6th Avenue, SE
Dear Mr. Russo:
The Commission of Fine Arts reviewed the concept design for the new Physical Fitness Facility for Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., during its 17 July meeting and approved the concept design as presented. The members found the preliminary design to be harmonious with the character of the Fort's historic structures and compliant with the Fort's Design Guidelines for new structures. Its brick detailing and overall massing was felt to be appropriate in the context of the Fort's landmark district. It is understood that the final selection of the facility's location on the east side of the Fort will be dependent on whether or not the Tempo C site is acquired. If so, the location on the northern portion of the Tempo C site would be the preferred site.
The Commission looks forward to further review of this project as the designs develop. The new facility should prove to be a welcome amenity for the Fort's military community. As always, the staff is available should you or the design team require guidance.
David M. Childs, FAIA
John T. Russo
Director, Public Works and Logistics, FMMC
Military District of Washington Headquarters
204 Lee Avenue
Fort Myer, VA 22211-1199
cc: Myrtle Bowen, Engineering Plans and Services Division, FMMC
Suman Sorg, FAlA, Sorg Architects