Government - State/Local

Gum Spring Library

A four-story, mixed-use building with a two-level library occupying the first and second floors and two office floors above the library.  The library's first floor contains meeting rooms, circulation, a/v supplies and a children's area.

The second floor features a teen area, media and study areas, books and periodicals, quiet rooms and other seating areas.  Composite steel construction was used in conjunction with reinforced CMU stair towers to efficiently resist lateral loads.

Engine Co. 13 and Hyatt Place Hotel, 400 E Street, SW

A 12-story, contemporary, mixed-use building that incorporates a new fire station, a 214-key Hyatt Place hotel, as well as community and retail spaces.  The fire station (22,000 sf) occupies a partial mezzanine on the 2nd floor as well as the 3rd floor, with both floors connected via an internal stairwell.  The building also has three levels of underground parking under the fire station.  

Located in Washington, DC’s southwest quadrant, just north of the Southwest Freeway, the building features separate street addresses and entrances for the hotel and fire station.  The Hyatt Place’s lobby and parking entrances is located on the 400 block of E Street SW and the fire station’s entrance and apparatus bays is located on the 500 block of 4th Street SW.

The hotel features a state-of-the-art media center, fitness centers, a coffee and wine bar, and a rooftop pool with veranda and bar.  The apparatus bays of the station include radiant-heated floors. 

The project is slated for LEED-NC Silver certification featuring a green roof space on the third floor and rooftop level.

DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Tactical Village

The District of Columbia’s Department of Real Estate Services (now DC DGS) solicited the development of a tactical village to be used by the Metropolitan Police Department's academy for training purposes.

Located at 4465 Blue Plains Drive, SW, the tactical village is a pre-engineered, metal building. Housed within the facility are four one- and two-story masonry structures intended to replicate an urban neighborhood setting and streetscapes for use in police training. Structurally speaking, each replicate structure functions as a separate, stand-alone building.

One of the interior buildings is dedicated to additional support rooms and classrooms. A separate building on the site was designed for gas mask training.

Dunbar Senior High School

Replacing an outdated 1970’s facility, the new Dunbar High School is designed to provide a sense of clarity and purpose that honors the school’s original traditions.  The two-story open hall, known as the “Armory,” is located in the heart of the school, as originally built in 1917.

Accommodating 1,100 students, the new facility includes a four-story academic wing with flexible learning spaces for four different “academies,” a two-story library and administrative area, and a two-story athletic wing housing the gymnasium auditorium above the natatorium.  The LEED for Schools Platinum certified project includes over 300 geothermal wells, a 500,000 kW solar panel array, two 20,000 gallon cisterns for reusing rainwater, enhanced acoustics, and low VOC materials.  The project was developed under the DC Department of General Services’ (DC DGS) modified design-build program on a fast-track schedule.

Barry Farms Recreation Center

A new 46,000 sf single-level community recreation facility located in the Barry Farms neighborhood in Southeast Washington, DC.  The masonry building’s layout has three “pods,” the main pod (gym, entry and lobby), a central pod (community use rooms), and a third pod housing the pool house and mechanical rooms with a rooftop playground.  A courtyard provides additional external space, serving as an outdoor room.

The project features an 11,000 sf full court gymnasium, an enclosed natatorium with slides, multi-purpose rooms, teen and senior rooms, a computer lab, gamer area, locker room, kitchen, and a single-story attached parking garage with dual outdoor basketball courts above.  Additional roof space is utilized for a terrace/tot lot and green roofs.  

Ballou Senior High School

A new 310,000 sf replacement high school designed to provide a state-of-the-art learning facility with flexibility for the ever-changing demands of the education environment.  Located in Southeast DC, the project includes: gymnasiums and fitness center; a natatorium; a collegiate-level, theater-style auditorium; a light-filled library/multimedia center; and a three-story, off-hill classroom wing.

The components are tied together with a “Main Street” concept and wrap to form an interior courtyard.  The project was developed under the DC DGS modified design-build program on a fast-track schedule and is slated for LEED Gold Certification.

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