Best Small Project

Photo courtesy of Turner Special Projects Division
The D.C. nonprofit Bread for the City used funds from the tobacco settlement to build the two-story expansion.

The $3.7-million, 12,227-sq-ft Bread for the City expansion project in Washington, D.C., delivered needed space for a nonprofit organization providing food, medical care, legal advice and other social services to low-income residents.

“The client really had a vision for the facility,” says Ron Corrado, project executive with Turner Special Projects in Arlington, Va.

Using funds from the tobacco settlement, the group hired the contractor to build a two-story masonry, glass and steel clinic addition adjacent to the group's historically recognized existing building.

The addition's exterior features a perforated aluminum sun screen over the entry. The building also features a green planting roof to harvest vegetables; loft-style interiors; a double-height atrium skylight; and energy-efficient lighting, plumbing and mechanical systems.

The owner wanted an open facility with plenty of natural light. Insulated glass separates the old and new structures, and two openings on each floor link the structures.

“The existing building has industrial chic,” says Ron Corrado, project executive with Turner. To keep that look, the team left the addition's mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment exposed.

Site issues included unstable soil conditions that required the use of auger piles and the need to treat stormwater runoff on a tight site.


Owner: Bread for the City, Washington, D.C.

Contractor: Turner Special Projects, Arlington, Va.

Construction Manager: The Jair Lynch Development Partners, Washington, D.C.

Architect: Wiebenson and Dorman Architects, Washington, D.C.

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Turner Special Projects Division