More Development to Navy Yard: DC Water Proposes New HQ

by Tianna Mañón

More Development to Navy Yard: DC Water Proposes New HQ: Figure 1

DC Water plans to build a new headquarters on an industrial site in Navy Yard, joining several other projects on the boards for the area.

The authority filed a planned-unit development with the Zoning Commission on Monday proposing the building they see as “a bold, innovative statement on the Anacostia River shoreline.” The project, just southwest of the site of the Main Sewerage Pumping Station at 125 O Street SE (map), would be built on top of a second, smaller, contemporary pumping station at O Street SE. The addition would rise to a maximum height of 100 feet.

SmithGroup JJR is the architect on the proposed project, which would be built to exceed LEED Platinum standards.

More Development to Navy Yard: DC Water Proposes New HQ: Figure 2
A map of the proposed development and surrounding projects.

The site was one of the last pieces of land not slated for redevelopment between the Navy Yard complex and Nationals Park. All told more than 1,000 units plus retail and commercial space are planned for the stretch of riverfront, with the Forest City development to the north, the Florida Rock development to the southwest and Grosvenor Americas’ F1rst project closest to Nationals Park.

Because of its proximity to Metro, DC Water proposes building the site with just 21 parking spaces, far fewer than the 69-75 zoning laws would require.

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  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 7:55 pm on Tuesday June 9, 2015:
    One of those renderings that make it impossible to discern what the building would actually look like -- purposely vague, reflecting the as-yet preliminary state of the design, or just maddeningly artsy? Regardless, it's not hard to see a basic and completely appropriate idea at work here -- water -- and a "watery" building (flowing, diaphanous, reflective, transparent) would be a fantastic addition to DC in general and this location in specific. I hope it goes forward, and I hope that SmithGroupJJR runs with the water concept -- maybe so much that the design loses the rendering's unmistakable shades of Northern European modernism (which is so in vogue at the moment) and truly becomes its own design concept.
  1. Brett said at 9:17 pm on Tuesday June 9, 2015:
    Architecturally appropriate for WASA, and thank God, not another drab box.

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