Beckert's Park | Safeway

Washington, DC
Official construction updates on the Beckert's Park mixed-use development and Safeway grocery store in Capitol Hill.
Developer
Phase
Construction
residential
325 UNITS
retail
8,000 SF

UPDATE: Pepco Outage 10/2 - 10/3 Will NOT Affect Neighbors

We received confirmation from Pepco that the overnight outage related to connection of permanent power to Beckert's Park this Wednesday and Thursday is NOT expected to affect ANY neighbors of the site. Outages will be specific to the Beckert's site ONLY. Apologies for the unnecessary cause for concern.

Pepco Outages Expected Overnight 10/2 - 10/3; Cont. of Wood Framing Phase

Please be advised that Pepco is expecting power outages overnight on Wednesday (10/2) and Thursday (10/3) this week as they connect power service to Beckert's Park. They expect power to be restored by morning on each day. We appreciate your understanding.

The ongoing sewer tie-in along 14th Street is expected to be complete by the week of 10/7.

Beckert's Park is continuing with the structural wood framing that started in July associated with residential floors above the concrete podium. Framing is approximately 50 percent complete. Masonry shafts for elevators and stair towers have been substantially completed. The existing approved Traffic Control Plan (TCP) will continue for the overhead work through the fall of 2019; we expect to 'top out' the structure in October.

Beckert’s Park has completed more than half of its construction schedule; we anticipate delivery of first units in summer of 2020.


Pepco Transformers Install 9/5/19, Continuation of Wood Framing Phase

Please be advised that Pepco is scheduled to install transformers along the south end of the alley between Beckert's Park and Buchanan Park Thursday (9/5/19) evening/night. Transformers will be installed via a crane; while significant noise should not be an issue, Pepco will likely have site lighting for the work being conducted. The transformers should all be set at one time.

Beckert's Park is continuing with the structural wood framing that started in July associated with residential floors above the concrete podium. Framing is approximately 40 percent complete. Masonry shafts for elevators and stair towers have been substantially completed. The existing approved Traffic Control Plan (TCP) will continue for the overhead work through the fall of 2019; we expect to 'top out' the structure in October. Traffic pattern on E Street SE should be easing somewhat with the completion of the Lockwood Apartments across the street from Beckert's Park.

Beckert’s Park has completed approximately half of its construction schedule; we anticipate delivery of first units in summer of 2020.


Continuation of Wood Framing Phase

Beckert's Park is continuing with the structural wood framing that started in July associated with residential floors above the concrete podium. Masonry shafts for elevators and stair towers have been substantially completed. The existing approved Traffic Control Plan (TCP) will continue for the overhead work through the fall of 2019; we expect to 'top out' the structure in October. Traffic pattern on E Street SE should be easing somewhat with the completion of the Lockwood Apartments across the street from Beckert's Park.

Beckert’s Park has completed approximately half of its construction schedule; we anticipate delivery of first units in summer of 2020.


Concrete Work Complete, Wood Framing Commencing

As of June 2019, Beckert’s Park has completed approximately half of its construction schedule; the portion of the work associated with the construction of the concrete podium is complete, including the first-floor slab (at grade), columns and second-floor transfer slab is complete. The next large phase for the project is the structural wood framing associated with residential floors above the podium. Site work completed included wet utility tie-in as well as other infrastructure, such as vaults and conduit, needed for power to be brought to the building. CMU shafts for elevators and stair towers have been substantially completed in preparation for structural wood framing to commence in July. The existing approved Traffic Control Plan (TCP) will continue for the overhead work through the fall of 2019; we expect to 'top out' the structure in October. Traffic pattern on E Street SE should be easing somewhat with the completion of the Lockwood Apartments across the street from Beckert's Park.



Site Work Along 14th Street - Temporary Interruption of Bike Lane

Our wet utilities subcontractor is starting connections to sanitary/sewer line in 14th Street this week, which will require closing the a section of the bike lane. This has been approved as part of their Traffic Control Plan and occupancy permit with DDOT. Sidewalk and rest of street will remain open. This will be in effect for most of the month of June.

Also, please note that the overhead protection along E Street (as shown in second image below) will start going up on Monday 6/3; install will last for approximately two days. The overhead protection will be in place for most of the remainder of the project as construction continues to go vertical.

