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Recreation Pier At The Wharf

The Wharf DC, Maine Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC, USA

Project Overview
Project Name: Recreation Pier At The Wharf
Date Completed: 2018
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Official Website: District Wharf

Project Tags: water DC Wharf

Project Team

Disciplines That Worked on Project

Civil Engineer: GeotechnicalCivil Engineer: Structural (Building structures)Civil Engineer: Structural (Forensic Engineering)

Project Details
About this project
The Recreation Pier is part of the new developed called The Wharf in Washington, DC. The pier extends more than 400 feet into the Potomac River's channel. The pier is 21,000 square feet and is built on 100 18-inch pipe piles and includes over 90 customized curved precast concrete slabs. The pier also includes a 2,500 square feet floating dock which can be used as a kayaks.

Geotechnical and structural engineers designed the pipe piles to maximize their capacity and minimize their length. The concrete slabs were prefabricated and painted in Massachusetts and then barged to Washington, DC. (source: https://www.enr.com/articles/45535-best-specialty-construction-recreation-pier-at-the-wharf)
Who benefits from this project, and how?
The pier allows guest to access the water and enjoy the area. Guest can also enjoy the 11 feet tall stainless steel sculptor with a natural gas-fueled flame. At night the pier is lit with a unique lighting system, so the pier can be enjoyed also at night.
Environmental considerations
Since the pier is over the Potomac River, the potential impacts of the river had to be considered.
What's unique about this project?
The pier is one-of-a-kind. It is curved and dips to the water at its midpoint. The pier is a centerpiece of The Wharf redevelopment.

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