Innovative Urban Development


St. Elizabeths East

Catherine Buell served as the executive director of St. Elizabeths East at a vital time, as the District of Columbia's efforts moved from the Master Planning phase to project implementation and development.  St. Elizabeths East, located in one of Washington D.C.'s most underserved communities, is a 183-acre historic campus that is being transformed into a vibrant 5 million square foot mixed-use community.

R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center

Starting with a 2-page concept paper, Buell led the development of the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center while serving as the Executive Director of St. Elizabeths East.  The R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center is a state-of-the art technology and innovation center developed to introduce residents in Southeast D.C. to the innovation economy.  R.I.S.E. was developed in partnership with the surrounding Ward 8 community and stands for Relate, Innovate, Stimulate and Elevate ("Rel8.Innov8.Stimul8.Elev8").


Innovative Programming and Job Training

R.I.S.E. introduced innovative programming, such as “STEAM on the RISE” – a series of programs designed to promote science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. With the assistance of key educational partners R.I.S.E. also provides access to low-income residents to the technology and innovation markets.


R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center Wins Historic Preservation Award

Washington Post, $8 Million Demonstration Center Debuts on the St. Elizabeths Campus (2014)

Tech Center Opening Brings a New Day to Ward 8 (2014)

WAMU/NPR, Is D.C. Transforming From A Government Town Into A Tech Hub? (2014)

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