Honoree: The St. James

What was once the headquarters for Washington Gas and Electric is now a massive playground for Greater Washington residents looking to get in shape, train for a sport or grab a meal from “Top Chef” alum Spike Mendelsohn.

Kendrick Ashton and Craig Dixon, local residents who founded the St. James sports and entertainment complex in Springfield, knew that D.C. was a great sports town that lacked training facilities, says Mike Gill, senior vice president of acquisitions for the project’s developer, Akridge. The pair devised a concept that offers fitness options, as well as sports training and family excursions. 

The site has dual ice rinks, a turf field, an Olympic-sized pool, an indoor water park, gymnastics center, climbing wall, tennis and squash courts, batting cages, golf simulators and an “American Ninja Warrior”-like obstacle course. There is also a spa, restaurants, retail and birthday party rooms. 

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