Cathedral Commons

Washington, DC

This unique $125 million mixed-use development project in northwest Washington, DC, transformed a previously underutilized site fronting Wisconsin Avenue into a vibrant urban community. Cathedral Commons features a redeveloped 64,000-square-foot Giant supermarket, apartments, townhomes, and 125,000 square feet of street level retail. VHB moved the development forward by leading a complex approval process with multiple regulatory agencies, including the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and DC Water. To make the transformation a success, we balanced the day-to-day operational needs of the retailers with the pedestrian components of this prominent urban neighborhood.

A group of people walking past stairs leading to a row of multi-story red and yellow brick townhomes. A street with cars parked in front of a curving building. Aerial view of a curving city street at night.


  • Ahold U.S.A./Giant Food; Bozzuto Development


  • Landscape Architecture

  • Permitting: federal, state, local

  • Site/Civil Engineering

  • Streetscape Design

  • Urban Design & Planning


  • ACEC Metropolitan Washington Engineering Excellence Award, Category I: Special Projects