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While most residents and observers have been eyeing DC Water's operations site at 1st and O Streets, SE and wondering when Forest City's movie theater/residential/retail project is going to get underway, details are now emerging on the other shiny new development in the works in that same general area: DC Water's plans to build a new headquarters building on top of the existing O Street Pumping Station just east of Nats Park.
(NO, NOT ON TOP OF THE HISTORIC MAIN PUMPING STATION.)
A PUD application has now been filed with the Zoning Commission for the project, to be design/built by Skanska with architect SmithGroupJJR as a "world-class headquarters that integrates efficient building systems with the [existing O Street Pumping Station] to create a dynamic workplace environment" that would be " a bold, innovative statement on the Anacostia River shoreline that reflects DC Water's mission to provide reliable and cost-effective water and wastewater services."
It would be designed as a LEED Platinum building, with stormwater retention, "heat recover and rejection systems" that will use the residual heat from the sewage that is pumped to Blue Plains, and low-impact development landscaping features by OvS "such as bio-swales, pervious pavements, and native vegetation."
The proposed DC Water HQ, as seen from the Anacostia (left), the west looking east (center), and from the Yards Park looking west (right). Renderings from zoning filings. Click to enlarge; and compare to the current view from the river.
The O Street station would keep right on pumping during and after construction, and the HQ design, which encapsulates the pumping station on the south and east and so removes it from view from the river, will include a four-story 190-foot-long east-west truss that will support the new HQ without bearing on the existing pumping station.
As for the PUD itself, it proposes to rezone the site from W-2 to CG/CR, and to only include 21 parking spaces instead of the mandated 69 (yay, nearby transit!).
It also requests flexibility from public space requirements because the building is "deemed essential to supporting the United States government," and so it must "therefore incorporate certain security measures and access restrictions, which impact operation and design of the new building and surrounding area." Here is DC Water's memo on this security topic.
This new headquarters will consolidate and relocate all of the agency's administrative personnel, and get non-essential types away from its currently overcapacity Blue Plains site.
The zoning filing says that this new building "will demonstrate that DC Water's mission is essential to every living organism," and will also "emphasize DC Water's historic role in serving the DC metropolitan area for over a century by providing scheduled educational programming inside the building."
Forest City's planned movie theater would be one block to the north of this site, with the two planned new residential buildings to its west, and a new "1 1/2 Street" would run just to its west (as seen in the left-most rendering of the group of three above).
This will come before ANC 6D for its support before getting to the Zoning Commission on some as-yet unannounced date in the future.
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Daedam says: (6/8/15 5:31 PM)
Wow, I think it's incredible! Bravo to DC Water for proposing a visually interesting, unique, LEED Platinum building that would enhance the riverfront and hide the O Street Pumping Station from view.


202_cyclist says: (6/8/15 6:31 PM)
The building looks great but how many employees does DC Water have? I didn't realize they have enough employees to require such a large building.

Also, I hope DC Water leads by example and minimizes the amount of impervious pavement on the site-- reducing runoff.


BillP says: (6/8/15 7:17 PM)
Tell them to get started immediately!

Adding a corporate HQ is great for the neighborhood. 1,100 total employees so probably at least 350-400 at the new building. Total revenues were $475 million in 2014, roughly the size of a Fortune 1000 company.

Great news, great design and great to have a new building in the pipeline that isn't an apartment building or mid priced hotel chain.


conngs0 says: (6/9/15 10:23 AM)
Totally agree. Huge upgrade over the current state of affairs on the site. Plus the added bonus of clearing the way for the movie theater. I also love the contrast of the modern-looking building next to the historic pumping station. It's probably not as exciting as apartments/condos/hotels (with ground floor retail), but I think the added diversity of projects is a good thing. Hopefully the zoning commission and ANC 6D folks are pleased with the plans and they can get moving on this project soon.


JD says: (6/9/15 11:45 AM)
Meanwhile, nearby, a construction cam for Dock 79:

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Just about to come out of the ground....


Jaybird says: (6/10/15 6:22 AM)
Looks great, a great synergy of old and new.

Trying to think of anywhere else in our area, where modern new was added on to historic old...



E. Masquinongy says: (6/10/15 3:29 PM)
Gotta say, the existing pumping station is aggressively plain. The new building will sure spice things up.


JHUGrad says: (6/24/15 2:55 PM)
Looks like Showplace Icon is coming to Tyson's Corner. DC needs to get on the ball and get the Showplace Icon project started here in the Capitol Riverfront.

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