Architects

The Liz | Whitman-Walker Health

SK&A provided structural engineering services for the redevelopment of the Whitman-Walker Health Clinic site into “The Liz”, a mixed-use development incorporating new residential, retail, and office spaces.  The project also entailed the renovation and repurposing of the clinic’s existing historic structures located at 1701 and 1711 14th Street, NW.

The preservation of the two historic buildings required significant underpinning and other below-grade modifications to the existing basements.  The new structures are seven stories above-grade with two new below-grade levels.  The residential areas occupy approximately 80,000 gsf (78 luxury apartments) and retail and office spaces are 80,000 gsf.   Retail tenants include Sephora, Bluestone Lane, Amazon and Parachute Home.  The office space houses Whitman-Walker’s new headquarters, encompassing their administrative, legal, public benefits and research departments, as well as offices for Fivesquares Development and the Goethe Institute, a German language school.

The development also includes a 2,800 sf cultural space for community events and art exhibitions focused on the LGBTQ community.  The remaining square footage (approximately 60,000 gsf) consist sof areas for parking, loading and other back-of-house functions.

DC Water Headquarters

SK&A provided structural engineering services for the design of DC Water’s new headquarters.  The stylistic, modern facility is located on 2.75 acres, adjacent to the waterfront mixed-use development, The Yards, and the Washington National’s baseball stadium.  

The new building is a six-story, 150,000 gsf steel-frame structure with a fluid form. The building footprint was carefully shaped to develop a unique, site-specific solar response and consists of full-height curtainwall on the south, east, and west sides to take advantage of the scenic views, and gradually shifts to punched windows on the less scenic north side of the building.  The structure consists of a framed concrete slab-at-grade with six levels (five office levels and an accessible roof terrace) of composite steel construction.

The exterior facades feature a glass and aluminum curtain wall system on the south facade, and a “variegated green rainscreen panel system” on the north and west facades.  The building was constructed around and above the existing “O” Street Pumping Station, which maintained full operations throughout construction.  Foundations for the structure consists of below grade transfer elements and deep foundations.  As part of the landscape design, an exterior boardwalk and metal grating structure was implemented over existing tidal gates.

New mechanical equipment support and an enclosure were added on top of the existing pump station building.  New openings in the exterior walls at the ground floor  of the pump station facility provide a visual connection to the pump room from the new lobby.

Additional project features include an entry court, interactive exhibit space, and a boardwalk along the south facade.  The mechanical systems uses the pump station wastewater for heat recovery and rainwater from the rooftop will be collected in a cistern to use for toilet flushing.

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