Project Highlights

Smart Components Manufacturer: Shelter Systems Limited
Owner/Developer: LCOR
Architect: SK+I Architecture
Engineer: Cates Engineering
General Contractor/Builder: James G. Davis Construction Corporation
Framer: Agility Construction, LLC
Building Type: 3A
Square Feet: Approx. 190,000 SF
Number of Units: 187
Sector: Multifamily
Location: Washington, DC

Project Description

The Edison—a new six-story, mixed-use building—will be Union Market’s first luxury apartments to join the creative culinary mecca in Northeast Washington, DC. The building will include 28,818 sq. ft. of ground-floor retail space and 159,746 sq. ft. of residential space consisting of 187 Class A apartments. The Edison is Type 3A wood frame construction over a concrete podium with a unique skin comprised of decorative steel C Channel, pre-formed metal panel systems, brick facade and aluminum windows. The overall design and construction is planned to achieve 51 out of 110 possible LEED points, which will help the project obtain a LEED Silver Certification.

The Edison was originally designed as a concrete and steel structure, but due to budget overrides, the developer challenged the design team to convert the project to wood. The most challenging part of the wood design became resisting the lateral loads at the exterior walls with limited available wall space while accommodating the large window openings proposed for the building. Since conventional shear walls wouldn’t work for this condition, an alternative structural wood product was needed. Utilizing Smart Components provided the necessary lateral resistance where wall space was limited while allowing for large window openings throughout. The team was able to keep the appearance of the building intact—without adding expensive steel moment frames—an important consideration for this vibrant, up-and-coming DC neighborhood.

The Edison at Union Market will be the first five-story Smart Components project on the east coast. Framing is scheduled to begin in late August 2016. For more information on The Edison, check out

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