Skanska to Build New DC Water HQ

The construction giant signed a $60 million contract with the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority for the LEED Platinum-proposed project.
DC Water's new headquarters, rendering

DC Water’s new headquarters, rendering

Washington—Construction powerhouse Skanska recently announced it has signed a $60 million contract with the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority for the organization’s new administrative base close to Forest City’s mammoth redevelopment project.

The new headquarters will be built over DC Water’s pumping station at 125 O St. SE, immediately east of Nationals Park and adjacent to the Anacostia River. The approximately 160,000-square-foot building, which was designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, will house roughly 350 employees. The project is planned to break ground later this year and is slated for completion by December 2017. Skanska will maintain the O Street pumping station and incorporate the existing structure within the redevelopment project.

Currently at 5000 Overlook Ave. in Blue Plains, DC Water’s headquarters has “reached its capacity,”, according to a zoning commission order filed in February 2016. In order to avoid overcrowding of the five-building Blue Plains campus, the authority needs to relocate its administrative base in order to “free-up land for the expansion and improvement of the plant’s processing operations … (and) consolidate and relocate all administration-related personnel into one centrally located facility.”

The proposal also mentions 70 off-street parking spaces, an entry drive, pedestrian circulation paths, rainwater collection, “long wood esplanade/boardwalk … along the building’s south façade” and a metal grating promenade that will act as an observation platform for the Anacostia River.

Rendering courtesy of Skanska