Southeast Federal Center - The Yards
The 42-acre Southeast Federal Center (SEFC) is a decommissioned portion of the Washington Naval Yards, and part of a larger effort to transform blighted areas along the Anacostia River waterfront of Southeast Washington, D.C. into vibrant neighborhoods and public parks. The U.S. General Services Administration selected our team, including a developer/designer team with Forest City Washington, to develop the SEFC based on the strength of our vision for revitalizing and adaptively re-using the historic site as a new waterfront neighborhood and destination.
The SEFC is already served by Washington's Metro system and plans call for a new waterfront light-rail line and a 20-mile riverfront recreational trail. Our design envisions the restoration and conversion of historic buildings into housing; the creation of arts and community facilities; the development of up to eight new commercial buildings housing offices, retail and entertainment complexes; and construction of a new 5.5-acre waterfront park. The project is notable as a public-private partnership, where investment, legislative power and an increasing population have made it possible for development to take root in a once barren and industrial area.
Since completing the master plan we have returned to the site to design a two-tower, 360-unit gateway residential building. The new waterfront park, which opened in the summer of 2010, has, for the first time, created a public connection between the surrounding communities and the riverfront.