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$2.2B DC Wharf Kicks Off Phase Two

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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Last Saturday (March 30), Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser held a community celebration to kick off Phase Two of The Wharf’s construction in Southwest D.C.

The $2.5 billion Wharf, once complete, will encompass a mile-long waterfront neighborhood.

Phase One and Lawsuit History

Opened in October 2017, the first phase of this 3.2-million-square-foot mixed-use development includes two office buildings, three hotels, three multi-family buildings, restaurants, retailers, music venues, various waterfront piers and public spaces.

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Last Saturday (March 30), Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser held a community celebration to kick off Phase Two of The Wharf’s construction in Southwest D.C.

The development has produced nearly 6,000 permanent jobs and has approximately $200 million in tax increment financing invested by the Bowser administration. Agreements made with The Wharf have also included hiring 51 percent of Washingtonians—20 percent to be residents from Ward 8 and 30 percent of apprenticeships for residents from Wards 7 and 8. D.C. residents will also have access to new workforce training opportunities, thanks to the $1 million invested by The Wharf.

In March of 2018, general contractor Clark Construction (Bethesda, Maryland), behind The Wharf, filed a $5 million lawsuit against the project’s master architect, Perkins Eastman (New York City), for alleged errors in the design documents.

According to the lawsuit, between approximately May 2014 and September 2015, Perkins provided design packages of various completion and detail levels to Clark Construction. These designs were amended and updated through construction and development, but as “construction proceeded, Clark Construction incurred significant damages as a result or errors and omissions of Perkins in the performance of its professional services in connection with the Design Agreements and the Project.”

The lawsuit includes more than 10 alleged errors and omissions, such as inoperable exterior retail doors, structural beams that required modification, terrace doors and stormwater cisterns, among others.

Phase Two

Joined by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner, and various representatives from Hoffman-Madison—the joint partnership that built and owns The Wharf—along with Bowser, kicked off the construction for the second phase of the development last weekend along the Potomac River.

“In 2019, Washington, D.C. is truly a waterfront city, and we look forward to building on our progress and success,” said Bowser.

“Together, we will continue ensuring that Washingtonians along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers—in all the surrounding wards—are able to enjoy and benefit from the many opportunities that our city and waterfronts have to offer.”

Phase Two of this project will consist of 1.25 million square feet of office, residential, marina, retail and park spaces. The project has been reported to have 11 architects in tow with Perkins Eastman leading as the master planner and horizonal architect for all Phase Two infrastructure and underground parking.

Architects to work on D.C.’s Southwest waterfront include:

  • SHoP Architects and WDG Architecture, who will design the two office buildings planned for Parcels 6 and 7;
  • ODA, who will design the new apartment building planned for Parcel 8;
  • Rafael Viñoly Architects, who will design the condominium planned for Parcel 9;
  • Morris Agjmi Architects, who will design the office building at Parcel 10; and
  • STUDIOS Architecture, Hollwich Kushner, S9 Architecture, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, and Wolf|Josey: Public Space Design, who will also be designing other aspects of the development.

Construction is expected to be complete by 2022.


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