6825 Georgia Avenue, NW
Dear Mr. Weaver:
In its meeting of 17 March, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed a revised concept design for a new fire station for Engine Company 22, to be located at 6825 Georgia Avenue, NW, and approved the submission with the following comments.
The Commission members expressed general support for the contemporary character of the building, including the glass volume above the engine bays, which contributes to the fire station’s civic quality. They commented that the design of the building has improved, and that the solar-shading fins of colored glass add character to what might otherwise be a featureless volume on the upper level. However, instead of the opaque glass assembly proposed for most sides of this upper volume, they suggested that a solid material may be more appropriate for these walls where transparency and access to natural light are not desired. In their support for the concept of an identification sign as a mediating element within the overhang above the engine bay doors, they requested that this sign be refined in its size and detailing.
The Commission looks forward to the review of the next submission. As always, the staff is available to assist you.
/s/Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA
Christopher Weaver, Director
D.C. Department of General Services
2000 14th Street, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
cc: Suman Sorg, Sorg Architects
David Foust, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department