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The Washington Center to Build Student Housing Facility In Washington, D.C.’s NoMa

Washington, D.C., February 5, 2009… The Washington Center (TWC) will soon begin construction of a 140,000 square foot, 95-unit housing facility in the rapidly developing NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Slated for completion in August of 2010, this $38 million project will serve as a centralized mini-campus for college students participating in the TWC’s prestigious internship programs. Paradigm Development Company of Arlington, Virginia has been selected by TWC to develop the project. “Our vision is to build a housing facility that gives our students both a modern and convenient shared living experience to grow and learn with people from varied backgrounds and interests,” said Mike Smith, President of TWC.The 345-bed building will house 80 percent of TWC’s students each semester – some 1,200 per year. Each living unit will include a shared kitchen, living room, and washer/dryer, plus bedrooms for several students and high-speed Internet access. On the lower level, students will be able to meet in common areas to collaborate on projects and socialize.

TWC closed recently on the acquisition of a land parcel of approximately 29,000 square feet on the northeast corner of Third and K Streets, N.E., formerly used as a taxicab parking lot. It is located directly across Third Street from Union Place, a residential complex currently under development by Cohen Companies, and just one block from another residential development, Senate Square and Landmark Lofts.

“The third residential project to break ground in NoMa, The Washington Center’s residential facility will bring over a thousand young people each year to live just blocks from the U.S. Capitol and within easy reach of everything that Washington has to offer,” said Elizabeth Price, President of the NoMa Business Improvement District (BID). “Both NoMa and the entire city will benefit.”

As a leader in the field of experiential education for the past 33 years, TWC brings students from across the country and around the world to Washington, D.C. for the chance to test-drive their careers and learn applied skills through TWC’s internship programs.

About The Washington Center
Established in 1975, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. TWC has more than 40,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. For more information, visit

About the NoMa BID
NoMa is an emerging mixed-use neighborhood north of the U.S. Capitol and Union Station in Washington, D.C. Private developers have invested over $1 billion in 2007-2008 alone, with plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space in the 35-block area covered by the NoMa BID over the next 10 years. For more information about the BID, including an interactive development map, see the BID Web site at

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