°lai's Masterplan for US Olympic Equestrian Facility / October 20, 2014

LAI is proud to have contributed our planning and design services to preserve Great Meadow, Virginia: The Home of The Virginia Gold Cup and support The U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team.
The 2014 World Equestrian Games Preparatory were held there in preparation for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games recently held in Normandy, France. U.S.A. came away with 7 medals in these games(2 Gold).

To support the mission, please go to their website: http://www.greatmeadow.org/

Here’s to a successful DC Bid for The 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. “Unity begins here”. Go Team!


Tree preservation, by popular demand: Beech Tree Moving at the Wharf / October 08, 2014

 As part of the Wharf redevelopment project, LAI helped to relocate this 125 ton beech tree. A favorite of the community, its preservation required moving the tree and its 40 foot diameter root ball across Water Street SW to a new home. The tree will spend some time getting used to its new location before the surrounding area is developed into a new community park.


Ground Breaking for Trump International Hotel at Old Post Office, DC / July 23, 2014

The $200 Million Redevelopment of the Iconic Old Post Office had its Ground Breaking event this Wednesday after a rigorous design process. We we glad to join rest of the team including the Trump Family, Mayor Gray, Congresswoman Norton, Councilmember Bowser and Commissioner of the Public Building Service for the US GSA to celebrate the occassion.

It is definitely a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to to redevelop one of this country's most Historic buildings, and we will spare no effort.." as Ivanka Trump explained.


Lot 31/31, Bethesda, MD. Concrete Topping Out Party / July 11, 2014

We were delighted to join StonebridgeCarras, PN Hoffman, Clark, and the Design and Engineering team at Lot31 Site in Bethesda MD. It is exciting to see great progress on the job site. Kudos to the team for the massive endeavor that will help add even greater vibrance to Bethesda.


City center, D.C featured in Express / July 11, 2014

The much awaited City Center D.C. project is on the brink of completion and is talk of the town! Jeff Lee and Ben Tauber were quoted in this article in Express on 11th July 2014.


°lai welcomes its newest member! / July 07, 2014

 We Welcome our newest member Wei Mao.


Cardozo High School Receives Historic Preservation Award of Excellence / June 12, 2014

The District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office/Office of Planning presented the Historic Preservation Review Board Chair’s Award to Francis L. Cardozo High School at the Annual Awards for Excellence.

LAI team is happy to have made the efforts to preserve the outdoor spatial quality along with careful design interventions that support current needs and goals of the students. As a part of the modernization, we introduced diverse and native plant material to the landscape, added children's playground, outdoor class room/amphitheater and courtyards with lush planting to recharge young minds.

Cardozo High School Receives Historic Preservation Award of Excellence



Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital featured as Cover Story for Eco-Structure Magazine / June 11, 2014

(February 10, 2012) - Fort Belvoir Community Hospital was featured as the cover story for the January/February 2012 issue of Eco-Structure Magazine.

The article "Research and Rehabilitation" examines the integration of sustainable design into the physical and natural environment that comprises this community hospital. The team envisaged bringing the building closer to the landscape, effectively articulated in the following introduction of the article:

"A healing garden at the fort Belvoir Community Hospital, a tree-lined facility in Virginia less than 20 miles south of Washington, D.C., bears little resemblance to the sterile, airless courtyards of teh other hospitals. The geometric paving patterns, varied plantings, and zen-garden-like pebble paths, this is just one of several distinct areas of the new facility that are designed to blur the lines between building and nature."(O'Connel, Kim A., "Research and Rehabilitation."Eco-Structure  January/February 2012. 12th June 2014 http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=99556)

Eco-Structure Magazine, Jan/Feb 2012 (rich media version)



Moss Installation at City Center, DC / April 16, 2014

Moss mounds at City Center, DC are going in! Here are photos of the moss garden being installed at the parcel 4 courtyard. LAI utilized shading conditions at the courtyard and detailed these mounds with Sheet Moss planted on sculptural metal mounds and Rock Cap moss planted in between the mounds.