“BHDP was a seamless partner with PREP. Their collaborative approach and balance of workplace and retail design strengths helped us achieve our vision for this iconic property.” Mark Wilhoite, Chief Development Officer

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Peco Real Estate Partners (PREP) turned to BHDP to renovate a highly visible, partially-constructed mixed-use project that had laid fallow for several years after the previous developer had declared bankruptcy. As their first large-scale luxury mixed use project, it was critically important for PREP to successfully convert this former abandoned site into an iconic, award-winning development while shortening the timetable for it to become fully leased and meet financial goals.

Selected for its well-regarded workplace and retail capabilities, BHDP assembled an integrated team of designers and project leaders to deliver creative design solutions that ensured the project had only the best aesthetics, accessibility, functionality, graphics and other amenities to transform this property from an eyesore to the new crown jewel, the Kenwood Collection. Some of the more visible design features that BHDP created were the soaring sculptural roof mirroring the motion of the adjacent highway traffic, an enlarged retail presence and an asymmetrical east façade with unique vertical patterns and curtain wall windows. Internally, BHDP improved the vertical circulation pattern within the single core elevator system to better serve the office, garage and retail portions of the building.

As a result, PECO reports that it not only leased the building twelve month faster than earlier expectations, but it also improved the size of the lease contracts.