In 1887, National Park Seminary began as a vacation retreat for Washington, DC residents. The property was sold in 1894 and redeveloped as a finishing school, and was known as one of the most prestigious women’s schools in the country. In 1942, the property was acquired by Walter Reed Army Hospital for use as a medical facility for disabled soldiers. The Army eventually abandoned the property and in 1972 the site was listed as a national historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2003, a Development Team won the competition to implement a plan to redevelop the campus as residential neighborhood including a halfway house for men.

VIKA provided planning, engineering, and surveying services from rezoning through construction stake-out and as-builts for this unique historic site in an ecologically sensitive area including stream valley, specimen trees, forest, and wetlands. The development emphasizes the preservation and adaptive reuse of the 27-acre site’s many historic architectural and landscape features, in a phased project that included 280 housing units and a green space component covering 60% of the site. Details include:

  • Single Family Homes — 11
  • Townhomes — 90
  • Condominiums — 50
  • Apartments — 66

VIKA’s services included: Preliminary Plan; Site Plan; and, Forest Conservation Plan with special detailing for the protection of many 100-150 year-old specimen trees. Final Engineering included: providing engineering support for stream restoration in conjunction with our consultant, Ecotone; stormwater management; design and relocation of dry and wet utilities; Public Road Improvement Plans; Private Paving Plans; Grade Establishment Plan; surveying services including ALTA, boundary and topographic surveying, construction stakeout,  record plats, and easements.