Initially, we had planned for 16′ ceilings on the conservatories. But because of the wind factor and loss of intimacy , we scaled down the height of the conservatories. Conservatory Craftsmen helped us to modify the plans and brought the project in within budget. They were the easiest contractors to work with in the entire project.”
Mary Ellen Slattery of Peterson Companies
The Back Story
When Fireman Hospitality Group decided to open a new Bond 45 restaurant in National Harbor, Maryland, overlooking the marina on the banks of the Potomac River, their challenge was to take advantage of the view on the terrace all year long, not just the few months of seasonal weather. The solution: a conservatory, bringing the feeling and light of the outdoors into a room protected from the weather. However, one large conservatory on the long terrace would not give the intimacy desired, so the group elected to build four separate green hip‐roofed conservatories, all overlooking the harbor.
Conservatory Craftsmen began construction on November 7, with the bulk of the project done by Thanksgiving and the entire project being finished by the restaurant’s opening in January. “This project was a challenge, both in meeting deadlines and the construction specifications,” said Jim Hewitt of Conservatory Craftsmen. “But we had a great time working with the restaurant and the National Harbor group.”
In addition to designing and building the conservatory framework with a green powder coating to match the restaurant’s specifications, special glass had to be manufactured and installed to give privacy to dining, full view effect to the harbor and protection from occasional sun glare.
Already a landmark in New York’s theater district, Bond 45, a New York Italian Steak and Seafood House brings its retro Italian dining experience to the National Harbor complex of hotel, convention center, retail, dining, residential and office space, minutes from Washington, DC, and a short ferry ride or drive from Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The restaurant seats 275, and the four glass conservatories are ideal for private dining for groups of 10 to 28.
Conservatory Craftsmen builds conservatories that are designed to outlast a hurricane and bear up under three feet of heavy snow.
BCT is a creative, multi-disciplinary design studio. We specialize in all aspects of master planning, architecture, interior design, and environmental graphics. While the breadth of our practice is constantly expanding, we continue to be recognized as leaders in the design of mixed-use projects for the retail, residential, hospitality, senior living, and corporate office sectors. Through each stage of our growth and development, we have remained true to our original values– the design and creation of dynamic environments that enhance communities and improve quality of life.
As the designer and architect for five waterfront buildings at National Harbor, BCT was instrumental in creating an exciting urban, mixed-use, waterside community development in Prince George’s County, MD. BCT’s contributions to the project include restaurant, retail, and offices as well as residential and hotel spaces.
Peterson Companies is dedicated to developing communities in the Washington, DC area that offer a sense of place. Whether enhancing existing neighborhoods, or developing from the ground up, Peterson Companies’ track record of creativity, problem solving and resilience is reflected in a portfolio bustling with life – and thriving.
Built on a scale rarely seen, National Harbor is the D.C. metro area’s newest premier waterfront community, just steps from the Nation’s capital. This exciting and vibrant community features a wide array of restaurants, unparalleled shopping, stunning office space and lavish residences which make National Harbor a destination unto itself.