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Eisenhower Avenue Soundwall

Alexandria, VA

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

GeoStructures provided the design, fabrication, and installation of a soundwall at the perimeter of the 2900 Eisenhower Ave property, an upscale town home living complex in Alexandria.

CHALLENGES

The main challenges included:

  • Make the Soundwall look nice since behind it was a WMATA rail yard.
  • Get WMATA approval of the Soundwall construction which bordered the WMATA railyard and was within the influence of train tracks.

Wall design and approval were governed by the WMATA Adjacent Construction Project Manual.  GeoStructures worked closely with HITT Contracting to obtain the required permits.  This required submitting work plans and crane lift plans which were reviewed by WMATA. Before construction could proceed, there were two on-site meeting with WMATA to review construction methods and safety and during construction a WMATA representative was on site daily, to coordinate crane operations with passing rail traffic.

Wall Aesthetics were easier.  A Gladstone Ribbed form liner finish on the residential side and a Fuzzy Rake finish on the WMATA side was used.  The Adobe colored concrete mix was used and a light acid etching was applied to the residential side panels to create a rustic look.

SOLUTION

Through this design/build process, the owner was able to get a beautiful soundwall to screen the new upscale townhome development and a partner to help in expediting the WMATA Review process.

Owner

Rushmark Properties - Falls Church, VA

Construction Manager

HITT Contracting Inc - Falls Church, VA

Architect

Hord Coplan Macht, LLC - Baltimore, MD

Structural Engineer

Armour Unsderfer Engineering - Bellevue, WA

Geotechnical Engineer

ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC - Chantilly, VA

Product

Sound Walls

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