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Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia Jerrily R. Kress Confirmation Resolution of 1998
PR 12-632

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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor


To confirm the reappointment of Ms. Jerrily R. Kress to the Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia Jerrily R. Kress Confirmation Resolution of 1998".

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the reappointment of:

Ms. Jerrily R. Kress
4201 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., #604W
Washington, D.C. 20016
(Ward 3)

as a member of the Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia, established by section 1 of An Act To regulate the height, area, and use of buildings in the District of Columbia and to create a Zoning Commission, and for other purposes, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 810; D.C. Code, sec. 5-412), for a term to end February 3, 2000.

Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.

Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

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Home Address:
4201 Cathedral Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20016
(H) 363-4646 (0) 965-7070


  • Bachelor of Architecture, Graduated Phi Kappa Phi & Mortar Board, Montana State University, 1967-70
  • Business & Mathematics Major Valparaiso University, 1963-66


  • District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certified


  • American Institute of Architects
  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • Washington Building Congress
  • The Greater Washington Board of Trade
  • United Way
  • D.C. Preservation League
  • The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Business and Professional Association of Georgetown
  • Corporations Against Drug Abuse


  • Selected panelist to meet with Fidel Castro in Cuba for the professional analysis of architectural preservation effort in Havana. 1988.
  • Passive Solar Energy Conference, AIA, 1978
  • "Solar Energy and Conservation", U.S.D.A. Graduate School, 1978.
  • Visiting Design Critic, The Catholic University.


  • 1988 Citizen Contribution of the Year Award from The Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs, Washington, D.C.
  • Featured Business Entrepreneur on PBS-TV program "Money Watch", 1988.
  • The National Women's Forum, Washington, D.C. Chapter, Elected to Membership 1984.
  • Featured Business Leader, "Risk Takers", Washingtonian Magazine, 1985.
  • Community Leaders of America, 1983.
  • Outstanding Young Women of America, 1981.
  • Inter-American Development Bank Exhibition, Exhibit of Women Architects, 1976.
  • Featured Architect on NBC-TV program "A Woman Is", 1975-76.
  • National AIA Award of Merit, 1971.
  • United Way Community Service Awards 1978 - 1991.


  • American Institute of Architects, Washington Chapter, President 1991.
  • Business and Professional Association of Georgetown, President 1992-93.
  • District of Columbia Zoning Commission, Vice Chairperson, 1993-97.
  • District of Columbia Occupational Safety and Health, Board Member.
  • District of Columbia Mayor's Building Code Advisory Committee (BCAC), Chairperson.
  • District of Columbia United Way, Past President.
  • National Capital Area United Way, Chairperson Social Planning Committee, Board Member.
  • Washington Board of Trade, Board of Directors.
  • HEROES, Board of Directors.
  • Corporation Against Drug Abuse, Board of Directors.
  • D.C. Builders Association, Board of Directors.


Ms. Kress has over 26 years of diversified architectural experience. She has expertise in historic research gained as a member of the Historic American Buildings Survey, she is a value engineering specialist and she has a strong background in computer-aided financial systems. As Managing Principal, she coordinates architectural and engineering disciplines for small through large-scale projects involving planning and architectural design, as well as programming and space planning/accessibility design. Her experience in business administration extends from her role as corporate manager of two predecessor firms prior the founding of KressCox Associates in 1981.

Ms. Kress has served as Principal-in-Charge/Project Manager for a broad range of commercial, industrial, civic and residential projects. Her work includes new construction, preservation and restoration of landmark structures and adaptive re-use design. Career assignments include:

  • Facilities planning and energy/economic analysis for a $30 million office building for AT&T, including the establishment of space standards, acoustical standards and determination of work flow and collocation;
  • Facilities planning, design, construction supervision and energy/economic analyses for a $8 million computer research/office complex for NASA's Spacelab program;
  • Renovation and preservation of the Federal Trade Commission Building in Washington, D.C.;
  • Design of the Hirschorn Sculpture Garden of the Smithsonian Institution;
  • Renovation and new construction design, including energy analysis, economic analysis, value engineering, fire protection and life safety studies for Department of Defense installations at the Pentagon, historic Washington Navy Yard, Naval Surface Weapons Center, Naval Observatory, and David Taylor Naval Research and Development Center.

Ms. Kress' recent work includes:

  • The new $200 million World Bank Headquarters that includes over 2 million s.f. of office space and 250,000 s.f. of special purpose spaces such as a medical clinic, training laboratory, library, print shops, travel, shipping and mail distribution.
  • A new $14 million, 135 000 s.f., office building at 1331 F Street.
  • The $14 million renovation/addition of the Category III 1903 Beaux Arts Colorado Building.
  • The $7 million renovation/addition of 1301 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
  • A feasibility study for the new $112 million Naval Intelligence Command Headquarters.
  • The $5 million master planning and interior design of Mutual Broadcasting's Washington, D.C. headquarters. Design priorities included the creation of a new image through the redesign of facilities.
  • Planning and design of an $ 11 million new computer/administrative center for the Naval Electronics Systems Engineering Activity with fully-equipped labs to conduct a military craft program in the Atlantic. Design entailed completion of requisite energy and economic analysis, value engineering, fire protection and life safety studies and preparation of a PED for the Navy.
  • Completion of a study of the politically-sensitive Whitehurst Freeway Corridor, including urban design, historic preservation analysis and preparation of EIS, 106 and 4(f) reports.

Other project experience includes:

The National Fire Academy/Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Federal Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beckley, West Virginia – two $18 million projects, the former adapting the historic 100- acre campus of a former private school for re-use as a fire and emergency training center; the latter constructing a new high-tech mine safety training facility.

Ms. Kress also served as Project Manager on McPherson Square Station, a cut and cover subway station in Washington's Metro system, and as Principal-in-Charge for two suburban Metro stations – the $80 million Medical Center and Bethesda Stations. Work included site planning, traffic planning, real estate analysis, design of two rock tunnels and precast concrete subway stations.


Ms. Kress extends and enriches her skills as a managing principal and architect at KressCox by actively integrating her volunteer work with her professional work. Ms. Kress served as the 1991 President of the D.C. Chapter of the AIA. One particularly significant example of her community work involves the position as chairperson of the D.C. Building Codes Advisory Committee, which recently rewrote the building codes for the District of Columbia. Currently, she is leading the committee in the process of adopting the 1991 BOCA codes with amendments. In addition, she is a member of the D.C. Occupational Safety and Health Board and was recently appointed to the D.C. Zoning Commission. As a result of her active participation on these and other business-related boards, she is able to keep KressCox continually up to date on the changing building codes and regulations in the Washington area - a crucial element in the successful production of its designs.

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