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WALTON . MADDEN . COOPER . ROBINSON . PONESS, INC

 

ABOUT US

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Walton Madden Cooper Robinson Poness, Inc provides professional and architectural design and planning services to the Mid-Atlantic region.  Founded in 1950, the firm has experience with a wide range of building types including commercial, education, government, and institutional.

WMCRP is a multi-disciplinary design firm offering a wide range of professional services both to public and private clients.  Our staff includes in-house specialists in architecture, planning and urban design, landscape design, interior architecture, and graphics.  The carefully structured interaction of our professional team enables us to meet design challenges in a comprehensive way with due regard for aesthetic, environmental, functional and budgetary considerations.

Our goals for every project are to achieve excellence in design and to fully meet the unique needs of each client. 

 

HISTORY

WALTON AND MADDEN (1953-1969)

The offices of Walton and Madden were originally located at 3510 Rhode Island Avenue in Mount Rainier and the firm produced both Modern and colonial/classical revival work in Prince George's County.  Walton was responsible for the firm's traditional architecture and Madden the contemporary.  Walton and Madden evolved from the firm Kea, Ross and Walton, which was changed to Ross and Walton when Paul Kea left the partnership in 1941.  The firm became Ross, Walton and Madden in 1950 with the addition of partner Dennis William Madden who had joined the firm in 1946.  It became Walton and Madden in 1953 with the retirement from the partnership of R. Webster Ross.  Occupying offices at 6201 Riverdale Road, Riverdale by 1969, Walton and Madden Architects, Cooper and Auerbach. (John M. Walton and Associates was located in Arlington, Virginia and the majority of the firm's work was undertaken there.)  The firm continues today as WMCRP Architects with offices in Greenbelt.

 

SELECT MIDCENTURY-MODERN WORKS

 

1956 Citizen's Bank of Maryland | 1961 Salvation Army Corps Community Center, |1963 WSSC Addition | 1964 Hyattsville Library | 1968 Greenbelt Library

 

TOP AWARDS

Potomac Valley Chapter American Institute of Architects: Honor Award for Architectural Excellence

Maryland Society of the American Institute of Architects: Merit Award for Architectural Excellence

Metropolitan Washington and Virginia Chapters of Associate Builders and Contractors: Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Construction

The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture and Faith and Forum Magazine: Millennium Design Award for Religious Architecture

Washington Chapter, American Institute of Architects: Preservation Awards Program

 

 

CLIENTS

Friends Community School
PGC Office of Central Services
University of Maryland, College Park
Prince George's County Public Schools
Montgomery County Public Schools
Prince George's Community College
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Ohev Sholom The National Shrine
St. John's Episcopal Church
Beth Tfiloh Synagogue
Village of Friendship Heights
Dustin Construction
Virginia Theological Seminary
Jewish Primary School
Lorton Development Group
Talbot County Library
Beth El Synagogue
Central Baptist Church
College of Southern Maryland
Southern MD Higher Ed. Center
Wakefield School
Montgomery County Dept. of General Services
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
RECMP, Llc
Blake Real Estate, LLC
The Foundation School

WMCRP TEAM

 
 
 
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KATHY DENISE DIXON, AIA, NOMAC, LEED AP+I, NCARB, CDT

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Ms. Dixon is a licensed architect with more than 20 years of experience involving various building types and facilities. She has been involved in every stage of the construction process and has experience in educational, commercial, residential and government projects. A graduate of Howard University’s School of Architecture, Ms. Dixon continued her secondary education at UCLA, matriculating with a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, with a focus on Housing and Community Development.

