Waterview is a hallmark, 1.3-million-square-foot mixed-use project on the banks of the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia. The property consists of two towers, each rising more than 300 feet, connected by a fourth-floor terrace with built-in restaurant space.
Located at the base of the Key Bridge in the Rosslyn neighborhood, Waterview is notable for its location and luxury. It includes a 24-story office tower and a 30-story residential tower with 136 condominium residences and 155 hotel rooms. The two towers are among Rosslyn’s highest and have been finished with high-end ammenities. The glazed, three-tiered office tower provides tenants with large interior spaces. The building's north side features a curving curtain wall and showcases impressive views of Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood. The opposite side, by contrast, is defined by precast and punch windows. The residential tower complements the office building.
With an unprecedented number of options and customized finishes, the Waterview condominiums are considered some of the most luxurious in the Nation. The units offer three types of wood cabinets in 10 colors and two styles; 16 types of granite; 20 types of backsplashes, including fullheight granite and ceramic tile; five different colors and styles of hardwood floors; and 22 different styles of carpeting. Other luxury amenities available include towel warmers, wine coolers, ceiling fans, finish millwork entry doors, high-end plumbing fixtures, and upgraded bathtubs and bathrooms.
Built into floors five through 12 of Waterview’s residential tower is the Hotel Palomar. Hotel Palomar Arlington is the first “ground up” construction facility for the chain. It includes high-end room accommodations, corporate conference rooms, and meeting rooms. The hotel also has a 330,000 square-foot, full-service restaurant and bar featuring an array of millwork, tile, and plaster finishes and an exterior of precast concrete, punch windows.
The Clark project team sought to raise the industry standard for detail and quality of finishes; many of the craftsmen on the job were master carpenters with more than 30 years of experience. Many members of the experienced project team consider the Waterview condominiums among the most complex and difficult finish jobs undertaken because of the vast array of options, layouts, and finish levels available.
Overseeing the simultaneous construction of two 300-foot towers and coordinating their multiple uses—residential, commercial, and hospitality—required superior preplanning, project management, communication, and collaboration. The project team never lost site of this during the construction process, and the office tower’s prime tenant, Corporate Executive Board, moved into their space ahead of schedule. The Hotel Palomar Arlington was complete in time for its anticipated opening.
Waterview’s location next to the Potomac River created a unique challenge for Clark Foundations. The excavation required digging 35 feet deep into dense rock to clear space for a two-level, below-grade parking structure. Despite obstacles including a water main break, contaminated soil, and slow moving rock work, the team completed the excavation on schedule.