City Market at O
A one million square-foot, mixed-use development, CityMarket at O is one of 14 infrastructure projects around the country selected by the Obama administration to be expedited through the permitting and environmental review process.
The first phase of CityMarket at O includes building two nine-story apartment towers, a 72,000 square-foot Giant supermarket (the largest in the city), a two-story, below-grade parking garage, 300 indoor bicycle parking spaces, a 270-linear-foot rooftop dog park, and market retail space.
One of the District's original brick marketplaces, the O Street Market served the Shaw community for more than a century before falling into disrepair in the 1990s. As part of the City Market at O project, this historic landmark was completely restored and resurrected to again serve the Shaw community, this time as a modern, spacious Giant supermarket. Here's a look at the market's careful restoration.
Clark's scope of work included:
- Bracing two of the market's façades to support a two-story below-grade excavation
- The market's bricks were cleaned and repointed
- Original columns were restored; one cast-iron replacement was installed
- New structural steel trusses designed to match the original roof support system were installed
- The slate shingle roof was refurbished and a new zinc roof was added
- Hidden details - like this 1920s era sign lost under decades of paint - were uncovered and preserved
City Market at O is considered a landmark project for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is the only mixed-use project among those fast-tracked by the White House.
City Market at O added nearly 500 residences to Shaw. Four-hundred rental apartments are divided between two buildings that are connected by a private below-grade passageway. Designed to complement, but not mirror, each other the two buildings feature seven window types, five types of brick, six metal panel systems, and three fiber-cement rainscreens. The residential buildings' intimate common areas do not lack for luxury: high-end millwork, intricate poured terrazzo, and a custom-fabricated Italian light fixture welcome visitors. Community residents also share access to multiple outdoor living areas, complete with fire pits, couches, an infinity pool, outdoor kitchens with Viking grills and custom cabinets, and a rooftop dog park. Additional communal amenities include a den, pet grooming area, bicycle storage, a fitness center, and yoga studio.
In addition to the apartments, City Market at O includes The Hodge on 7th, a 90-unit affordable housing residence for seniors and a 187-room Cambria Suites hotel, the brand's first in the District.
Part of Clark's scope of work included reconnecting 8th Street, NW between P and O Streets. Once a parking lot, the new one-block stretch of 8th Street cuts through the heart of City Market at O, creating an urban paseo lined by retail and landscaping.
Clark Foundations' scope of work included three major items: first, installing façade support for the existing brick façade; second, designing and installing the support of excavation system for the entire site; and third, installing raker beams and brackets to support the foundation wall along 7th Street, NW.
The existing façade of the Historic Market at O Street required delicate craftsmanship. Clark Foundations installed the steel façade support for the existing brick façade to ensure that the historic structure would be preserved throughout construction. The façade support system also included bracing the interior corner of the market steeple to allow the original column to be removed, restored, and re-installed. Clark Foundations worked with skill and precision to prevent damaging the historic structure and prepare it for the extensive restoration.