KBR Building Group - The Acadia at Metropolitan Park

The third phase of a major mixed-use development just outside of Washington, D.C., is underway. This January, general contractor KBR Building Group began  excavation and earth retention system work on The Acadia at Metropolitan Park in Arlington, Va., a 19-story residential and retail building.

When completed in August 2015, the 677,154-square-foot, $86 million Acadia will be the newest – and largest – component of the Metropolitan Park development. The development, owned by real estate firm Kettler and equity partner ING, is located in a former warehouse district in Arlington. The Metropolitan Park development is projected to ultimately house more than 5,000 residents in more than 3,000 units and offer a total of 100,000 square feet of retail space.

KBR Building Group worked on Metropolitan Park’s previous phases: the Gramercy, a 670,250-square-foot, 399-unit building completed in 2008, designed by Robert A.M. Stearn and WDG; and the Millennium, a 482,541-square-foot, 300-unit complex completed in 2010 designed by HOK and Dorsky Yue International (DYI). DYI is the architect of record for The Acadia.

‘Comfortable and Warm’

The Acadia at Metropolitan Park will be a post-tension concrete structure with a combination brick and glazing façade. The building will feature three below-grade parking levels and 16,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor, with 411 residential units on its upper 18 floors.

The first floor will include a fitness center, mailroom, clubhouse, business center, leasing office and private conference room. The building is designed to have two tiers, which allows for an outside pool deck above the seventh floor featuring an infinity edge pool, a barbecue area, club kitchen, shower and massage rooms. The 19th floor will also be topped by a deck that features a penthouse clubroom with an open demonstration kitchen.

Both rooftop decks will give residents a bird’s-eye view of the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument. “The common floor amenity spaces are designed to be very comfortable and warm, but the pool deck space on the seventh floor will clearly be the star of the building, with breathtaking views of the Capitol,” Sloan says.

The Acadia is designed to be a LEED Silver-certified building. KBR Building Group is diverting 75 percent of construction waste away from landfills by sorting materials on site for recycling and purchasing materials from suppliers from within a 500-mile radius of the project. The building will also feature the use of low VOC-emitting materials.

KBR Building Group is working closely with Arlington County officials and the site’s neighbors during construction to minimize disruptions to other businesses and the public. This included moving the Acadia’s construction trailer compound to accommodate the county’s relocation of a large storm pipe.

The safety of both its own workers and the public is the company’s highest priority. “Safety is our core value; we have a culture here that every employee on the site goes home to their family in the exact same condition they left their homes that morning ,” Sloan says.

Proud Partners

KBR Building Group is a construction services company serving the multi-family, commercial/corporate office, retail, hospitality and healthcare market sectors. “We’re a very service-oriented company,” Sloan says. “There isn’t much that we won’t do.”

The company prides itself on building long-term relationships with developers, with roughly 75 percent of its business coming from repeat clients.

“Clients come back to us because of the quality of the people we put on our jobs and the sincerity and care we bring to our work,” Sloan says. “We know what our clients want and need.”

KBR’s relationship with The Acadia owners predates its work on the Metropolitan Park development because Kettler owns several residential and mixed-use developments completed by the contractor.

“We are proud to partner with Kettler, ING and DYI again on another Arlington County signature project,” Sloan says. “We are very happy with our relationship with this team and look forward to another successful endeavor.” ­

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