Square 50 Redevelopment
Washington, DC
CLIENT
Eastbanc
STATUS
Complete June 2017
LEED
Pending LEED Silver
SERVICES
Architecture
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Program

96,810-sf mixed-use development. Includes a new 19,085-sf DC fire station, commercial space for a 21,658-sf squash club, a 55,226-sf residential tower with 61 affordable dwelling units, and one level of below-grade parking for 24 vehicles. The complex will pursue a LEED Gold certification.  

Description

Eastbanc was selected by the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to develop two parcels, Squares 37 and 50, owned by the City. WDG Architecture is the Executive Architect and Architect of Record for both parcels. Square 50 will be a mixed use building that includes a new West End fire station, a commercial space intended for competitive squash tournaments, and 52 affordable dwelling units.

The West End fire station is proudly pronounced as the base of the building on M Street with a perforated corrugated metal-clad red box of the Apparatus Bay. The use of materials of metal, glass and masonry convey the agility of the 21st century DCFEMS to be effective in its ultimate purpose; the "prompt response for the protection of life and property."

Above the Engine Company is a rectangular volume encompassing a two-story Squash Club that recedes on M street and cantilevers on 23rd street. By pulling back the mass of the squash club on M Street, a public terrace is created providing a framed view of M street and enlivening the existing street activity. The project incorporates multiple sustainable design features and will seek LEED-Gold certification.

The project received approval from the Commission of Fine Arts. WDG is executive architect in collaboration with design architect Ten Arquitectos.

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