Celebrating 50 Years

January 10, 2018
Credit: Beyer Blinder Belle

In 2018, Beyer Blinder Belle reflects on 50 years of design and planning focused on the physical and social fabric of our communities and cities. Guided by this legacy, we welcome the firm’s next chapters.

Follow us throughout the year as we celebrate our people, our practice, and look toward the future.

Learn more about our mission over five decades in this video.

Check back in for highlights of our 50th anniversary celebrations, posted below.


February 14, 2018

Thank you, Scot Medbury (President, Brooklyn Botanic Garden), Jim Garland (President, Fluidity Design Consultants), Claire Agre (Principal, West 8) and Richard Southwick (Partner, Beyer Blinder Belle) for the captivating panel discussion on the revitalization of Longwood Gardens’ Main Fountain Garden.

We listened, laughed, and are inspired to go and experience for ourselves the “visceral joy” of the garden.

This was our inaugural event for staff and guests in conjunction with Beyer Blinder Belle’s 50th anniversary. Since 1968, the firm has guided the renewal of many treasured cultural resources, ensuring their preservation for generations to enjoy.

The rehabilitation of the 80-year-old Main Fountain Garden – which had been chronically compromised by numerous mechanical problems, aging infrastructure and limited visitor access – revitalizes the historic heart of one of the world’s most celebrated public gardens while preserving its exceptional architectural character.

Learn more about the project here.

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February 5, 2018

10 years ago, our design for The Cordish Companies’ Power & Light District restored life to downtown Kansas City.

Since then, sports-anchored mixed-use developments have recharged cities across the country. A recent New York Times article chronicles the trend, citing Kansas City as a model for success.

Planning and design of mixed-use development around stadiums, arenas, and ballparks are a specialty area of Beyer Blinder Belle’s diverse practice. In the spirit of our mission to create dynamic urban places, we have for 50 years worked to bring creativity, place-making, and authenticity to mixed-use and urban projects.

Read more here.

Photos courtesy of The Cordish Companies.

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January 25, 2018

By 2020, a large gash in northwest Washington DC will be no more. The three-block-long, 200-foot opening above I-395 runs beneath the nation’s capital from New York Avenue to the Southeast Freeway, long separating Capitol Hill from the East End.

This “scar” in DC’s urban fabric will be removed with the construction of Capitol Crossing, an ambitious development by Property Group Partners. Five new buildings set atop platforms spanning I-395 will provide 2.2-million square feet of offices, apartments, public open spaces, and retail.

BBB is providing site-wide coordination and overseeing work at the project’s two cultural anchors. The Adas Israel Synagogue will be relocated to a historically-appropriate corner site and reoriented in an ecclesiastically appropriate manner, while Holy Rosary Church will receive a Rectory addition in its historic location along the reconstituted F Street.

As we celebrate 50 years of practice, we are privileged to be involved in this transformative urban project, and to further our commitment to healing, restoring and advancing cities.

Read more here.

Photo courtesy of PGP.

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January 15, 2018

Starting the new year with inspired thoughts and innovations hatched by our RED (Research, Exchange, Develop) awards.

Over the past two years, four teams from our NY and DC offices explored wide-ranging research topics: data-driven urban design; re-thinking sidewalks; knitting and crocheting as parametric applications in architecture; and creating efficiencies in design and planning software through scripting. Investigations were made possible through independent research awards sponsored by RED, a firm wide initiative that supports innovative ideas with potential to positively disrupt how BBB works and designs. Building Design + Construction named RED one of its “Great Solutions”, and we look forward to germinating more innovative ideas within our practice this year.

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