June 02, 2010

Clark Completes Waterfront Station in Southwest D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Clark Construction Group, LLC, has reached substantial completion on the first phase of the Waterfront Station project in southwest Washington, D.C. The $140 million construction project, which includes twin eight-story office buildings, each with two levels of below-grade parking, and street-level retail, is the new home of several departments of the Washington, D.C. government, including the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.  

The exterior of the two buildings, 1100 and 1101 4th Street, SW, features multiple skin types that help break up the façade. Exposed concrete, stone, embedded light boxes, three types of metal panels, and more than a dozen colors of terracotta create a neighborhood feel on the street level. A glass curtain wall system with specialty glazing and sunscreens on both buildings' upper levels allows natural light to spread throughout interior areas. Each building's lobby features a floating white concrete staircase and terrazzo floors, benches, and security desks. 

In the first phase of the project, Clark demolished the existing Waterside Mall. Built during the 1960s, Waterside Mall was constructed over four city blocks and blocked 4th Street, SW, between M and I Streets, SW. During demolition, Clark maintained access to the nearby Waterfront-SEU Metro station. Once Waterside Mall was razed, construction of the two office buildings began and crews could re-connect 4th Street, SW. In conjunction with the new roadway, Clark rebuilt Waterfront Station's Metro plaza to include water features and colored concrete. 

The completed Waterfront Station brings a new vibrancy to its southwest Washington, D.C. neighborhood. Street level tenants including Safeway, CVS, several eateries, and other will provide amenities to tenants and the community. The project team also took great care to lessen Waterfront Station's environmental impact. Designed and built to earn LEED® Silver certification, the buildings feature multiple green roofs and building materials that are regional, recycled, and low-emitting. The site's irrigation system relies on collected condensation.

Clark reached substantial completion in late January and tenants have been moving in since then. Clark Interiors was responsible for the project's tenant fit-out work.