Base Building
Client: DC Water & Sewer AuthorityArchitect: Samaha

Washington, DC | 30,000 sf

rand* recently completed the base building Visitor Security Building and Warehouse for DC Water and Sewer Authority at the Blue Plains Wastewater Plant in Washington, DC. The building is a 30,000 sf environmentally friendly building that greets over 1,000 visitors that tour the plant annually. It houses an educational classroom, Security, the Office of External Affairs’ Community Outreach team and a new warehouse. The modern design incorporates recycled materials, plant life (green roof), and a large wall display that explains water and wastewater collection and treatment processes. Though the building was built to LEED Silver certification standards, the Client decided not to certify the project officially.


The building was constructed on a foundation consisting of  542 piles, grade beams, and a 10” structural slab.  The warehouse features 3 loading docks and a 5,000 sf steel mezzanine.  The Visitor and Security Building is a two story structure that is comprised of office space and a fitness center complete with locker room facilities.  The building façade includes brick, glass and metal panels, and is topped with a green roof.  Other environmental features include: re-surfaced pervious parking lot with landscaping islands; skylights and high efficiency LED lighting fixtures; solar roof panels; and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

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