McMillan Sand Filtration Site

“… a well-conceived, pragmatic work of urban design and architecture.” — Roger Lewis, the Washington Post



MV+A has designed mixed-use buildings on two parcels of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site redevelopment. The buildings are part of a larger development on the site of the former water filtration plant built between 1902 and 1905. Between 1907 and 1911 Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. designed a perimeter pedestrian path around the site that was open until the 1940s, when the site was closed to the public during World War II. The filtration plant closed operation in 1986 and the federal government sold the property to the city for redevelopment. MV+A is part of a team of architects and designers working on the Northwest Washington site’s development and is responsible for both parcels that are slated for mixed-use retail and residential projects.

On Parcel 4, MV+A has partnered with David Jameson Architect, Inc. to design a mixed-use building. The building features space for a full-service grocery store and five levels of market-rate apartments and affordable senior housing. Parcel 2 is the second parcel at the McMillian Sand Filtration site designed by MV+A for Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners. The seven-story mixed-use building includes about 18,000 square feet of retail space and 236 rental apartments.

The redevelopment will preserve the existing service courts, sand bins, and regulator houses and includes row houses, rental apartments, medical office space, an exciting retail mix, and a 6.25-acre park with a community center and pool. It will also reintroduce Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.’s pedestrian path around the site. 

Master Plan Architect and Community Center: Perkins Eastman
Landscape Architect: Nelson Byrd Woltz
Historic Preservation Consultant: EHT Traceries, Inc.
Civil Engineer: Bowman Consulting

Medical Office Buildings
Developer: Trammell Crow Company
Architect: Shalom Baranes Associates

Developer: EYA
Architect: Lessard Design