Cleveland Dennard Plaza at UDC Van Ness

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Location: Washington, DC
Client: University of District of the Columbia (UDC)

The Cleveland Dennard Plaza is located on top of the parking garage serving the University District of Columbia (UDC) Van Ness Campus. Volkert was tasked to repair structural, waterproofing, and operational issues; as well as create a memorable open space at the plaza level.

Volkert initiated a planning process that included a series of charrattes resulting in a design that meets today’s mission, yet is flexible enough to expand throughout the campus and meet the needs of the future.

For the university, this effort was not only an infrastructure improvements project, but an endeavor to change the university’s image. The new design sets out to change the user’s mind-set and creates an inviting environment where a contemporary landscape blends with the surrounding architecture.

UDC is determined to introduce green solutions throughout the campus. Fundamental to the renovation of the plaza is the concept of sustainable stormwater management. The team set out to meet three “green” goals as part of the plaza design:

  • Reduce the impervious area by one-third.
  • Capture the 1” stormwater event.
  • Use harvested water.

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Article published in September 2012 issue of World Landscape Architecture magazine.


Scope of Work: Concept Planning, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Lighting Design, Stormwater Management, Utility Relocation, Landscape Architecture, Fountain Design, Permit Expediting, Construction Administration