Design unveiled for St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion in D.C.


Mayor Vincent C. Gray has announced Davis Brody Bond, KADCON and Robert Silman Associates as the winning team to design the new St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion on the St. Elizabeths Hospital east campus in Designed by Davis Brody Bond, the $5 million Gateway Pavilion will transform an existing “weedy, fenced-in plaza fronting Martin Luther King Avenue SE in Congress Heights” into a sustainable, multi-purpose structure that will provide “a venue for casual dining, a farmers’ market and other weekend and after-hours community, cultural and arts events”.

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Coast Guard © Davis Brody Bond

The pavilion is expected to provide jobs to the surrounding community and serve the 4,000 Coast Guard employees scheduled to arrive at their new headquarters on the adjoining St. Elizabeths West Campus in May 2013. It is part of the District of Columbia’s redevelopment plan and economic-development strategy to guide the critical revitalization of St. Elizabeth East.

Front Yard © Davis Brody Bond

“We now have a seminal opportunity to activate the site for commercial activity prior to the St. Elizabeths East project’s Phase I completion in 2015,” Mayor Gray said. “The design excellence and architectural and construction prowess that the winning firms will bring to the Gateway Pavilion are what the District’s proposal for interim use here demanded, and we look forward to its construction and use by local and regional consumers.”

Market Place © Davis Brody Bond

The Gateway Pavilion was formed by three distinct approaches, vantage points that reflect the existing and anticipated movements of people from different areas of the neighborhood. These paths will culminate at the 22-foot high, central area that will form a dramatic backdrop to the plaza.

© Davis Brody Bond

With environmental responsibility as a driving design goal, rainwater will be harvested in an underground cistern to supply water for irrigation and restrooms. Additionally, preliminary materials include canvas, shiplap siding, grasscrete, burlap and reclaimed wood.

Roof Plan © Davis Brody Bond

Architects: Davis Brody Bond
Location: St. Elizabeths Hospital east campus, Washington D.C.
Contractors: Kadcon
Engineers: Robert Silman Associates
Expected completion: 2013
Renderings: Christopher Shelley

via Davis Brody Bond, The District of Columbia, The Washington Post

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Design unveiled for St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion in D.C." 17 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>