KBR Building Group Awarded Construction for Element 28, Luxury High-Rise Apartment Building in Bethesda, Maryland
April 3, 2014

KBR Building Group has been awarded a contract by Kettler to construct a luxury, high-rise apartment tower in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. Currently known as Element 28, the 101-unit building will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, and approximately 3,500 square feet of retail on the first level.

KBR Building Group’s Washington, D.C. office, a regional leader in the construction of mixed-use facilities, is leading this project. Our scope of work includes demolition of an existing one-story building scheduled to begin this month. Construction of the new apartment tower will start this spring immediately follow the demolition phase.

“This is an exciting new development for downtown Bethesda,” said Phil Southerland, President, KBR Building Group. “This win furthers our long-time partnership with Kettler, known for its traditional planned community concepts and innovative mixed-use designs that maximize limited land in urban areas.”

The 15-story apartment community, designed by R2L Architects, will offer residents an array of luxury amenities in a boutique building. The Element 28 site is conveniently located less than one block away from the Bethesda Metrorail station and within walking distance of high-end shopping districts. Designed to earn LEED Silver certification, Element 28 will showcase a number of sustainable features, including a green rooftop offering indoor/outdoor lounge seating intended for resident gatherings and sweeping views of the Washington metro area. Additional amenities include a wine cellar, bicycle workshop, fitness center, private outdoor terraces, and a public plaza featuring a leaf-form architectural sculpture.

Asheel Shah, senior vice president of real estate investments for Kettler says, “The location of this property is exceptional. We’re expecting the activity brought on by residential commuters to undoubtedly reenergize this section of Old Georgetown Road and Commerce Lane. Living within walking distance of work, shops and entertainment are important to this demographic, all of which this community will provide.”