As business owners in the city of Washington we wanted an architect who could take us all the way from concept design to finished product. We wanted style and grace in the design of our family-oriented fitness center... but we also wanted a focus on 'cost and completion'!
We found everything we were looking for in Darrel Rippeteau and Annica Biegler of Rippeteau Architects, PC. They helped us evaluate alternative approaches to our program and its relationship to available lease spaces. Annica led us through the analysis process, which resulted in an exciting spatial layout taking full advantage of an industrial floor in a converted building. Rippeteau's design is luminous and a fun place for human interaction. But what really impressed us was their focus on how to put in the plumbing! They are great up front and behind the scenes!
Both Darrel and Annica were so focused and dedicated throughout our project--truly available at the most difficult of times to help troubleshoot construction building issues and to patiently provide us with the information we needed to make a good decision. We are so proud of the end result. Our space is beautiful and functional, and we couldn't be happier with it!
-Patrick John, CEO & Melissa John, Vice President & Human Resources Director
The Jair Lynch Companies has had the pleasure of working with Rippeteau Architects over the past two years on several projects. In particular, we have worked together to provide design-build services for non-profit community development organizations in support of their efforts to improve the physical appearance of commercial corridors in their target areas.
Rippeteau Architects was responsible for designing façade improvements for stores and businesses in Wards 1, 4 and 8. This work on the exterior design of buildings in traditional neighborhood shopping districts involved such improvements as lighting, signage, and window design. The projects have required Rippeteau Architects to work closely not only with our non-profit clients, but also with the city agency funding the project, individual property owners, business owners, construction contractors and city regulators. Darrel and his colleagues interacted comfortably and successfully with all of these groups.
Rippeteau Architects was particularly adept at helping property owners to balance their desires for visual improvements to their properties with the budget constraints imposed by the program. The result of Darrel's interviews with property owners and his firm's sensitivity to the design needs of these unique enterprises in traditional urban settings has been attractive, affordable improvements that have brought high-quality design to previously distressed properties.
Rippeteau Architects has performed exceptionally on these projects and I am confident that the firm would bring the same skilled design work and commitment to meeting the needs of its clients to any project.
-Jonathan R. Weinstein
Senior Development Strategist & CFO, Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners
As a national General Contractor and Construction Manager we meet many architects and engineers. One of the best groups we have worked with is Rippeteau Architects PC, especially Naomi Behrens, who has been our project manager on numerous renovation projects. Rippeteau's staff strives for excellence in their own work, and in the work provided by the contractors building their projects. They know the technical and practical sides of construction, and they participate eagerly in their construction phase duties. We run into all kinds of challenges renovating popular public places and Rippeteau is an excellent resource for ideas and sketches which help us deal with concealed existing conditions and scheduling issues. Yet, they are firm and fair in their professional dealings with the Owner and Contractor. Rippeteau will be an asset to your building program.
-Jeff Wheeler Project Manager, HCBeck, Ltd.
As a General Contractor we meet many architects and engineers. One of the best groups we have worked with is Rippeteau Architects PC, especially Annica Biegler, who is a project manager.
Rippeteau's staff strives for excellence in their own work, and in the work provided by the contractors building their projects. They know the technical and practical sides of construction, and they participate eagerly in their construction phase duties. We run into all kinds of challenges renovating popular public places and Rippeteau is an excellent resource for ideas and sketches, which help us deal with concealed existing conditions and scheduling issues. Yet, they are firm and fair in their professional dealings with the Owner and Contractor.
Rippeteau will be an asset to your building program.
-D Scott Forrester
Principal, Forrester Construction Company
Rippeteau designed a comprehensive plan for renovation of our retail store in the gothic arched basement under the cathedral. Their work included sensitivity to the historic architecture of the original building structure while designing new lighting and a completely new set of built-in furniture and casework. Their work recognizes the needs of young and old alike, making our intensively used space welcoming and useful for many.
We have called upon Rippeteau (Annica Biegler in particular) for design services at our greenhouse and herb garden, where they created a very creative solution for a special project work space used by the public. The design Incorporated materials and methods, which we could provide In-house, for maximum economy.
We are pleased to have Rippeteau Architects PC available to assist us with projects requiring design talent, public safety and cost consciousness.
-Marc A. Yesberger
Director of Cathedral Services Washington National Cathedral
In the Fall of 2002 the Chinese Community Church hired Rippeteau Architects to do a feasibility study to determine the possibilities and limitations of building on its current property at 10th and L Streets NW to house its ministry programs. Currently, the church programs are housed in Shared Ministry at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church and we wanted to know if it was possible and affordable to move back to L Street. Several architechtur'al firms were interviewed by another church member, who happens to be an architect, and myself and Mr. Darrel Rippeteau's proposal was chosen based on the outcome to be delivered, the team of engineers available for consultation, cost for the study, and the reputation of the firm.
Mr. Rippeteau proposed an option of building two additional floors and renovating our current space to meet our needs after having done a thorough study of the building code for the area, the historic reservation code, the original drawings, photos of original construction in progress, and surveying the buildings with his team of engineers and another architect. One of the most valuable parts of the study was his detailed presentation to our committee of what was possible based on the different codes applicable to our space and defining with us our current space needs as well as helping us to crystallize our future space needs. After that group effort he was able to suggest an appropriate building option and attach an estimated, very general cost analysis for that option as well as some variations on the option. Mr. Rippeteau was more than willing to answer or investigate any question by committee members even if only remotely related to the building in question.
We have found Mr. Rippeteau to be thorough in his approach to his work, creative and flexible in solving problems or meeting needs, willing to go the extra mile (or ten) to answer specific questions or give advice, and available for consultation on any related matters. He has been invaluable in helping us to plan for our future by giving us direction and hard data from which to work.
Administrator, Chinese Community Church