Simon Elementary School

This project used geotechnical engineering services to support the design of the Simon Elementary School Playground project in Washington DC.  The new features included two rain gardens, two bioswales, pavement areas, trails and an amphitheater. A total of seven infiltration tests were conducted for the rain gardens and bioswales. Infiltration test borings were drilled to about two feet below the anticipated facility bottom to perform the field infiltration tests. DMY also drilled four soil test borings varying from 5 to 10 feet in depths at the pavement and amphitheater locations.  Subsurface soil/rock and groundwater conditions were obtained at each of the boring locations. Standard Penetration Tests (SPT) were conducted in all the borings to check for soil strength.


DMY provided geotechnical engineering services on this DGS/DDOE/DCPS pilot program.  As part of initiatives to rehabilitate local rivers, Simon Elementary School Playground renovation project served as a pilot showcasing opportunities for marrying play and sustainability. The proposed construction reduces pavement and introduces rain gardens for cleansing and infiltration, and incorporates a variety of play features including a basketball court and hard surface play areas, play equipment, and climbing mounds.



Project Location – Washington, DC

Project Owner – DC Public Schools

Project Client – LandDesign, Inc.

Project Completion – 2013