May 6, 2004

Old D.C. Courthouse
(File Number 6453)

The Commission approved preliminary site and building plans for the rehabilitation of the Old D.C. Courthouse. Improvements include the installation of an entrance pavilion on the north façade, a site plan that provides a permanent setting adjacent to the new entrance, and an interim plan for the plaza while the National Law Enforcement Museum is being planned and constructed. The Commission determined that the dimensions and composition of the pavilion, as revised, would be compatible with the entrance and the open space character of Judiciary Square. The plaza design includes landscaped courtyards and pools that flank the entrance pavilions.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation

American Pharmacists Association
(File Number 6361)

The Commission approved preliminary site and building plans for an addition to the historic American Pharmacists Association building, located on Constitution Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets, NW. The new structure will replace an old addition with a six-story building that is physically connected to the original building, which was designed by John Russell Pope and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In its approval, the Commission rejected the proposed location for the 22nd Street garage entrance and directed the association to move the garage farther north on 22nd Street to minimize the visual impact on the Pope building.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation

Department of Agriculture Headquarter Complex
(File Number 6458)

The Commission approved the concept site development plans for perimeter security at its headquarters complex, located at 1400 Independence Avenue, SW. The design concepts, which are tailored to each of the four buildings that comprise the complex, include hardened tree wells, bollards within hedges, and retractable bollards. As the Department of Agriculture prepares preliminary and final site development plans, the Commission recommended increasing the spacing between bollards; increasing the pedestrian circulation and queuing space at street corners with bollards; providing additional street trees and hardened benches; minimizing the use of wedge-type vehicle barriers; coordinating with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority regarding the placement of other bollards and security elements around the Metro station entrance on 12th Street and Independence Avenue; and relocating bollards along 12th Street to the building yard.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation

Unified Communications Center
(File Number 6269)

The Commission approved preliminary and final site and building plans for the Unified Communications Center, located on the east campus of St. Elizabeths Hospital. The 144,000-square-foot facility will provide a consolidated communication system for various city agencies. While recognizing that the facility will operate 24 hours a day, the  Commission requested that the applicant reevaluate its parking proposal, attempt to adhere to the standard of one parking space for every three employees, and implement alternative transportation services for UCC employees. The Commission asked that plans for placing antennas consider D.C. regulations for antennas, the safety of workers, and the scenic views of the nation’s capital. Finally, the Commission requested that the D.C. Office of Planning complete a St. Elizabeths East Campus framework plan.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation

East Side Pumping Station Rehabilitation – Anacostia Park
(File Number 6442)

The Commission approved preliminary and final site and building plans to make improvements to the East Side Pumping Station that will reduce sewage overflow into the Potomac River. The project includes demolishing an existing underground pumping station and constructing a new above-ground pumping station with new landscaping and parking. In its approval, the Commission reminded the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority to submit plans for modifications to the main sewage pumping station in the Southeast Federal Center.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation

Consent Calendar: The Commission voted on Consent Calendar items without staff presentations or public testimony.

Delegated Decisions: Projects for which the Commission delegated decision-making authority to the Chairman, Executive Committee, or Executive Director.