The District’s Department of General Services (DGS) conducted a months-long search to identify suitable sites for the new short-term family housing that would accommodate up to 50 families. DGS looked for spaces that could collectively serve the same number of residents at DC General, with access to services and public transportation. The selected site for one of the new shelters is in Ward 3 at 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW.
The proposed shelter shares a site with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District station. Designed by Ayers Saint Gross, the six-story building will be sectioned off from the police station and houses to the south with fencing. A new multilevel parking structure will be built along the rear of the police department so officers can continue to park their vehicles on site. A playground will be located between the new shelter and neighborhood homes.
As the geotechnical engineer, we performed a subsurface investigation requiring soil borings and test pits in order to determine the most appropriate foundation for the shelter and parking structure. After analyzing the data, we recommended a spread footing foundation on compacted aggregate piers or auger cast piles. Our report also addressed floor slabs, earthwork, below-grade walls and retaining walls, sub-drainage, and temporary sheeting and shoring. SEDC is also providing limited services during the construction documents and construction administration phases of the project.
Rendering courtesy of Ayers Saint Gross