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Live Eat Work and Play: Collection 14 Delivers Eco-Living and Modern Appliances from AjMadison

Collection 14 is one of Washington DC’s largest redevelopment projects in the last decade. Located at 2102-2124 14 Street, NW, and 1400 W Street, NW, 20009, along the vibrant 14 Street corridor, this mixed-use project incorporated 233 residential units, 25,000 square-feet of retail, 5,300 square-feet of office space, and a 4,000 square-foot event space.

Residents at Collection 14 benefit from close proximity to the bustling 14 Street corridor along with top-tier amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, business lounge, pet spa, concierge, security, and a rooftop penthouse lounge with private gathering rooms, grilling stations, fire pits, and lawn games.

According to Arman Hekmat, Development Analyst at Madison Investments, “14th Street is the cities restaurant and entertainment corridor, with close proximity to public transportation and the metro. It is also directly adjacent to the Reeves Center which is going to be redeveloped. The event space at Collection 14 will provide the possibility for the community to share and display local art” Hekmat adds, “This project will provide more options for residential housing in the community. This development will include 20 Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) affordable housing units.”

As a redevelopment project, the team at Madison Investments prioritized blending the historic facade and new construction. “As part of the project’s plan, we preserved a collection of historic facades and an entire historic building, which was subsequently integrated into the new construction.” Mentions Hekmat, “The goal was not to be just another new big building behind a bunch of historic buildings but to integrate the new with the old in a way that was intentional and brings the best of both the new and the old architecture”.

The residential units offer 360-degree views and quality construction and detailing. The appliances were supplied by AjMadison. The building is LEED Certified, and sustainability was a major consideration. According to Jeannine Muller, of Perkins Eastman, “We selected appliances that would meet our LEED goals. This meant ENERGYSTAR Certified appliances, and plumbing fixtures with a lower gallon per minute flow, for the building to consume less energy and less water.”

Since energy conservation was a major focus of the project, it was critical to source products that minimized energy and water consumption. Larger layouts included Blomberg BRFB1822SSN 30-inch ENERGYSTAR rated bottom freezer refrigerator with dual evaporators, antibacterial interior, and fast freezing. Its included Blue Light Food preservation system extends the storage of fruits and vegetables up to three times by naturally promoting photosynthesis, plus a negative ion air purifier to kill bacteria. These luxurious refrigerators also include convenience features such as a fingerprint resistant coating, wine rack, tall bottle door bins, and an internal icemaker.

An included dishwasher provides tremendous benefits for apartment dwellers. A fully integrated built-in dishwasher from Blomberg DWS51502SS offers 8 place settings, 5 programs, and adjustable upper rack. This ENERGYSTAR rated dishwasher uses as little as 2.5 gallons per cycle, a tremendous water savings when compared to washing dishes by hand. Plus, its unique design features include multiple insulation layers to reduce thermal loss and a variable speed circulation.

Style was another major consideration, especially when it came to selecting the cooking appliances. All models selected offer clean lines, black glass, and sleek silver handles that complement the projects clean Scandi-chic aesthetic. The cooking appliances incorporated into each unit were curated for aesthetics and functionality. Many units feature a sleek electric cooktop installed over a built-in single wall oven below. This design makes the appliances blend beautifully into the surrounding cabinets and countertops. Larger floor plans called for 30-inch Blomberg BWOS30200SS single wall oven with convection cooking, self-clean, and Sabbath mode. Above, the GE JP3030DJBB 30-inch smooth top electric cooktop offers four burners wit a keep warm setting. Above, the Blomberg BOTR30102SS 30-inch over-the-range microwave comes equipped with auto cook, 300 CFM, and 1.5 cubic feet of cooking capacity.

According to Muller, “The DC market is trending toward small, efficient unit layouts. This project maximizes efficiency within a compact floorplan and provides amenity spaces for residents to enjoy outside of their units.” Small space layouts included appliances that met the project’s design, efficiency, and space considerations. Finding appliances for tight spaces is no easy task. With more than 150 brands, AjMadison guarantees to have a comparable product in stock for immediate shipment to meet your project deadline. Offering the right fit for every budget, the experts at AjMadison customize the perfect package for every situation.

