Construction at Potomac Yard is well underway! Potomac Yard Development has selected KT Enterprises of Chantilly as the General Contractor. KT is an experienced landscape development firm offering turnkey solutions to its clients. KT will be working with Land Planning and Design Associates (LPDA) and the City’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RP&CA) as well as other City agencies to bring this wonderful facility to fruition and keep the public informed.
Construction in the park and at Simpson continues. Currently crews are completing the wall components and other critical infrastructure, such as irrigation trunk lines and site electrical installations for the park lighting. Completion of both of these elements will be a catalyst for most of the parks walkways and landscape elements. Over the next 60 to 90 days crews will be finishing up walls, starting emergency access stairs and concrete flatwork and beginning to install landscaping. The Simpson building is also nearing completion. We urge you to ‘like’ us on Facebook for updates and facts about the construction by searching for Potomac Yard Park or following this link: Potomac Yard Park Facebook
As you have noticed Potomac Yard is a very active construction zone. Throughout the remainder of 2012 crews will be continuing the construction at Potomac Yard Park. Residents will be noticing construction crews in the Park site, around the Simpson Complex and working in and around the areas of Monroe Ave, South MainLine Boulevard, and Potomac Ave. As with any construction we expect temporary closures and disruptions to services. For your safety please use extra caution in moving around the site as it will be an active construction zone. Likewise, we urge you to ‘like’ us on Facebook for updates and facts about the construction by searching for Potomac Yard Park or following this link: Potomac Yard Park Facebook
For additional information or questions about the work, call Zachary Lette, with LPDA, Inc., Project Liaison at 703-437-7907.
Simpson Maintenance Building Notice - March 5th, 2012
Construction update: Please be advised that crews will be demolishing the Simpson Maintenance building in 2 weeks. The demolition of the building and subsequent closure of the dog park will take place on March 19th ,20th , and 21st. If weather impacts these dates we will let you know ASAP. Once the demolition is complete the dog park and other amenities at Simpson will re-open.
Potomac Yard Development has provided temporary restroom facilities until the new building reopens.
As with any construction process you can expect temporary closures and disruptions to service. Likewise we urge you to exercise caution when moving around the site.
Wall Construction Notice - March 2nd, 2012
Construction update: Please be advised that crews will start construction of the wall systems in the Park next week. This construction will include an excavation within the fenced site as well as a limited pile driving operation. If you have any concerns during construction please contact the General Contractor or Landscape Architect. This contact information is provided on signs at the corner of Potomac Ave and Main Line Boulevard and at the Simpson Dog Park.
Fall / Winter 2011
With the opening of Potomac Avenue approaching, the Fall construction season will present some new challenges for our team. Pedestrian and vehicular access will be open soon for Potomac Ave; thereby fencing off the park site to the public. KT will begin the demolition and reconstruction of the Simpson maintenance/restroom building. The new building will be the same footprint and location as the existing building. At completion, the new facility will provide the public with modern restroom facilities as well as additional functionality for City Maintenance Crews.
During construction Potomac Yard Development and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will provide temporary facilities for restrooms to the park users. There will be a construction staging area in the gravel lot immediately north of the existing building. During construction the dog park and the fields will remain open as scheduled and access will be maintained to the Simpson park facilities. As with any construction process there may be temporary interruptions to services and access; however we expect those to be minimal.
Another component of our construction efforts for this fall and winter will be the completion of the GeoWeb wall system along the railroad tracks. The GeoWeb system exists throughout the park. The system serves two functions: it provides slope stabilization were slopes exceed what is permissible by City and State codes and it provides a vegetated covering versus an exposed concrete or masonry wall. The goal of the system it for it to be indiscernible in the landscape as the plants on and around the wall matures.
Many of the areas of the GeoWeb wall are long, linear and short in height. There are three areas where the wall systems will be more prevalent, all of which are located at the belvederes. The belvederes are interpretive urban plazas at the intersections of the park’s promenade and streets in Potomac Yard. These streets carry across Route 1 from Del Ray and are E.Glebe Avenue, Swann Avenue, and Custis Avenue, in order from north to south. Associated with the belvedere wall systems will be large steel piles. These piles will support the trellises that will adorn the plazas at completion. Due to the nature of the system those piles will be driven into the ground using large pneumatic hammers.
Our team expects that the operation will take place in early March and last approximately 30-60 days. Please note that the pile driving operation is a limited function of this wall construction, approximately 1 to 2 weeks. We will be providing more specific timeframes as this effort moves forward.
Shortly following the construction of these systems KT will begin the construction of several large concrete retaining walls. By late winter, early spring of 2012 we expect to be immersed in the layout of the park. Concrete form work and furnishings will start to take shape as well as a spring planting of trees!
Please stay tuned to this website for updates.
Please see the images below for the Haul Routes and Potomac Ave Trail that will remain open during construction.
Throughout the Summer of 2011 KT worked on mobilization of equipment, materials and personnel to the site. Much of the infrastructure for Potomac Yard Park is tied to the overall Potomac Yard improvements, specifically Potomac Avenue. During the summer KT worked to bring the site to an interim grading status for earthwork. Currently KT is working on the park’s storm sewer and sanitary sewer ties in. Also, we are working on improving the functionality and aesthetics of the pond under the Route 1 Bridge.