March 30, 2019

Construction Begins on the Second Phase of D.C.'s Mile-Long Waterfront Destination and Neighborhood

The Wharf Kicks Off Phase 2 Construction of an Additional Half-Mile of Waterfront Development with A Community Celebration


WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 30, 2019) — Officials at Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW) along with esteemed Washington, D.C., elected officials today celebrated the kick-off of construction for the second half of the mile-long waterfront neighborhood. The Wharf, the $2.5 billion, 3.2 million square foot waterfront neighborhood and largest private development in the city, is establishing D.C. as a true waterfront city. At full build out, Phase 2 of The Wharf will complete the remaining 1.25 million square feet of mixed-use development, including office, residential, marina, and retail space, as well as parks and public spaces, across an approximate half mile of waterfront.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) along with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined the development partnership team made up of Madison Marquette and PN Hoffman in remarks which were followed by a free community celebration with a truck touch, street fair complete with wine and beer garden, live music, children’s crafts and parade. Mayor Muriel Bowser led the family-friendly community parade with her 10-month-old daughter Miranda Elizabeth Bowser.

“Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW)’s bold development of The Southwest waterfront, which was once D.C.’s most underutilized site, has truly transformed D.C. into a waterfront city,” said Mayor Bowser. "With the delivery of Phase 1 less than two years ago, The Wharf has already created a world-class, waterfront neighborhood and destination that has put thousands to work and added hundreds of permanent jobs to the District. This community kick off of Phase 2 marks a huge milestone for the final phase of The Wharf while also celebrating what has already been achieved by The Wharf as an innovative public/private development partnership.”

“Since we first began this project in partnership with the city more than a decade ago it has been about reintroducing D.C. to its waterfront through thoughtful retail, entertainment, public spaces and of course public access to D.C.’s best natural resource - its waterfront,” said Monty Hoffman, Founder and CEO of PN Hoffman. “As we begin construction of the second and final phase of this transformed waterfront neighborhood and destination, it is incredibly rewarding to look back at what our team has created with Phase 1 while we look forward to completing the full mile of accessible waterfront activations for locals and visitors alike.”

“As we launch Phase 2 of The Wharf, we are both inspired and uplifted by the tremendous community engagement this landmark project has realized,” said Amer Hammour, Chairman of Madison Marquette. “The Wharf has proven to be a transformative waterfront neighborhood with extraordinarily diverse and dynamic amenities for every demographic - and we fully expect Phase 2 to continue the excitement with added residential, office, hotel, retail and marina offerings,” Hammour added.

Phase 1 of The Wharf first opened on October 12, 2017 with dazzling water views, hot new restaurants, year-round entertainment, and waterfront recreation all situated along the District of Columbia’s Waterfront just blocks south of the National Mall. Currently, The Wharf features world-class residences, offices, hotels, shops, restaurants, cultural attractions, private event spaces, marinas, and public spaces including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks.

At full build-out Phase 2 will include:

  • 547,000 Square Feet of Trophy Office Space (Parcels 6, 7, 10)
  • 255 Apartment Residences (Parcel 8)
  • 131 Hotel Keys (Parcel 8)
  • 96 Condominium Residences (Parcel 9)
  • 95,000 Square Feet of Ground-Level Retail Shops and Restaurants
  • 223 boat slips at The Wharf Marina
  • 1.5-acre park at the Marshall Park Landing
  • 2 underground garages with over 1,000 Parking Spaces

Announced Phase 2 Tenant

  •  Williams & Connolly - Anchor Tenant for Parcels 6 and 7

Comprised of a group of 13 architects and designers first announced by HMW in 2017, Phase 2 of The Wharf is designed by one of the most impressive architectural lineups in the nation. Phase 2 architects and designers include Rafael Viñoly, SHoP Architects, ODA, Morris Adjmi Architects, Hollwich Kushner (HWKN), S9 Architecture, WDG Architecture, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), Parker Rodriguez, Rhodeside & Harwell, Thomas Juul-Hansen, Wolf Josey, and Perkins Eastman D.C. as the master planner. General contractor Cianbro began work on the Phase 2 marina construction in 2018. HMW also announced the Mid-Atlantic Division of Balfour Beatty as the first general contractor partner selected to begin land-side construction of Phase 2. Balfour Beatty’s role in Phase 2 consists of work contracts for all Horizontal and Public Spaces (site work, utilities, hardscape and parks), Office Buildings in Parcels 6 and 7, as well as below-grade parking garages.

The Wharf is a model public-private partnership and is the largest planned unit development (PUD) in the history of Washington, D.C. The project’s principal public partner is the District’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). The list of public and private stakeholders that have reviewed the project is extensive—nearly a dozen entities at the District and regional levels alone. Gaining approval of The Wharf plan required building consensus in the halls of Congress, in the Council of the District of Columbia, and in the local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) and Southwest neighborhood, including more than 750 community meetings.

The Wharf looks to build on the workforce successes of the Phase 1 construction. During Phase 1, 1,284 people were hired for new positions, and 628 of those new hires were District residents, with over 30 percent being Ward 8 residents. At the completion of Phase 2, The Wharf will have generated $40 million to $65 million annually in taxes for the city.