Units included cooking appliances such as a Summit CR2B23T3B 12-inch 2-burner electric cooktop with 9 power levels and digital controls above a Blomberg BWOS24110SS 24-inch built-in single electric wall oven with true European convection and LED controls. Up top, the XO XOOTR24BS 24-inch Over the Range Microwave with make-up air compliant 300 CFM blower, 1,000 watts of microwave cooking power, and sensor cooking. To round out the look, a Blomberg  BRFB1045SS 24-inch bottom freezer refrigerator an ENERGYSTAR qualified model with glass shelves, LED lights, and an advanced multi-cycle, no-frost, silent cooling technology.

While units offer an efficient layout, another focus of the project was accessibility. Muller continues “The project was designed in a way that gives people of all abilities the opportunity to live, work, and play seamlessly. Spaces are designed to be inclusive for all. There were some challenges that arised with the Accessible (ADA) units that required different appliances than other units. AjMadison was very helpful in suggesting alternative products that would solve the challenges. For instance, we needed a stove and oven that was 34-inches tall rather than the standard 36-inch height. They were able to find a product that met this while also meeting budget and design criteria.”

Accessible layouts included Whirlpool WEE510SAGS 30-inch slide-in electric ranges with adjustable self-cleaning oven, ceramic glass cooktop, and storage drawer. Also included were a fully integrated panel-ready Bosch 800 Series SPV68U53UC 18-inch ENERGYSTAR rated dishwasher and a Marvel MA24RAS2LS 24-Inch under counter refrigerator with two cantilever glass shelves, crisper drawer, door storage, and LED lighting.

Perhaps the most luxurious addition for residents is the presence of energy efficient washer dryer sets. The Blomberg WM98200SX 24-inch Washer offers 2.5 cubic feet capacity and offers specialty cycles for athletic clothes, bedding, jeans, and a quick 20-minute cycle. All Blomberg washers are ENERGY STAR® certified for conserving energy and water. Each machine features an automatic water adjustment system that calculates the volume of laundry, so every load uses only the amount of water required to spotlessly clean. The matching Blomberg DHP24400W 24-inch Ventless Heat Pump Dryer is the ultimate energy saver using a closed loop heat exchange system to dry at lower temperatures. This dryer also includes important features such as a sanitize cycle, quick dry, and child lock.

With a wide range of amenities and common spaces for people to socialize, attend events, and work, residents gain the flexibility to mingle when desired. The expansive rooftop penthouse lounge is a luxurious gathering place. This rooftop oasis is a common space appointed with fire pits, gas grills, and entertainment spaces. Barbecue enthusiasts will love the Lynx Sedona Series L600PSFR 36-Inch Freestanding Gas Grills with 891 square inches of cooking surface each and an independent rotisserie burner. These professional grills deliver restaurant grade cooking results.

Beyond being a resource for a vast breadth of appliances, our goal is to help every project run smoothly. It takes a dedicated team of knowledgeable appliance experts to recommend the best products for every situation. “AjMadison did a wonderful job helping us specify appliances based on our required performance and aesthetic needs”, Hekmat adds, “As we ran into issues, they were very flexible and accommodating in finding alternative solutions that still met the project goals.” There is a lot of information out there, at AjMadison trade experts have an average tenure of 10+ years in business. They are rigorously trained to recommend the right appliances for every budget, schedule, and project application. With expansive knowledge and expertise, AjMadison provides skillful advice, support, and the best market pricing.

Founded in 2001, this family-owned business has become the leading online retailer of top-rated appliances. AjMadison was named the top Household Appliances retailer in Newsweek’s Best Online Shops 2021. AjMadison operates the largest direct-to-site appliance logistics network in the US. With showroom locations in Brooklyn, New York, Washington DC, and coming soon, Sunny Isles, Florida, AjMadison’s dedicated builder team is the best in the business.

With over 2.5 million customers, AjMadison is the industry’s foremost appliance authority offering an unrivaled selection of top-rated home and kitchen appliances. The company has an exceptional team of appliance experts to assist customers with navigating the wide array of brands available, with thousands of in-stock products that are ready to ship. With more than 150 brands, AjMadison offers an Appliance Match – offering a comparable product in stock for immediate shipment to meet your project deadline. AjMadison is dedicated to the principle of “service after the sale,” standing by each customer from the point of purchase through the life of the appliance.