A rendering showing the Yards from above the Anacostia.
Developers: Forest City Washington and GSA
Lead Office Architect: Shalom Baranes Assoc.
Designers: SMWM, M. Paul Friedberg and Partners
The Yards/Foundry Lofts

A huge public-private partnership spanning 42 acres, 1.8 million sq ft office space, 2,800 residential units, 160,000-350,000 sq ft retail, and a 5.87-acre riverfront park. The first construction began in 2008, with the entire project to be completed in three phases over 10-20 years.

Official Web Sites: The Yards (Facebook, Twitter) | Yards Park (Facebook, Twitter)
Foundry Lofts (Facebook, Twitter) - Fully Leased
Yards Virtual Tour (6/11) | Yards Park Ribbon Cutting (9/7/10)
5/28/09 Park Groundbreaking | 10/3/07 Groundbreaking (Release, DC16 Video)
SFC Overlay (Zoning rules and regulations for the site) | SFC PUD Order (3/04)
Southeast Federal Public-Private Development Act of 2000
JD's Yards News Items & Additional Links

            Overview            First Phase Renderings/Photos            More Photos/Later Phases            Yards News Items            

The first phase of the redevelopment of the 44 acres of the Southeast Federal Center site will see the construction of the Yards Park, the renovation of three existing buildings and the construction of one new one. Note that specifics such as start dates are estimates, and all designs may still undergo modifications. All renderings are courtesy Forest City Washington.

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The Foundry Lofts

Additional Photos: January 2012 Interiors | November 2011 Construction Tour

Originally constructed in 1918, the distinctive four-story structure once known as Building 160 and the Pattern/Joiner Shop is being redeveloped as the 170-unit Foundry Lofts, with two new floors added on top and a five-story open interior courtyard and some ground-floor retail. Work began in 2008, but stalled later that year because of funding issues. Financing for the affordable housing component was secured in August 2010, and work restarted soon after, with the first residents moving in late in 2011. Ground-floor retailers are Potbelly Sandwich Works and Kruba Thai and Sushi, which opened in April and November 2012, respectively, while Evo Furniture Gallery (originally named Desi Living Loft Furniture) opened in summer 2013.

A view of the old Building 160 in August 2005. (8/05)

Five years later, the building has been buffed and scrubbed, and given two new floors on top. (5/26/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.

A closer view of the south side of the building, in August 2005. (5/08)

A different angle of the same side of the building, with the renovating completed, and showing the penthouse units on top. (2/26/12)

The interior of the then-soon-to-open Potbelly Sandwich Works on the northwest corner of the building, seen via peeking through a smudgy window. (2/26/12)

The southwest corner of the building, where Kruba Thai and Sushi opened on Nov. 9, 2012. A new awning has been installed over the sidewalk, in preparation for outdoor restaurant seating. (11/9/12)

Looking at Evo Furniture Gallery, which opened in summer 2013. At far left is the outdoor seating for Kruba. (11/11/13)

One end of the Foundry Lofts's interior courtyard, showing a seating area and the yoga platform. (1/25/12)

The community room. For more photos of the building's interior and the courtyard, see this gallery. (1/25/12)

A model unit inside the Foundry Lofts. For more interior photos, see this gallery and this one. (11/1/11)

The view looking southward along the balconies of the two-story penthouse units. The Yards Park and the Douglass Bridge are visible at right. (1/25/12)

A shot showing the very industrial look of the units, with the Navy Yard visible through the windows. (11/1/11)

The hallways, running along windows looking at the interior courtyard. (11/1/11)

Looking at the Pattern Joiner Shop building from the southeast, in August 2005. (The huge wheels are just an added bonus.) (5/08)

The same angle 6 1/2 years later, standing in what is now the Yards Park. (2/26/12)

Looking at the Pattern Joiner Shop building from Fourth Street, in December 2007. (12/07)

The same location, with construction finished, and with a nice view of the two new top floors. (4/05/14)  Click to see all available photos of this location.

Another view of the building, looking north in August 2005, while the DOT HQ was still under construction. The DOT HQ is at the left/center (with 3rd Street bisecting its two buildings). (08/05)

The same spot, now smack in the middle of the Yards Park, with construction nearing completion. (12/15/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.

The Foundry Lofts building, as seen in a wide-angle-lens shot from Third and Tingey in December 2006. (See, I told you it was Building 160.) (12/06)

A non-wide-angle-lens shot from the same location, with the renovation completed. (2/26/12)

And a nighttime view of the building's southern end, the same as the rendering at the top of the page, to bring everything full circle. (11/16/12)

Choose a Phase One Project to View, or View All:

The Foundry Lofts

The Boilermaker Shops

Twelve12 Apartments

Parcel N

The Yards Park

Building 213/Parcel A

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