The project consists of demolishing the existing Justice Park and constructing a new five-level residential building with a partially below grade parking and a penthouse for mechanical equipment. The footprint of the proposed building is approximately 85 feet by 145 feet with a gross floor area of about 50,000 SF. DMY provided geotechnical engineering services including soil test drilling and sampling and provided geotechnical recommendations.
DMY worked closely with the environmental consultant to implement a combined field program consisting of geotechnical exploration and a Phase II ESA sampling and testing to reduce the overall design costs. Prior to contract award, DMY performed a comprehensive site reconnaissance and prepared numerous alternatives for site access and subsurface exploration. DMY also assisted the design team with local engineering requirements as well as concerns unique to the site, which the client was not aware of. This early and active involvement in the project beyond just the geotechnical engineering scope provided the client foresight to avoid potential pitfalls and ensured a smooth project design and development process. DMY also worked closely with the structural engineer and ultimately recommended supporting the proposed building on shallow foundations bearing on compacted aggregate piers to save time during construction, increase footing bearing capacity, and reduce potential long term risks to the proposed building and the adjacent structures.
Project Location – Washington, DC
Project Owner – District of Columbia Government
Project Client – Dantes Partners
Project Completion – 2013