas, the under-construction Modera Katy Trail is a 395,000 SF, 14-story residential project that uses light gauge steel construction.

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10/02/2020 | Social Media

BKV Wins Big at 2020 MREJ Real Estate Awards

Minnesota Real Estate Journal’s Real Estate Awards honored three BKV Group projects – Union Flats (Affordable Housing), City Club Apartments LLC Minneapolis CBD (Urban Multifamily), and The Legends of Woodbury (Senior Housing). We are proud of our design team members for creating best-in-class projects across a dynamic range of scales and project types. Congrats!

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09/17/2020 | Culture

Navigating Through a Pandemic: Celebrating Our CA Team

For National Construction Appreciation Week, we are recognizing our outstanding Construction Administration team, and learning from them the safe and effective best practices for team communication and project site coordination in the age of COVID-19.

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09/15/2020 | Culture

Navigating Through a Pandemic: Celebrating Our IT Team

For National Information Technology Professional’s Day, we are recognizing our outstanding IT team members for the initiatives they spearheaded prior to and during COVID-19 to allow our staff to remain as productive and connected as possible whether in the office, at home, or through a hybrid working style.

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09/09/2020 | Culture

BKV Group Soft Opening Update

While the pandemic has been challenging for all of us, we’ve also come together in many positive ways. Read how BKV Group is implementing a Soft Opening for staff and clients, and what lessons we’ve learned along our road to reentry.

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08/26/2020 | Firm News

Our Fifth Practice Site in Hanoi, Vietnam

Our new colleagues in Hanoi will work collaboratively with our U.S. practice sites functioning as an extension of our holistic services, provide BKV Group access to the Asian market, and bolster our high-rise and hospitality portfolios.

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08/25/2020 | Firm News

Joan Sizemore Joins the Dallas Office of BKV Group as Director of Interior Design

Joan will spearhead the growth of the interior design team in Dallas as it undertakes more complex, nationwide projects in the housing, hospitality, and corporate/commercial sectors. Joan brings her experience with dynamic hospitality brands to our firm, in addition to an equally deep list of clients within market-rate and multifamily, workplace and commercial, and museum and art galleries.

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08/23/2020 | Social Media

A New Development Precedent with One Southdale Place

The Star Tribune recently focused on luxury apartments being adjacent to shopping centers, detailing the ease of access to dining, fitness, retail, and more these mixed-use residences provide. The article featured our One Southdale Place project as their case study, stating that developments like it have become a win-win-win strategy for the trio of stakeholders.

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08/20/2020 | Social Media

Le Sueur County Justice Center Receives Fanfare in Finance & Commerce

Finance & Commerce  released their annual Top Projects issue, with BKV Group having three projects featured. One of these included the new Le Sueur County Justice Center which entailed replacing a 1912 jail with a modern-day justice center housing booking areas, holding cells, a library, fitness room, classroom, and medical facility.

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08/13/2020 | Social Media

Archinect Showcases Piazza Terminal Leading the Way for Development in Philadelphia

Archinect details the surge of development occurring in the Philadelphia area, spotlighting our under construction Piazza Terminal project adjacent to the Delaware River, Schmidt’s Common Plaza, and Girard Station. The 935,000 SF development will provide residential and retail space, and seamlessly incorporate a pedestrian experience to connect to the larger Germantown Ave neighborhood.

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07/01/2020 | Culture

New Normal

In response to COVID-19, BKV Group has moved to staff working remotely from home where we will continue to provide our design services while protecting the health of our colleagues, families, and communities.

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06/30/2020 | Thought Leadership

Paris Affordable Housing Challenge

France is 800,000 to 1 million units short on housing and BKV Group submitted a design solution for the city of Paris to Architecture Competitions // Bee Breeders that is both sustainable and modular, while also preserving the historic fabric of the city.

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06/30/2020 | Social Media

Virginia Gains New Senior Living Community

Our in-progress Parham Road Senior Living Building’s architecture is inspired by the Colonial/Georgian style, with a focus on symmetry and use of brick and ornamentation. The design is further enhanced with projected bays that include balconies, along with red brick featuring decorative herring bone and Flemish bond panels to add to the overall visual interest.

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06/23/2020 | Firm News

Tracey Bush, RID, Joins the Dallas Office of BKV Group as Director of Business Development

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05/06/2020 | Firm News

Welcoming Ron Butler and Jeff Swanson as Senior Designer and Senior Project Manager in Dallas

Both will help lead the development group in Dallas office in undertaking more complex, nationwide projects in the market-rate housing, student housing, commercial, and hospitality sectors.

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04/28/2020 | Thought Leadership

World Landscape Architecture Month

In April, BKV Group wants to recognize the great work our in-house landscape architecture experts do to enhance the communities we serve.

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04/14/2020 | Firm News

Welcoming New Partner in Chicago, Robert Muller

As the managing partner of the development group in Chicago, Rob will provide design, marketing, client relationship, and internal leadership to the entire practice site, collaborating with our local contingency of studio experts.