During her career, Kathy has worked on a number of educational facilities in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. She spent several years working on national contracts with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) including Potomac TRACON and several Air Traffic Control (ARTCC) facilities. Prior to moving to government and institutional projects, she worked four years with McDonald’s Corporation developing new restaurants, site planning, designing commercial kitchens, and creating child oriented play areas. Most recently, Ms. Dixon designed civic facilities and faith-based institutions including fire stations, churches, family life centers, schools and senior housing. Ms. Dixon has been certified by the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Program (LEED AP), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), as well as CSI’s Certified Documents Technologist (CDT) program. She is licensed in Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

 
 
 

ART ROBINSON, AIA, LEED AP

ARCHITECT|PROJECT MANAGER

Art directs the preparation of all construction drawings and specifications by the technical staff of the firm.  He has more than 30 years professional experience in feasibility/planning studies, value engineering, architectural design, and the production of contract documents.  Mr. Robinson's architectural experience encompasses design and production for a variety of projects including:  schools, churches, attached and detached housing, mid-rise apartment buildings, office buildings, and retail centers.  In addition to his architectural production activities, Mr. Robinson has been involved in a number of physical planning studies related to zoning, development feasibility potential, and space use programming. He is a graduate of Howard University and is registered to practice architecture in the State of Maryland, Registration No. 3324-A (1075) and in the District of Columbia, Registration No. 5745.  

 
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MIKE PONESS, AIA  

ARCHITECT|PROJECT MANAGER

Mike is responsible for coordinating and directing architectural design services for the firm.  He has more than 30 years of professional experience in architectural design, land development planning and urban design.  As Design Principal, Mr. Poness has been responsible for a wide variety of projects, including educational facilities, churches, hotels, and office buildings.  His work has earned design awards from a number of national, state and local organizations.  He has appeared as an expert witness before the Planning Boards, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Historic Preservation Commission in Washington, D.C., Montgomery, and Prince George's Counties.  He is registered to practice architecture in the State of Maryland, Registration No. 3650-A (1977), and in the state of Virginia, Registration No. 008994.  Mike is a ceramics specialist and teaches pottery design in his spare time.

 

 

 
 
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KEVIN MCPARTLAND

ARCHITECT|PROJECT MANAGER

Kevin’s responsibilities include project design development in conjunction with the Design Department and preparation of contract documents on specific projects.  He has over 20 years of professional experience in the development of architectural projects at WMCRP, Inc.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and is registered to practice architecture in the District of Columbia, Registration No. 706004832.  Kevin is an avid game designer and creator of Conquest of Paradise board game.

 
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JIM GIOKAS 

ARCHITECT|PROJECT MANAGER

Jim is responsible for the preparation of contract documents and construction phase services for various projects.  He has 36 years of experience in the general practice of architecture with over 30 years at WMCRP, Inc.  Mr. Giokas is also experienced in photography, building code compliance and technical writing.  He is registered to practice architecture in the District of Columbia, Registration No. 706004066, Virginia Registration No. 0401 012136, and the State of Maryland, Registration No. 8980-A.  He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America.  In addition James has experience as a professional photographer and as a technical writer.  Jim’s  interests also include historic preservation and restoring classic cars.

 
 
 

MARTY LUBIN

ARCHITECT|PROJECT MANAGER

As Project Manager, Mr. Lubin is responsible for coordination, production and elaboration of materials through all phases of architectural design. Mr. Lubin is well qualified for his responsibilities as project manager. He has over 25 years experience in the practice of architecture and is registered to practice in the State of Maryland.  His experience encompasses design development, programming, space planning, preparation of construction documents and contract administration. He is adept at renovation projects and new buildings, as well as additions to existing facilities. His background includes work on educational (elementary through University), religious, governmental, correctional, and open-end projects.

 
 

DAVE WHAPLES

ARCHITECT|PROJECT MANAGER

As Director of Design, Mr. Whaples is responsible for all phases of architectural design. Dave has over 20 years experience in the practice of architecture with WMCRP and is registered to practice in the State of Maryland under Registration No. 9409.  He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Master of Architecture degree.  David is a long time resident of Greenbelt and is actively involved in positions of leadership within the community.

 
 
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MARY ETZWILER

 COMPTROLLER

Mary Etzwiler has been the office manager and bookkeeper for WMCRP for nearly 20 years.  She is originally from Upstate NY and loves skiing, sailing, and antiquing.  Mary has two children and a granddaughter and loves to travel.  In her spare time she participates in the visiting seniors program with her rescued handicapped puppy named Maggie.

 
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