February 01, 2008
Press Releases & News

Clark Completes Restoration & Conversion of Yale Steam Laundry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Clark Multi-Family Builders - Mid-Atlantic, LLC has completed construction at the former Yale Steam Laundry facility in Northwest Washington, D.C. The original three-story Yale Steam Laundry structure was transformed into 16 loft-style condominiums while 133 condominium units were built in a new, industrial-style, 12-story tower adjacent to the historic building featuring a brick exterior with precast accents. The completed project was finished ahead of schedule.

Built in 1902 at a cost of $40,000, the Yale Steam Laundry plant was the primary laundry facility that washed most of the linens from D.C. hotels and government buildings for decades, including those of the White House and Congress. The plant was operational until 1976; it was added to the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites in 1998.

The design of the converted Yale Steam Laundry incorporates open floor plans, floor-to-ceiling windows, and blends a historic ambiance with modern amenities. The building’s original 120-foot-tall brick smokestack was refurbished and preserved on-site and a new, stainless-steel roof-top pool was built into the new structure. The masonry installed on Yale Steam Laundry’s new tower was carefully selected to reflect the building’s history. The efforts of Genco Masonry of Bethesda, Md. were recognized with a 2007 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award.

Project team members include BBG-BBGM of Washington, D.C., architect; Holbert Apple Associates, Inc. of Olney, Md., structural engineer; Bowman Consulting of Alexandria, Va., civil engineer; Mactec Engineering of Ashburn, Va., MEP engineer; and ParkerRodriguez of Alexandria, Va., landscape architect. GIBG YL Partners, LLC is the owner and IBG Partners, LLC of Washington, D.C. is serving as the development manager for the project.