Gallaudet University 6th Street Revitalization


Washington, D.C.


Civil Engineering

Project Size

1.5 Million SF

Completion Date


Total Cost

$450 Million


Monarc Construction

Wiles Mensch Corporation – DC (WM) provided surveying and civil engineering services in conjunction with the removal of existing gates, sidewalk and paved entrance, for the revitalization of the Sixth Street Corridor in northeast DC. The completed four parcel development includes 1,769 residential units, 135,000 SF of retail space, and 63,000 SF of office space, constructed over four phases. Work performed by WM falls within Parcel 1, also known as the Appleby Parcel.

The WM team first conducted a boundary, topographic, and utility survey to analyze the site. The next step of the process involved guiding principles, ground plane and street concepts, development envelopes, and coordinating the BCIV process.

The new gateway on the corner of Sixth Street and Florida Avenue seeks to transform the corridor into a town-gown neighborhood that promotes positive campus synergy. With the addition of the Innovation Lab, the infusion of the Gallaudet community, and Deaf Space design concepts, the Sixth Street Corridor is planned to become a vibrant creative and cultural district.

The ambitious project is dubbed a “mixed-use development with an urban feel,” drawing its inspiration from three sources including, the DC Office of Planning’s Florida Avenue Market Small Area Plan, an Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Panel, and the 2022 Campus Master Plan. The scope of services also involved participating in a workshop with local stakeholders/property owners.

Photos courtesy of: Gallaudet University

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