Anacostia Waterfront Design Guidelines

Location: Washington, DC

Michael Baker International developed the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Transportation Architecture Design Standards (ATADS) to provide unified transportation architecture for, but not limited to, all roadway and transportation-related construction projects in the Anacostia River area. Michael Baker’s primary task for the project included the collection of information on the existing transportation architecture in the area; identification of critical transportation architecture development needs and improvements within specific corridors; and development of new and improved transportation architecture standards for the entire AWI area. An extensive public involvement and public charette program and advisory committee were included in the project to guide the development of the manual. A primary mission of the work was to preserve and enhance the unique public realm of the Anacostia River area; and integrate the Anacostia River area with the District's monumental and historic character. Michael Baker’s product contained all the transportation related components within the public realm. Public realm elements of the project included: pavement, curb and gutter, trees, tree boxes/grates, landscaping, street lights, traffic signals/posts, seating/benches, trash receptacles, bicycle stands, transit shelters, parking meters, signage/posts, and public art. Roadway elements included: roadway engineering, traffic calming, shoulder width, traffic markings, pedestrian crosswalks, medians, and structural walls (retaining/noise barriers). Also for consideration were options to incorporate low impact development.

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