Wiles Mensch Corporation – DC (WM) provided survey, civil engineering, dry utility, and landscape architecture services in support of the new Ainger Place Apartments in Washington, DC. Development of the project site required replacement of a vacant lot and a partially-occupied building. The new three-story Ward 8 affordable housing community is comprised of 72 units. The 78,000 SF project features 34 one-, 30 two-, and eight three-bedroom apartments. The community will be 100 percent affordable for families with incomes up to 50 percent of the Area’s Median Income (AMI). In addition, eight of the one-bedroom units are reserved as permanent supportive housing (PSH) for women at risk of homelessness.
The WM team provided boundary, topographic, utility, and ALTA surveys as a basis for the design team. Full-service subdivision was also provided. WM’s scope of civil services included design, EIF coordination, stormwater management, sediment and erosion control, traffic control plans, streetlight plans, and dry utility design. The WM team provided dry utility design and coordination for PEPCO, involving working with utility purveyors to translate final load into size of facilities needed for service to the site, and providing final coordination with PEPCO to ensure there are no conflicts with other proposed project improvements.
Landscape services included design and construction documentation. A lightweight, low-maintenance green roof was designed as a cost-efficient and eco-sensitive alternative to conventional roofing. The roof design implemented stormwater management to reduce volume and speed of stormwater runoff. WM prepared the appropriate documentation and plans required to comply with the DC Office of Planning Green Area Ratio requirements.