Project: Ellisburg Shopping Center Pad restaurant
Client: Federal Realty

Ellisburg Shopping Center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey is a retail center with a long history in the community.  Boasting a variety of shops, restaurants and a Whole Foods grocery store the project continues to be a major destination for the residents of adjacent neighborhoods.

The proposed pad restaurant required the removal of a gas station and extensive site work. The design of the new building massing, the varied material palette and the trellised outdoor dining patio will enliven the street edge. The new restaurant will enhance the center and draw visitors to the project by providing  additional food and beverage offerings.

Project: BurgerFi
Client: Federal Realty

JP2 converted an existing pad retail space into a new national restaurant chain at the Ellisburg Shopping Center in  Cherry Hill, New Jersey. This 3,000 sf restaurant will complement the food offerings within the existing community center.  JP2 worked extensively with the local Design Review panel to ensure the modern facades would relate to the existing community. The restaurant is slated to open in the summer of 2022.

Project: Busboys and Poets
Client: Andy Shallal/Howard Hughes Corporation

Busboys and Poets in Downtown Columbia, Maryland, is a two-story 7,000 sq. ft. restaurant and bookstore that opened in 2021. The nearly 400-seat location is Founder and CEO Andy Shallal’s eighth and largest location so far. The shell building, also designed by JP2 Architects, provides a second-floor terrace that will be activated with outdoor seating that overlooks Color Burst Park at Merriweather District, a park that provides year-round activities for the community. In addition, the restaurant is adjacent to Merriweather Post Pavilion, offering patrons a space to mingle and relax before and after shows at the outdoor concert venue.

The restaurant’s interior was designed to embrace the eclectic and unique atmosphere that Busboys and Poets is known for. Creating a space where community could be cultivated was imperative, and the JP2 Architects team worked closely with Shallal to achieve this. The interior spaces include a bookstore, several dining areas, two bars, one at each floor, a private dining room, and room for private events, reading, open mic nights, and other programing.



Project: The Gourmet at Kenilworth
Client: Craig Rinkerman/Greenberg Gibbons

The Gourmet at Kenilworth is a 5,500 sq. ft. restaurant at The Shops at Kenilworth. It is a local enterprise that will be the second location for Craig Rinkerman of Catonsville Gourmet. JP2 Architects designed the interior fit out to enhance the upscale coastal dining experience that includes a raw oyster bar, comfortable lounge, spacious main dining area, and outdoor patio.

Felipe’s Taqueria - Towson, MD
Felipe’s/Greenberg Gibbons

In designing the interior fit out for Felipe’s Taqueria at The Shops at Kenilworth, JP2 Architects was able to bring to life the flare of an authentic Mexican taquería. When you step inside, your senses are awakened by the vibrant atmosphere created through the selection of materials and finishes including imported Mexican tiles, original art work, custom light fixtures—and by the aroma of authentic scratch made tacos.

Project: Grandstand Renovations and Entry Expansion
Client: Maryland State Fair

The Maryland State Fairground is home to Maryland’s largest industry: agriculture. This project started with an overall analysis of the property and identified ways to improve the site wayfinding, site circulation and created an improved sense of place. Our design focused on not just signage but on iconic building elements that signify entry and provide a visible path to the second level venues (OTB, Nick's Seafood and the large event space). The large event space, that can seat 500 people, was identified as a need from within the surrounding community. Events would include graduation ceremonies, proms, receptions, etc. and can adjust to various scales with the proposed design. Creating a stronger identity for the Maryland State Fairgrounds will help increase exposure and help make it a 12 month venue that is more approachable for the surrounding community.

Project: Aloft Chantilly
Client: AMPAC Group

A new brand offering by Starwood, Aloft brings a focus on design to the limited service segment of the hotel industry with an emphasis on accessible technology and guest comfort. The Chantilly Aloft will be one of the first ground-up structures for this new lifestyle brand of hotels. Both the pool and fitness club are key elements in the Aloft prototype; the pool house structure requires coordination with the county to meet their standards. With one hundred and forty-four rooms, the hotel measures 71,000 sq ft and is situated a short distance from the Dulles Airport.

Project: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Client: The Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission

Originally designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, Merriweather Post Pavilion is one of the highest rated amphitheaters in the United States. Phase 1 renovation included newly constructed restrooms and concessions stands, and was fully open for the 2016 season. Phase 2 renovations of the entertainment space included demolishing the stage and back of house areas and rebuilding them to evoke a modern feel and entice new bands to perform at the outdoor amphitheater. As this is an active concert venue, JP2 Architects worked closely with the contractor to ensure project completion in the off-season. This phase of the project was open for the 2017 season, and is also available to reserve for private events.

Project: Concept Hotel
Client: Private

JP2’s concept for a conference center hotel in mid-Maryland was inspired by a neighboring natural area and the ability to extend the existing green space up and into the proposed hotel. The hotel will feature over 250 guestrooms, 15,000sf of meeting space and multiple fine dining venues. The project is expected to be at the forefront of environmentally sound design.

Project: Crosswinds Resort
Client: ASHA Hotels

Proposed as the premier destination hotel in the Mid-Atlantic region, the design for the Crosswinds Resort combines both an indoor waterpark and state of the art conference center in this world class facility. The resort’s 700+ guest rooms provide visitors elegant accommodation as they enjoy the waterpark and spa, gather in its over 20 meeting rooms and oversize ballroom, and stroll the resort's offering of shops and restaurants.

Project: The Shops at Riverside - AMC Addition
Client: Simon Property Group

The Shops at Riverside is an upscale , enclosed shopping center in Hackensack, N.J. first opened in 1977. With the closing and take-back of a three-level Saks Fifth Avenue department store, JP2 was retained to fully convert the building into shops, restaurants, and a new flagship luxury AMC multi-screen theater. The 1,100-seat theater facility occupies the upper level of the former department store building. The AMC required demolition and reconstruction of the upper floor with the roof at a higher level to accommodate the theater stadium seating. The entire building was stripped to a structural frame and brought up to current requirements for life safety. JP2 worked closely with AMC to integrate their requirements for projection mezzanines, acoustics, and other vital aspect essential to their new luxury cinema offering while still allowing restaurant and retail tenants including Cheesecake Factory and Barnes & Noble to occupy the lower level.

Project: Q Street Hostel
Client: Tiber Creek Associates

This four star hostel is an exciting new brand concept being introduced into major metropolitan areas to fill a market niche for affordable but high quality hostel rooms. The open plan lobby and amenity spaces include a movie lounge, recessed putting green and a high-style ‘grab and go’ kitchen & dining area. The prototype version proposed for a site in southwest Washington, D.C. is a five-story, five hundred bed building that includes amenities such as a roof plaza, entertainment venues, and a bicycle rental program. Each hostel is envisioned as a minimum LEED silver building.

Project: Herrington Harbour
Client: Herrington Harbour

A redevelopment of the Inn at Herrington Harbor South, and the development of a new Banquet Hall, this concept / project master plan includes removing an existing Inn containing 43 rooms on a site at the water’s edge and replacing it with a state of the art, upscale 60 room Inn. In addition, the scheme includes the creation of an architecturally compatible banquet hall building to support the on-going catered events at the site. The architecture is at once both casual and elegant, in keeping with its ‘yacht club’ setting.