St. 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. 

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.