December 4, 2003

Lincoln Memorial - Security Improvements
(File Number 6265)

The Commission approved the installation of traffic control signals and signs and the reconfiguration of traffic lanes to incorporate a left turn signal from the circle onto 23rd Street northbound. The Commission also approved the perimeter security retaining wall and the location of concession buildings, but requested that the National Park Service develop an alternative concession building design.

The Commission disapproved the proposed improvements to the east side of the Lincoln Memorial Circle and recommended that the National Park Service develop an alternative that minimizes the visibility and extent of the unbroken line of bollards and that shows a plaza that is similar to the plaza design approved for the base of the Washington Monument. In the submission of final plans, the National Park Service must include design details for the retractable bollards and retaining wall; drawings of the memorial lighting scheme; and all documents demonstrating the completion of Section 106 and the NEPA processes.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation

Pennsylvania Avenue in Front of the White House
(File Number 6132)

The Commission approved the final granite material that will help to create a beautiful civic space in front of the White House. Design plans for this famous stretch of avenue will replace temporary security measures with specially designed elements, landscaping, and site furniture. The Federal Highway Administration will use the Commission-approved granite along the Avenue’s eastern and western entry points and sidewalk. Sprinkled with tones of gray and pink, the new material will provide a sense of depth and impart elegance to this prominent space.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation

Comprehensive Escalator Canopy Program
(File Number 6200)

In an effort to protect Metrorail escalators from the elements and to comply with new codes, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority developed a Comprehensive Escalator Canopy Program. The Commission approved preliminary and final site and building plans for the installation of canopies over exposed escalators throughout the system. The program calls for a uniform canopy design that consists of an arching vault of steel and glass and is supported by steel trusses. The overall design is intended to be reminiscent of the ceiling vault within Metro’s underground stations. While this design will be widely used, eight stations will be fitted with custom-designed canopies (Archives-Navy Memorial; U Street-African American Memorial; Judiciary Square (north entrance); the Smithsonian Institution (north entrance); Arlington Cemetery; Dupont Circle (north entrance); Gallery Place (west entrance), and Cleveland Park).

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation

Federal Reserve System - Perimeter Security
(File Number 6401)

The Commission approved preliminary site development plans for perimeter security enhancements at the Eccles and Martin Buildings of the Federal Reserve System. The proposal consists of landscape features, including plinth walls and planters, bollards, a fence wall, and guard kiosks. Prior to submitting final plans, the Federal Reserve must receive written confirmation from the D.C. Department of Transportation, indicating that the removal of metered parking on 20th and 1st Streets, and on C Street will be allowed. The final submission should also reflect design modifications, as recommended by the Commission, and include plans for permanent vehicular controls at the parking garage entrances.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces - Perimeter Security
(File Number 6408)

The Commission approved the installation of security bollards in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, located at 450 E Street, NW. Due to the court’s urgent need for perimeter security, the Commission stated that unless, within 30 days, the D.C. Department of Transportation approves the temporary use of jersey barriers or planters within the curb lane, the bollards will be installed as a temporary solution.

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.