Date(s) - December 17, 2021
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Clyde’s of Gallery Place

December 17, 2021

Program Description:

The DC Water headquarters is a 150,000 gsf office building built above and encapsulating an operating sewage/storm pump station sited on the bank of the Anacostia River. Together, the building and site incorporate state-of-the-art sustainable and resilient design strategies that result in a dynamic workplace. The bold, innovative statement reflects the agency’s environmental stewardship. The building’s sinuous form and layered skin are carefully shaped by the opportunities and constraints of the site and also informed by computational analytics. The building’s north side features punched windows in green cladding recalling the historic use of copper in water transmission. The south façade glass curtainwall accommodates views and daylighting. Stepped-in areas create shading and a second layer of tinted glass in specific areas reduces heat loads and glare as determined by computational modeling. An innovative sewage heat recovery system heats and cools the building by utilizing waste pumped through the facility below, making it one of the most energy efficient office buildings in the region. The campus landscape and site design express the flow of water that is captured by a cistern to be used for toilet flushing and irrigation.

Speaker Bio:

Sven Shockey, Design Director at SmithGroup, leads the planning and design of a variety of projects including large-scale mixed-use development master plans, office buildings, educational and laboratory facilities, institutional projects, and numerous interior fit-outs across the United States.  Sven approaches each project with a sensitivity to the site, an unlocking of untapped site features paired with architectural interventions that revitalize and define a renewed sense of place. Working with a wide palette of tools including parametric analysis, sustainability strategy, and formal experimentation, Sven takes a fresh approach, yet one that is meaningfully connected and intertwined with each particular site and context. His design leadership has resulted in numerous awards in architecture, historic preservation, sustainability, and planning.