Sunday, April 23 2017
The 48-acre redevelopment is transforming an underutilized portion of the historic Washington Navy Yard into a vibrant, distinct, and sustainable neighborhood along the Anacostia River.
The project kicked off in 2006, after Forest City was awarded this public private partnership by GSA in 2004. The phased project represents a unique collaboration among public and private entities, united in the vision to reconnect what was formerly a walled and gated military enclave to the surrounding city. Construction phasing focused on delivering public spaces and destination retail first to put the site on the mental map of DC residents. The Yards Park is a significant draw, a five-acre Waterfront green space that has become a cultural anchor while the new neighborhood emerges around it.
The aesthetic of the site’s new buildings responds to contemporary residential and commercial needs while reflecting the neighborhood’s industrial heritage. Six existing historic structures were renovated and adaptively reused, creating a defining architectural character for the new neighborhood.
The Yards project was one of the first in the country to receive a LEED Gold certification for Neighborhood Development. Some of the most innovative strategies to protect the sensitive riverine environment revolve around the minimization of stormwater run-off, including Low-Impact Development technologies, vegetated roofs, and bio-retention features.
Phase 1 of the master plan is complete and two subsequent phases are planned, with the last phase of construction scheduled to be complete in 2030. At full build out, The Yards will offer six million sf of total development, including 3,400 residential units, 1.8 million square feet of office, and 400,000 square feet of retail, creating a true live/work/shop community.
Presented by: Shalom Baranes Associates, Architects and Forest City Realty Trust