Volkert lead a multi-disciplinary team in preparing plans for the demolition of the former DC Convention Center and the design of an open space that could accommodate an interim parking lot and programmed special events. The 10 acre site offers parking for 1,000 cars and 30 tour buses, as well as an “Arts” walkway connecting H Street NW and New York Avenue.
Stormwater management includes an 11,450-s.f. rain garden that functions as a bioretention system to naturally provide water quality treatment to storm water runoff. The underground detention system releases water into the sewer system at pre-development conditions and reduces the potential for overflow. The design used 50,000 cubic yards of recycled concrete from the demolished convention center for fill material and subbase for asphalt surfaces.
The lighting design includes parking lot lighting and aesthetic-lighting along the “artwalk”and at the pedestrian entrances. The design included a CCTV system which uses cameras mounted on the light poles to provide remote control monitoring from the attendant hut and internet monitoring capability. Several of the lighting poles were designed to provide external power circuits for use when special events are programmed. The effort included evaluating access issues and conducting an impact analysis of nine nearby signalized intersections. It also addressed traffic from adjacent developments and the proposed K Street transitway.
Scope of Work: Infrastructure Planning, Civil Engineering, Lighting Design, Stormwater Management, Utility Relocation, Landscape Architecture, Streetscape Design, Parking Lot Design, Roadway Design, Traffic Management, Intersection design