Fraternal twin buildings for apartments and condos are being developed at the site of the old Atlantic Plumbing factory on the edge of an up-and-coming neighborhood in DC. Image Courtesy The JBG Companies
Atlantic Plumbing

The Shaw neighborhood where the Atlantic Plumbing building was constructed was known as the apex for African-American jazz in the nation’s capital up until the 1950s. During the subsequent decade, after the 1968 riots, many area buildings were vacated. But more recently, a small site on Shaw’s northern edge appealed to The JBG Cos. for a mixed-use project.

Project Details

Location: Washington, D.C.
Developer: The JBG Companies
Architect: Morris Adjmi Architects
Builder: HITT Contracting Inc.
Project opened: October 2015
Number of units: 310
Unit mix: Junior one bedroom, one, two, and two bedroom plus den
Rents: $2,125 to $5,460

Twenty-five months after construction began on the site, which once housed a plumbing-supply warehouse, the new development showcases 310 residential units and 19,000 square feet of retail space. But it’s the cutting-edge exterior, wrapped in glass and steel, that not only looks dramatic for passersby but also provides floor-to-ceiling windows for residents and visitors to enjoy. And there’s more.

Atlantic Plumbing’s amenities are considered unparalleled in this neighborhood, which makes the building highly attractive to its mostly millennial, and some slightly older, residents. Since D.C. has a long, hot summer to contend with, there’s a large terrace on the top, 10th floor, with a resort-style pool, an indoor/outdoor bar, catering kitchens, private garden plots, a movie screening area, and great views.

Though JBG didn’t pursue green certifications, it still wanted the building to be sustainable, so the developer introduced recycled materials from the site, such as brick and a painted “Atlantic Plumbing Supply” sign salvaged during demolition and now located in the residential lobby, in addition to sorter trash chutes to recycle with ease.

Design details were thoughtfully executed down to the artistically styled elevators. Also notable is the project’s construction financing package, which was shared with a “sister” condo project to make the entire asset more marketable, says JBG principal Bryan Moll.