1331 Maryland Avenue Apartments
|Client:||Balfour Beatty Construction|
|Architect:||Robert A. M. Stern|
1331 Maryland Avenue is a luxury multi-family apartment building located near the DC waterfront. Designed by the acclaimed architectural firm of Robert A. M Stern, the façade seamlessly blends the traditions of Washington, DC’s architectural style with the modern vibe of the nearby Wharf project, only a 4-minute walk from the building. With spectacular views of the Washington skyline, Potomac River and monuments, the building has found its place among the city’s landmarks.
One thing that sets this project apart from others was the very high level of finish required throughout. Upon entering the public spaces you are met with the oval feature wall, entirely built of light gauge metal framing and cement board, on which a butterfly mosaic tile was installed. Layout and installation of this unique area was a test of the skill of our team.
As with most urban construction sites, logistics were some of the project’s most difficult challenges. Located at the intersection of Maine Avenue and 14th Street, SW, access to the site for deliveries was challenging in the day to day traffic. Laydown and storage space was limited to what could be installed very shortly after hitting the site. Another difficulty arose from the coordination of the intricate precast façade with the work of the drywall team. The Manganaro team of craft professionals were charged with the responsibility to install fire-safing and insulation to the precast panels, build interior partitions and ensure proper fire ratings for unit demising walls that reached the façade. All of this while maintaining an aggressive schedule for completing interior framing. The coordination with multiple trades, both interior and exterior required constant communication between our team, the general contractor and other subs.
1331 Maryland Avenue, SW stands alone among the many high-rise apartment buildings that have been added to the DC skyline over the past few years, for its iconic design, its magnificent location and for the extraordinary level of challenge and quality expected by its developers.