Topping Out The Douglass in the Bridge District

April 25, 2024

The Douglass just topped out! The Topping Out celebration happened to coincide with Take Your Child to Work Day. Hence, the added “aww-factor” of our SK&A-group in attendance! Our SK&A Team Members (and Junior Team Members) were pleased to join Redbrick LMD, ZGF Architects, and HITT Contracting for the festivities. Located in The Bridge District, at the foot of the Frederick Douglass Bridge, this 912,000 square foot building is comprised of market-rate and affordable housing, along with retail space. The Douglass is aiming for a 2025 completion with a LEED v4.1 Platinum certification. Additionally, it is slated to “become the largest ILFI Zero Carbon multifamily building in the country!” (

“Located on previously undeveloped land at the foot of the Frederick Douglass Bridge, The Bridge District will connect the established Capitol Riverfront neighborhood with the communities south and east of the Anacostia River. Although Ward 8 is home to 25% of DC’s population, it has been historically overlooked for investments in housing, healthcare, and services that have benefitted other areas of the District. The Douglass aims to bridge this divide by establishing new housing and retail responsive to the community’s needs and wants. Seventy-eight of the building’s 757 units will be affordable and rented to those making no more than 60% of the area’s median family income. In response to the community’s desire for greater housing options for families, 29 of the units will have three bedrooms. Recognizing that the Douglass will serve not only its own residents but the greater Anacostia neighborhood, the building is planned to maximize the amount of ground-floor real estate dedicated to retail and community uses. The project aims to attract local retailers to expand economic opportunity and ground the new development in the surrounding neighborhood.” (Source:

We applaud the entire project team for their efforts in reaching this milestone and recognize the following SK&A Structural Engineers’ team members who have contributed to this project’s success: Walid Choueiri, PE, SE, Daniel Cocciardi, PE, SE,  Zifan Ye, EIT,  and Megan Dulmaine, EIT.

Learn more about this project and view project renderings on the ZGF website: