Bruce-Monroe Community Park

This project is an interim urban park development consisting of a tennis court, two basketball courts, a parking lot, playgrounds, stormwater management facilities and a community garden.  This interim park was constructed on the demolished former Bruce-Monroe school site.  The site design successfully incorporated the nature aspects into an urban environment by utilizing features like rain gardens and community garden.


DMY performed geotechnical investigations including soil test borings, in-situ soil infiltration testing and laboratory soil classifications per DDOE requirements, and provided geotechnical recommendations for the design and construction of the stormwater management facilities and other onsite structures. DMY also provided the construction materials testing and inspection services during the construction phase of the project. The total project construction cost was about $2,000,000.


Project Location  –  Washington, DC

Project Owner  –  DC Department of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)

Project Client  –  DC Department of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)

Project Completion  –  2010








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