Wiles Mensch Corporation – DC (WM) provided surveying, civil engineering, and landscape architecture services for the development of an 11-story mixed-use development. The 104-unit community features 14 affordable housing units for residents in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood in Ward 6. The project includes ground floor retail and restaurant space, and is located along New Jersey Avenue, NW, with views towards the Capitol Building from the roof.
The WM scope of services included site development, streetscape upgrades, and green roof design. Using the Mount Vernon Triangle Design Guidelines as a reference, WM developed an overall public space design plan that merges an urban plaza with a public botanical garden. The urban plaza incorporates outdoor cafe seating, seat walls, pedestrian and vehicular access. Public art pieces, located at three nodes throughout the site, establish pedestrian gathering and transition points. The botanical garden uses existing mature trees as a high canopy and is planted with native urban species at the ground level. The botanical garden, paired with educational signage, is intended to be a strong public gathering point within the city.
The building’s design motif is inspired by the infamous Flatiron Building located in New York City.
Photos courtesy of: Grimm + Parker