VIKA provided planning, civil engineering, and surveying  services to redevelop the five-building, 50-unit Pierce Queen Apartments, built in 1942 and located on the 1600 block of North 16th Street.

As part of a planned mixed-income development in the Rador-Ft. Myer Heights neighborhood, the redevelopment plan entailed the tear-down of three of the structures to make way for a new LEED Silver-certified,186-unit apartment tower. The plan called for renovation of the remaining two garden apartment buildings.

Each of the five existing buildings are deemed historically “important” in Arlington County’s Historic Resources Inventory. The finished project includes 198 apartment units (40 percent of which are reserved as committed affordable housing), 193 parking spaces in 3.5 levels located below grade, plus 207 off-street parking spaces.

In addition, the project included:

  • Utility undergrounding
  • Completion of on-site streetscape improvements to include sidewalks, curb, and gutter on-site
  • Undergrounding of existing aerial utilities
  • Public art
  • Earthcraft Certification of the garden apartment buildings.

An interesting aspect of VIKA’s surveying assignment for this project centered on the existing apartment complex, which consists of five two-story buildings located at the intersection of 16th Street North, North Queen Street and North Pierce Street.

VIKA was tasked with providing accurate detailed locations of the existing buildings. We worked closely with the Architect to understand the locations and dimensions that were critical to their design.  Another challenge within the scope of work that required additional coordination was the proximity of the site to the WMATA K line underground tunnel.  VIKA researched the WMATA records and coordinated directly with WMATA staff to provide accurate locations of the easements and WMATA facilities adjacent to the site.  This project also demonstrates VIKA’s ability to coordinate surveying and civil design elements with existing WMATA infrastructure.