Shepherd Park Community Center Update (April 2020)

DC Department of Parks and Recreation project manager Brent Sisco shared the following update on the Shepherd Park Community Center on Tuesday.

Hello Shepherd Park Community!

Attached is the April construction update for the Shepherd Park project.  We hope that you find these updates informative and that each of you is doing well and in good health.  Please note that each update will also be added to the project website after e-mail distribution:  https://dgs.dc.gov/page/shepherd-park-community-center

Project Overview

Shepherd Park Community Center project includes the addition of a new community center attached to the existing Shepherd Elementary School to include:

  • a new cafeteria/cooking kitchen
  • multipurpose dining room
  • gymnasium
  • fitness center
  • office
  • restrooms for both elementary students and adults

New amenities will be used by students during the day with community usage after school hours.

Shepherd Park Community Center Update

What Happened In March

  • Continued soil excavation necessary to get down to the final grade of the new addition.
  • Installation of interior concrete footings within the footprint of the new facility.
  • Continued installation of the bio-retention area and NW stairs.
  • Completed installation of concrete walls along the north, west, and south perimeters.
  • Continued demolition of the footing under the existing exterior stairs.
  • Installation of waterproofing on all completed exterior walls.

What to Expect in April

  • Continued excavation and hauling away of unstable soils and debris.
  • Continued soil backfill at all completed exterior walls.
  • Continued installation of the foundation and support walls under the exterior egress stair.
  • Continued arrival and erection of steel on-site (weather permitting) to support the floors, roof, and wall of the new facility.

Did you know?

Footings are the most basic structural support for buildings in contact with the earth. For structures on a level building lot, the footings are very simple and are installed at one elevation. However, for more complicated designs, the footings are placed at changing elevations and therefore require a “step” in the grade.  Stepped footings, like the one shown in the photo to the right, allow the depth of footings to transition from one elevation to another.

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