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Potomac Yard Park

Alexandria, VA

Description

Potomac Park is a 21 acre linear urban park located in the Brownfield development of Potomac Yard along Route 1. The park is a proffered private to public conveyance and designed to the City of Alexandria standards as well as full design integration of the parks and recreation department.  ‘The Yard’ as it is commonly referred to features a unique history as it was the rail hub for the Washington metro region and much of the east coast. Included in parks design are various interpretive elements including panels, markers, and monuments depicting the sites history.  The design program includes a multi-use trail/promenade linking a series of urban plazas, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, play areas, and interpretive landscape elements.

Challenge

A series of retaining walls were required to partially screen the tracks from the park and create a level area for the construction of tennis courts surrounding a pump station.  The design of the walls had to take into account the aesthetics for the park and permanence for support around the pump station and tennis facilities.

Solution

The 13,000 sf MSE wall system (VDOT approved) selected for the project ranged in height from 10 to 16 ft tall. Construction was constrained by the AMTRAK rail line and ROW in front of the wall and had to “wrap around” the pump station. Ultimately the walls supported both the pump station and tennis courts for the park. GeoStructures provided the wall on a design-build basis which helped expedite the design approvals and construction of the wall.

Owner

Potomac Yard Development LLC

Architect

Land Planning and Design

Civil Engineer

Gannett Fleming and Christopher Consultants

Geotechnical Engineer

ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC

Product

Retaining Walls

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