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Current and Upcoming Projects

Watergate completed a large number of major rebuilding, rehabilitation and restoration projects between 2015 and 2017.  These projects included new gutters and downspouts, new window and door shutters, repairs to exterior masonry and woodwork, exterior painting, work on two archways in the Northern Mews, work on the brick retaining walls and sidewalks along the Koi Pond walkway, repairs to wooden fences, extensive work on the sewer and storm water pipes in both underground garages, re-landscaping of the berm area at the southernmost edge of the property, and removal of overgrown mature plantings.

There are two major Watergate-related projects scheduled for 2018 -- the stabilization and rebuilding of the First Street walkway (see item immediately below) and the City of Alexandria's Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project along Second Street (click here for further details on the Neighborhood Development page of this website).  The association also continues to monitor construction progress on the Giant/ABC site across North Pitt Street from Watergate and its impact on Watergate (click here for further details on the Neighborhood Development page of this website).  A current list of the association's business partners can be found on the Service Providers page of this website.

This webpage was last updated in early April 2018.  The photo at left, taken in late November 2017, shows the Red Maple tree in all its late-fall glory.  Click on any photo on this page to enlarge.

 

 

First Street Walkway Project

The largest project that we are currently working on involves the First Street walkway that links the construction site at the former Giant/ABC site on North Pitt Street to the west of Watergate, and Montgomery Park on North Royal Street to our east.  Over the years, portions of the brick walkway, some of the adjacent brick retaining walls, and nearby garage steps have shifted and become misaligned (see photo at left).  This is similar to the problem that we addressed in 2016 with the fishpond walkway on the northern end of our property.

This First Street walkway project includes the following work:

  • Stabilization and reinforcement of the ground under the walkway.
  • Rebuilding the affected brick patio retaining walls, garage stairways and planter boxes.
  • Relaying the brick pavers.
  • Installing updated water-proofing and drainage systems

Reverse Project Chronology

Mid-August 2018 -- Projected date for substantial project completion.

June 1, 2018 -- Projected date for groundbreaking and start of on-site work.

May 2018 -- Culbertson receives building permits from City of Alexandria.

April 2018 -- Construction contract among Culbertson, Desman, SFMC and Watergate is finalized and executed.

March 26, 2018 -- Culbertson Company submitted a draft construction contract for review and comment.

February 28, 2018 -- At a regularly scheduled meeting, Watergate's board accepted the construction proposal submitted by Culbertson Company.

February 16, 2018 -- Desman delivered the contractor proposals together with its bid analysis and recommendation.

February 14, 2018 -- Deadline for bid submission.

February 7, 2018 -- Desman, SFMC and Watergate's President held an on-site pre-bid meeting for interested contractors.

January 10, 2018 -- Desman Engineering delivered its draft engineering documents and a proposed bid package to be sent to interested contractors.

September 13, 2017 -- At a regularly scheduled meeting, Watergate's board approved Desman's proposed project management agreement.

September 6, 2017 -- Desman submitted a proposal for project management services related to the First Street walkway project.

August 22, 2017 -- Watergate's board asked Desman to submit a proposal for project management services related to the First Street walkway project.

August 2, 2017 -- Desman delivered a written engineering assessment of the First Street walkway.

June 21, 2017 -- Desman and one of its sub-contractors performed engineering exploration and survey work along the First Street walkway between North Pitt Street and North Royal Street.

April 3, 2017 -- At a regularly scheduled meeeting, Watergate's board approved Desman's proposed engineering assessment plan.

March 9, 2017 -- Desman submitted a proposal to conduct a geo-technical and structural engineering assessment of the First Street walkway between North Pitt Street and North Royal Street.

March 1, 2017 -- Desman conducted a preliminary site visit.

February 22, 2017 -- At a regularly scheduled meeting, Watergate's board discussed the condition of several brick retaining walls along the First Street walkway, which showed increasing signs of movement and misalignment, and determined to ask Desman Engineering to assist the association in evaluating the structural stability of the structures.

Project Documents

All material project documents have been posted to the Board Minutes & Homeowner Documents page of this website as they become available.

 

 

 

Fishpond Archway

We have retained Connors Construction to rebuild the masonry archway located nearest the koi pond (see photo at left).  This is the same work that we did for the opposing North Royal Street archway in 2016.

This project includes the following tasks:

  • Exposing and clearing-out the interior structure of the archway.
  • Reinforcing and sealing the firewalls within the archway.
  • Installing new cold-weather insulation.
  • Restoring the exterior of the archway to its original condition.

This project started on January 18, 2018 and ended a week later on January 25th.  This was one of the quickest-completed major projects in recent memory.  And drama free.

 

 

Tree Pruning and Removal

We had stunningly temperate and enjoyable weather for most of 2017.  This was good for both our souls and our plantings.  So many of our trees, in particular, went through major growth spurts this past summer and fall, and the Grounds Committee has proposed the following projects, to be undertaken as soon as possible:

  • Major pruning of the 12 largest crape myrtle trees on our property (this is the number 1 homeowner request).
  • Removal of an overgrown and unhealthy arborvitae next to the pedestrian gate between 402 and 404 Second Street.
  • Removal of a foster holly between 412 and 414 Second Street.
  • Removal of a structurally invasive crape myrtle between 412 Second Street and 1053 North Pitt Street.
  • Removal of an overgrown and structurally invasive holly between 1026 and 1040 North Royal Street and its raised circular brick planter, and installation of new brick pavers.
  • Removal of an overgrown and structurally invasive holly between 1058 and 1070 North Royal Street and its raised circular brick planter, and installation of new brick pavers (see photo at left).

Work on the first four items was completed on December 14, 2017.  We hope to complete the rest of the work in the Spring of 2018, when it is warm enough for the brick work to be accomplished.  We have also added more pruning and pest spraying visits by Care of Trees in 2018.

 

 

 

Retaining Wall Near North Royal Street Garage Ramp

The board asked Desman Engineering to examine a brick retaining wall that separates the descending vehicular access ramp to the North Royal Street garage and the ground-level east-west brick sidewalk alongside the homes at 1016 through 1020 North Royal Street (see photo to left).  The wall appears to be in the very early stages of collapsing, as there are readily visible signs of vertical camber or tilt away from the sidewalk and towards the garage ramp (see photo to the left).  In other words, the wall is no longer completely straight down and plumb.

At its June 2016 meeting, the board approved a proposal from Desman to provide engineering and technical services, advice, and recommendations regarding this retaining wall.  The proposal includes on-site investigatory work that was performed by Consolidated Waterproofing Contractors and Desman on November 22, 2016.  They discovered that the wall was built atop two adjacent but unconnected sub-surface concrete foundations, the separate shifting of which has contributed in large part to the canting of the brick wall above. 

The board reviewed Desman’s formal engineering report, with recommended actions and cost estimates, at its February 2017 meeting.  Based on the available information, the board decided to continue monitoring the situation and defer remediation work until it becomes necessary.

 

 

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