Beyer Blinder Belle’s J Coopers Row Project Tops Out in Southwest Washington, DC


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Beyer Blinder Belle’s J Coopers Row Project Tops Out in Southwest Washington, DC

368,000 sq ft residential building at 1319 South Capitol Street adds market-rate and affordable housing to neighborhood while preserving the human scale of the low-rise streetscape.

Washington, DC – (March 29, 2023) – Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners (BBB) announces the topping-out of J Coopers Row, a 368,000-square-foot contemporary brick and glass residential building at 1319 South Capitol Street in Washington D.C.’s rapidly developing Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. The 12-story rental apartment building, which includes studio, one-, two-, three-bedroom apartments, six townhouses and two freestanding houses, adds market-rate and affordable housing to the neighborhood while preserving the human scale of the low-rise streetscape. It is being constructed by Paradigm and developed by a team comprising Jefferson Apartment Group and Fortis Companies.

Located on a former surface lot across from Nationals Park, J Coopers Row brings maximum light and air to nearby historic townhouses, including four on N Street SW that are structurally integrated into the building. The complex is further woven into the neighborhood by three live/work units, which open directly onto the street and are topped by a second-story cornice that provides scale to the existing townhouses. A generous entry plaza and public alley passing through the building add to the complex’s airy, spacious layout.

The building’s façade is animated by a 7″-deep, two-story-high brick module and by a rhythmic counterpoint of balconies that either recede or project outward. Amenities, which were inspired by the industrial history of the working waterfront, include a lobby lounge and coworking space, fitness center and yoga studio, pet grooming station, and multi-level rooftop terrace with a pool, grilling stations, indoor and outdoor lounges, and a private event space.

The project is targeting LEED Gold with energy-efficient LED lighting, VRF mechanical systems, and on-site stormwater retention.

“J Coopers Row is giving new life to this parcel with a notable history that had long sat vacant,” said Greg Van Wie, JAG Senior Vice President, Development Partner. “Its name and architecture are a nod to the historic past of this now prime location, and we’re happy to acknowledge that history.”

“We are excited to have reached this significant milestone for J Coopers Row,” said BBB Partner Hany Hassan. “This highly contemporary design, with a rich sense of texture and detail, offers a sensitivity to the historic fabric of the District that is unique in this neighborhood. Over time, we believe it will become as integral to the texture of the streetscape as the neighbors that preceded it.”

A full set of project renderings can be viewed here.

The complete team includes:

  • Jefferson Apartment Group – Developer
  • Fortis Companies – Developer
  • Tadjer Cohen Edelson Associates, Inc – Structural Engineer
  • Breedan Companies – Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer
  • Power Design Inc. – Electrical Engineer
  • Vika Capitol, LLC – Civil Engineer
  • CID Design Group – Interior Designer
  • Studio 39 Landscape Architecture, P.C. – Landscape Architect
  • Construction Specifications, Inc. – Specification Consultant
  • Environmental Consultants and Contractors, Inc. – Environmental Consultant
  • Sustainable Building Partners LLC – LEED Consultant
  • Davis Utility Consulting LLC – Utility Consultant
  • Persohn Hahn Associates, Inc. – Elevator Consultant
  • DFM Development Services, LLC – Permit Expeditor
  • Paradigm – General Contractor

About Jefferson Apartment Group 
Jefferson Apartment Group is a full-service real estate firm specializing in luxury multifamily and mixed-use real estate investments on the East Coast, from acquisition and development through construction and property management services. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia in the Washington Metropolitan Area, JAG also has regional offices in Boston, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Orlando. The firm is committed to creating and managing communities that are high quality, innovative and environmentally responsible. Learn more at

About Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners 
Founded in 1968, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners is an award-winning architecture, planning, and interiors practice of 165 professionals in Washington, DC, New York City, and Boston. The firm’s multi-faceted portfolio encompasses preservation, interiors, urban design, and new construction projects that span a wide spectrum of building typologies and sectors, including cultural, civic, educational, residential, and commercial.

For more than five decades, BBB’s work has focused on the revitalization of nationally celebrated buildings and urban sites, including the US Capitol, Washington Monument, and Kennedy Center; adaptive reuse for cultural institutions such as Rubell Museum DC and Planet Word; and contemporary interiors for the Smithsonian, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and mixed-use and residential projects throughout the National Capital Region.

BBB approaches all projects with a deep understanding of their character-defining features and contexts, and brings creativity, place-making, and authenticity to the design of buildings, interiors, and dynamic public spaces that meet the needs of current and future generations.