Whitman-Walker Development / Liz

HENRY ADAMS provided MEP engineering services for the Whitman-Walter / Liz Health Center.
  • HENRY ADAMS provided MEP engineering services for the Whitman-Walter / Liz Health Center.

Henry Adams provided the MEP engineering design for the world-class, 166,000 SF mixed-use development including offices, residential, and retail occupancies. This includes 80,000 SF of residential space, 18,000 SF of retail space, 25,000 SF of office space, a 31,000 SF clinic, and a 4,000 SF community center. It also includes two levels of sub-grade parking.

Whitman-Walker Health System, a non-profit community health center devoted to the LGBTQ community, and private developer Fivesquares Development, partnered to transform two historic DC buildings.

The two buildings, located on 14th Street, have been redesigned into a mixed-use development called "Liz." The new development creates long-term funding for Whitman-Walker, allowing the non-profit to offer more services and keep majority ownership of the historic property. The development acts as a central hub for the community, offering outdoor and retail space, and public art.

The development also features 60,000 SF of office space across two floors that houses Whitman-Walker’s administrative offices. The ground floor is made up of 20,000 SF of retail space and the Whitman-Walker Cultural Center, a space committed to serving the LGBTQ community.

The building’s architect, Annabelle Selldorf, designed the building to be outfitted in terracotta and glass. Selldorf used colors and materials inspired by the original design of the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, the new development’s namesake and previous home of the Whitman-Walker administrative offices.

Additional Information:

LocationWashington, DC
Completion Date
OwnerFive Squares Development
ArchitectCORE Architecture & Design / Selldorf Architects
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