The Shell

Arlington, VA


AHC Inc.


Cunningham | Quill


New mixed-use podium apartment building



Project Scope
  • 83 units
  • 167,730 gsf
  • 1.40 acres
  • Steel Stud Bearing
  • Brick
  • Metal Panels
  • Elec. Split System Heat Pump

The Shell

The Shell – named for the gas station that occupied this site – is an 83-unit affordable apartment building in the Columbia Heights West neighborhood of Arlington, VA. The structure includes a concrete podium encompassing one-and-a-half levels of parking below grade and an above-grade structure that provides two levels of parking and 7,000 sf of 20’ retail space on Columbia Pike. Five levels of apartments were built on top of the podium, using the Infinity steel structural system with concrete decks. The structure surrounds a central courtyard, and ninety percent of the building skin is brick, including the courtyard.

The project is EarthCraft certified and features an intensive green roof. Nineteen apartments are affordable to households earning 50% Area Median Income (AMI) and 64 units are for households earning 60% AMI. The site is next door to Harvey Hall Apartments on Greenbrier Street, which is also owned by AHC Inc.


ABC Metro Washington
Award of Excellence
Mid Rise (under 5 story) on Podium

Green Project

EarthCraft Multifamily

Heat Pump Water Heaters, Intensive Green Roof, Pervious Paving, Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures,
Storm-Water Management Facility, Spray Foam and Cellulose Insulation

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