Adapted from an article in the Washington Business Journal
Written by Michael Neibauer
The District of Washington DC has hired ROSSETTI and DC based design firm, Marshall Moya Design to design the 5,000-seat arena planned for the St. Elizabeth’s East campus. Events D.C., the quasi-public entity managing the $55 million project, announced Tuesday that Rossetti Associates Inc. and Marshall Moya Design will partner to design the future home of the Washington Mystics, the training center of the Washington Wizards, and an entertainment venue managed by D.C. The key hire was revealed during a community meeting on the St. E's campus.
"What we do want is something unique and we heard from the community tonight that we're competing with others to be a destination, and we're working toward that," said Greg O'Dell, Events D.C.'s CEO.
Events D.C. also has named Brailsford & Dunlavey as the program manager for the construction project. It will be the "eyes and ears to oversee the project for us," O'Dell said.
Scheduled to open by September 2018, the arena is expected to generate 300 permanent and 600 construction jobs, attract up to 350,000 visitors per year, and generate $4.5 million in new tax revenue annually. In addition to the Wizards and Mystics, the facility may also serve as home to a Monumental-owned NBA D-League team. And Events D.C. expects to program numerous concerts and other events there.