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11/06/2019 | Firm News

Welcoming New Director of Landscape Architecture, Jeff Johnston

As Director of Landscape Architecture, Jeff brings a well-rounded design aesthetic and a new layer of expertise that will integrate seamlessly with the development and government work Dallas currently leads.

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07/20/2019 | Thought Leadership

A Five-Fold Case for The Penfield: How A Blighted, Historic Block Become Valuable and Desirable

How a transformational project preserved the historic Saint Paul Public Safety Building, resulting in an underutilized block and stalled development becoming a success story.

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06/24/2019 | Firm News

Welcoming New Associate Partner, Susan Morgan

Susan will begin to rebuild our Education and Library sectors by translating BKV Group’s deep experience in collaboration, learning, and communal spaces into education design.

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05/10/2019 | Thought Leadership

BKV Group at the 2019 Station Design Conference

As a Platinum Sponsor at this year’s SDC in Illinois, BKV Group is an active contributor to the conference through networking events, presentation sessions, and releasing a new, client-focused film.

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04/24/2019 | Firm News

Welcoming New Associate Partner, Chris Sachse

By joining the Chicago office, Chris will establish best practices for his architectural team members, integrate improved technologies into daily work flow, and conduct research into new, innovative building materials to incorporate into our projects.

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04/23/2019 | Thought Leadership

Quoting Kelly Naylor and Megan Van Beck in Student Housing Business

Kelly Naylor, Partner, and Megan Van Beck, Senior Associate, were quoted in the March/April issue of Student Housing Business magazine about recent interior design trends that impact student housing residences. Naylor and Van Beck were sources for the article, “Maturing Style,” which described shifting tastes among Generation Z students.

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03/15/2019 | Culture

Doing Our Part for #IWD2019

Annually, #InternationalWomensDay encourages action, and to align with that message, BKVGroup asked select voices around our firm to describe a piece of literature that’s inspired or motivated them to improve themselves, or their world.

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03/07/2019 | Thought Leadership

Revitalizing an Entirely Blighted City Block

In a part of Minneapolis where few historically significant buildings still stand today, Millworks Lofts stands out as a unique historic adaptive reuse project which was just honored with a 2019 AIA Minnesota Preservation Award.

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02/13/2019 | Firm News

Announcing 240 Park Avenue

The high-rise, multi-family residence has an impactful urban presence with the design pulled back at the street edges to provide added space in the pedestrian realm, allowing green space to come forward, and creating a welcoming retail experience within Minneapolis’s emerging East Town neighborhood.

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02/11/2019 | Awards

Building The Vertical Sustainable City

BKV Group’s inaugural submission to the eVolo Skyscraper Competition creates an architectural depiction of what the future of housing might look like.

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02/10/2019 | Culture

Competing in IIDA’s Stitch

Our Chicago office is participating in Stitch, a local competition in which design firms collaborate with product and manufacturer representatives to create haute couture in preparation for a spring fashion show.

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02/09/2019 | Firm News

Welcoming New Associate Partner, Paul Andresino

As a facilitator of the profession of architecture, Paul, AIA, will leverage his 30 years of experience in delivering successful projects and mentoring and managing staff in his new role as Associate Partner and Director of Architecture in Washington, D.C.

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01/07/2019 | Firm News

Launching Our Texas Office

BKV Group will open our firm’s fourth office in Dallas, Texas in Adolphus Tower in downtown Dallas. Vibrant and expanding, Dallas provides the platform for BKV Group to grow their urban and high-rise design specialties, while offering innovative pre-development services.

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01/07/2019 | Firm News

Celebrating the Fridley Civic Campus Grand Opening

BKV Group celebrated the grand opening of the Civic Campus in Fridley, Minnesota alongside Mayor Scott Lund and community development director Scott Hickok. The 184,000 square-foot campus was conceived as a “City Center” – a nexus point situated in the heart of Fridley on a 38-acre property.

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01/06/2019 | Firm News

Turning 40

Check out what BKV Group is up to in 2019

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11/15/2018 | Thought Leadership

Quoting Kelly Naylor in Multifamily Executive Magazine

Kelly Naylor was quoted in Multifamily Executive Magazine about the popularity of repurposing former industrial buildings in modern housing and mixed-use architecture. She spoke about choices she and the design team made in the creative reuse of the Schmidt Artist Lofts, formerly known as the Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul shown here.

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11/02/2018 | Awards

Winning Gold in Firehouse Magazine’s Annual Station Design Awards

Short Pump Fire House 19 in Henrico, County, Virginia was announced by Firehouse Magazine as a Gold Award winner in the 2018 Station Design Awards. The design took top honors in the satellite station category.

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12/08/2015 | Thought Leadership

Protected: The Intersections Between K-12 and Higher Education

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