Concrete Work Concluding - Overhead Protection Installed D, E Street

The Beckert's Park project will continue concrete work through late June when the level 2 slab (podium) is complete, and wood framing phase commences. Lowest level P2 and P1 slab are now complete, 1st floor pour is nearly complete and the 2nd floor transfer slab is progressing well. Until that time, the site will continue to have concrete trucks pulling up along D Street and E Street during work hours to allow the two site cranes to assist with hoisting and pouring concrete. Overhead protection will soon be installed along the D and E Street sidewalks for the vertical phase of the project. Please refer to DDOT-approved traffic control plan (TCP) below.

Site utility infrastructure work including Pepco, Washington Gas, DC Water and low voltage work will continue through the next two (2) months. During this time, some areas of sidewalk and street may be temporarily impacted, but sidewalks will remain open during work. Pepco conduit within E street will be installed in June.

Concrete & Site Work Continues - Temp., Partial Sidewalk, E Street Impacts

The Beckert's Park project will continue concrete work through early July when the level 2 slab (podium) is complete, and wood framing phase commences. Lowest level P2 slab is now complete, and P1 and 1st floor pours are progressing well. Until that time, the site will continue to have concrete trucks pulling up along D Street and E Street during work hours to allow the two site cranes to assist with hoisting and pouring concrete. Starting in late May, overhead protection will be installed along the E Street sidewalk.

Site utility infrastructure work including Pepco, Washington Gas, DC Water and low voltage work will continue for the next two (2) months roughly. During this time, some areas of sidewalk and street may be temporarily impacted, but sidewalks will remain open during work. Pepco utility structure install along E street will be starting this week. We will be installing this work for approximately the next three weeks. We will be impacting both the sidewalk and E street during this work. Please refer to DDOT-approved traffic control plan (TCP) below.

Concrete Work Continues - Temporary, partial alley closures

The Beckert's Park project continues to make progress with parking level concrete pours. Lowest level P2 slab is nearly complete, and P1 pours are progressing well. Foundation-to-grade concrete work is anticipated to be complete in July, and at that point wood framing will commence. Until that time, the site will continue to have concrete trucks pulling up along D Street and E Street during work hours to allow the two site cranes to assist with hoisting and pouring concrete. There is no change to the traffic control plan for this month.

Foulger-Pratt Contracting will continue to install the ductbank from the Verizon manhole in the alley to the building this week (through 3/8) and possibly into the week of 3/11. The north end of the alley from D Street to the entrance of Buchanan Park will be closed during the day but will be opened up after the days work. Access to Buchanan Park and the south end of the alley off of E Street will remain open and accessible. 

Temporary, partial alley closure this week 2/25 - 3/1 (7am - 5pm)

Foulger-Pratt Contracting will be installing the ductbank from the Verizon manhole in the alley to the building this week. The north end of the alley from D Street to the entrance of Buchanan Park will be closed during the day but will be opened up after the days work. Access to Buchanan Park and the south end of the alley off of E Street will remain open and accessible. This work should be completed by Friday 3/1. 

Concrete Work Continues - Temporary, partial alley closures (incl. 2/8/19)

The Beckert's Park project continues to make progress with footings/foundations and now parking level concrete pours. Foundation-to-grade concrete work is anticipated to be complete in July, and at that point wood framing will commence. Until that time, the site will continue to have concrete trucks pulling up along D Street and E Street during work hours to allow the two site cranes to assist with hoisting and pouring concrete. While we don't anticipate any long-term closure of the alley between D and E streets, there may be times where it is necessary to temporarily close either the north or south section of the alley for half a day or so.

The first of such short-term closures is scheduled to be tomorrow, 2/8/19, from approximately 7am to 2pm; only the north side of the alley off of D Street will be closed. Access to Buchanan Park and the south end of the alley off of E Street will remain open and accessible. A pump truck will be employed at the north end of the alley to reach the P1 deck, which will help accelerate the work.




New Construction Phase & Traffic Control Plan: Foundations - Podium Deck

The Beckert's Park project is wrapping up the excavation and sheeting and shoring phase of construction, and is starting the next phase: footings/foundations and the concrete podium deck. Starting Monday, January 7th, 2019, a new DDOT-approved traffic control plan will go into effect (see below). The plan will remain largely unchanged from what is currently in place, but will include overhead protection in the curb lane on D Street. The locations of the stabilized construction entrances on D Street and off of the south entrance of the alley will remain as is. The existing no-parking areas will be unchanged as well. A copy of this traffic control plan will also be posted on the project's site construction bulletin board. We appreciate everyone's continued cooperation and communication!




