Fine/Performing Arts

The Wharf DC

SK&A has provided structural engineering services for Phases One and Two of the transformative, new mixed-use waterfront redevelopment, The Wharf.  Located on the historic Washington Channel, adjacent to the L’Enfant Plaza and the Waterfront Metro Stations, the development integrates residential, office, retail, hotel, cultural facilities, and multiple public spaces along a total of 27 acres.

Phase I

SK&A provided structural services for three of five total parcels in Phase 1 of the project, as well as the two-level underground garage that supports all of the parcels in Phase 1.  The parcels consist of:

  • Parcel 3 – is divided into two sections: 
    • 3A includes an office building (200,000 gsf) with 20,000 gsf of ground floor retail; 
    • 3B includes a 12-story hotel (238,000 gsf) with 268 rooms, restaurants, bars, ballrooms and other meeting/event spaces, a spa, and retail space. 
  • Parcel 4 – consists of a 12-story mixed-use residential building, evenly divided between apartments and condominiums (310,000 gsf).  A 50,000 gsf health club and 25,000 gsf of retail space will also be included in this structure.
  • Parcel 5 – includes two hotels housed in a single building (250,000 sf).

Phase II

Similar to Phase I, SK&A is also providing structural services for parcels 6, 7, 8 and 10 within Phase II of the project.  These parcels consist of:

  • Parcels 6 & 7 – will include two trophy office buildings with an extensive ground floor area for retail or additional office spaces.  Combined, these parcels will include approximately 430,000 gsf of office, 45,000 gsf of retail, and 4,000 gsf of back-of-house space.  
  • Parcel 8 – will be a mixed-income apartment building with retail spaces, including a grocery store and movie theater on the ground and second floors. Parcel 8 will include approximately 265,000 sf of apartment units/amenity space, 28,000 sf of retail, 26,000 sf movie theater, 3,400 sf of back-of-house space.  
  • Parcel 10 – is slated to be a boutique office building with retail on the ground floor. Parcel 10 will include approximately 50,000 sf of office, 20,000 sf of retail and 1,800 sf of back-of-house space.

For the Phase II parcels, two garages, Garage 2 & Garage 3, support the multiple buildings that sit above grade.  SK&A is providing structural design for Garage 2  which supports Parcels 6, 7 and 8 and will be two levels below grade 

Tivoli Theater Mixed-Use Development, 14th & Park Road

A mixed-use development, the project entailed the restoration of the existing 1920s era Tivoli Theatre in Columbia Heights for use as retail space on the ground floor, office space, and a new, 250-seat, live theater on the second floor.  The project’s scope also featured a new post-tensioned concrete building adjacent to the Tivoli Theater, housing a full-sized Giant Food grocery store and an additional two-story, steel-framed retail and office building with parking, flanking the Tivoli’s northside.

Renovations of the Italian Renaissance Revival-styled theater included a building structure evaluation, preparation of drawings and repair documents, and the performance of quality assurance inspections.  The load-bearing brick masonry had been severely worn and deteriorated and the building structure was undergoing severe corrosion of embedded structural steel elements resulting from water intrusion through cracks in the brick masonry, an open skylight, and failed roofing membrane.  In several areas, the level of corrosion reached the point of complete disintegration of structural steel members.  The structural instability that resulted created a life safety hazard and threatened the structural integrity of the building.

Extensive analysis of the load-carrying capacity of various structural elements led to a successful repair design.  The theater was restored to structurally-sound condition without compromising the building’s historical integrity.

The Whitney (Bethesda Theatre Site)

The Bethesda Theatre was an existing 1960s-era art deco-styled cinema with a prominent marquee.  A historic landmark, the cinema’s streetfront marquee and original ceiling were salvaged and incorporated into a renovated mixed-use project housing new theatres, an 11-story high-rise residential building with 204 units, and street-level retail space.

As part of the Bethesda Theatre mixed-use renovation project, SK&A provided structural engineering services for interior modifications and updates that included the extension of the stage, a new elevator and corresponding foundations and framing and supports for a raised seating platform in the main theatre house.