St. Matthew’s Redevelopment

Street level rendering of the front of Saint Matthew’s Redevelopment

Cardno’s structural engineers worked with the St. Matthew’s project design team to redevelop the Evangelical Lutheran church in Washington, D.C. into a mixed-use facility comprised of a community center, sanctuary, residential tower and parking.

St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church acquired the property at the corner of M Street and Delaware Avenue, SW in Washington, D.C. in 1962. The church began on the property in 1963 and was then demolished in 2008 to be redeveloped into a mixed-use facility.

The new mixed-use facility is comprised of an L-shaped residential building, new sanctuary, community center and two levels of below-grade parking. 

Rendering of the back of Saint Mathew’s Redevelopment

The residential tower is 205,000 sf with sections of the building eight stories and 11 stories above-grade, and the tower sits above two levels of below-grade parking totalling 85,000 sf. A 6,000 sf structured swimming pool deck and terrace are located at level nine, and there is a 19,000 sf structured terrace at level one.

The new two-story church and community center is 16,600 sf and includes a sanctuary, fellowship hall, classroom and offices with one level of this space below-grade. The residential building structure, church and community center are cast-in-place concrete construction. A structural design challenge was the curved church wall that formed the interior finish, more specifically, a 35’-0” tall multi-radius curve with a 7 per cent slope toward the interior of the sanctuary. 

The project is following LEED design standards and pursuing a LEED Silver rating.