Alley South Entrance Closed Saturday 12/8/18 7am-3pm

We will be setting the Pepco transformer vaults along the alley south entrance at E Street SE this Saturday 12/8/18; As such, the alley south entrance will be closed that day to traffic from 7am to approximately 3pm. The north half of the alley will remain open to traffic, allowing uninterrupted access to Buchanan Park and neighboring residences.

Excavation Continues

Excavation work on the site has continued to progress on schedule, trucks are still encouraged to adhere to District and neighborhood guidelines for operation and transportation. Thank you to our neighbors who have worked with our on site staff to alert us of any concerns in a timely manner. As a reminder, the field office and staff can be found at 1337 E Street SE. Over the next two to four weeks, our construction team will be completing the support of excavation work on site. In November foundation work will begin and preparations will be made for the installation of the tower crane that will serve the site.

Excavation & Site Logistics

Our excavation work has been progressing at a good pace and has kept us on schedule with the start of our support of excavation work. Foulger-Pratt has opted to drill holes for our piles instead of hammering them in to place. Our intent is to reduce some of the additional construction noise that could be generated by implementing this method. Our support of excavation work is expected to continue in to December of 2018.

Some people have noticed the presence of more trucks on and around our site, due to the ongoing excavation work. All trucks should not only follow the District of Columbia Truck Idling Regulations (https://doee.dc.gov/service/engine-anti-idling-law), but our site specific Traffic Control Plan that was approved by the DC Department of Transportation as well (posted on our permit board along E Street). Our on-site construction team has addressed the importance of these regulations with our truck sub-contractor. If any infractions are observed, the best course of action is to report it to the on-site staff located in our field office at 1337 E Street SW. Our approved Traffic Control Plan (TCP) allows us to stage up to eight (8) dump trucks on D street and four (4) on E Street. We are not allowed to stage any trucks on the road prior to 7am.

We have also received a number of messages with concerns regarding the removal of trees around the site. We would like our neighbors to know that the decision to remove the trees was not made lightly, or in a vacuum. Our policy and the District's policy is to maintain healthy trees where possible. The tree removal plan was part of the project's Large Tract Review process, which the ANC participated in and for which Foulger-Pratt held a series of community meetings. The assessment from both the Ward 6 Urban Forestry Administration arborist and the project's arborist was that many trees were not in healthy condition and those that were in better condition were likely to be adversely impacted by construction. Due to this decision, we plan to rebuild the tree boxes, and replant the trees in kind as part of our streetscape and site beautification work towards the end of the construction activities. We understand that this decision was difficult for many, however we want to thank all of our neighbors and stakeholders who have shared their thoughts and opinions on our page to date, your input and engagement is valued. We welcome the communication as the project progresses.



Demolition Progress

We have made great progress with our demolition activities on site over the past 2 weeks. Thank you to our neighbors for being patient with us during this phase. Our demolition activities will continue in to August per our 'Timeline' as we work to clear debris and prepare the site for excavation. Additionally, we will also be performing utility survey work around the perimeter of our site from 7/26/2018 to 8/1/2018. Parts of D Street and the Kentucky Avenue intersection, portions of the 14th street sidewalk, as well as the alley between D Street and E Street will all be impacted by temporary closures due to this work. DDOT standards, including alternative traffic paths where required, will be employed at all times to maintain safety as well as pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow during this phase of work.






Demolition to Begin Tomorrow

Since the groundbreaking, our team has been working diligently to prepare the site for the commencement of our construction activities. Demolition is expected to begin tomorrow July 12, 2018 and last for 6 weeks. As part of these activities the pedestrian walkway on D Street will be closed and a temporary accessible path will be provided for pedestrians. Additionally, portions of the alley behind our site will be closed off during this time frame. At no point will the entire alley be closed off restricting all vehicular access through the alley. We will be taking necessary precautions to mitigate any inconveniences to neighbors as much as possible, however please do not hesitate to contact us through this channel with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Beckert's Park Groundbreaking

Thank you to everyone that attended the Beckert's Park groundbreaking! We had an incredible turn out from Safeway, Council member Charles Allen, DC Department of Housing and Community Development Polly Donaldson, EB5 Capital and members of the community. We will continue to provide updates on major milestones as the project progresses.

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