Barry Farm Recreation Center


Washington, D.C.


Civil Engineering
Landscape Architecture

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Completion Date


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$23 Million


Torti Gallas

In result of a citywide initiative to renovate and construct recreation centers and public parks, District of Columbia’s Department of Parks and Recreation is adapting the former Birney Elementary School to house the improved Barry Farm Recreation Center.

Wiles Mensch Corporation – DC (WM) assisted the design team with surveying, civil engineering, landscape architecture, and exterior lighting services. Specific tasks included boundary, topographic, and utility surveys; civil engineering services from schematic design to permit drawings; playground design, and EISF coordination.

Landscape architecture services included the design of synthetic turf fields, bio-retentions, and two rooftop elements for the new recreation center – a green roof and rooftop playground. WM enhanced the courtyard plaza’s design with decorative and educational drainage channels, which carry water to the center of the plaza, to be directed to the bioretention area. Certified LEED Platinum.

Photos courtesy of: Torti Gallas

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