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Safeway Store No. 2848 Back to Project List

5000 Bradley Boulevard
Bethesda, MD

Safeway, Inc.
Lanham, MD

Rounds VanDuzer Architects
Falls Church, VA

Square Footage: 116,309 SF

Site Area: 3.0 Acres

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Our scope of work included the demolition and asbestos abatement of the existing 27,000-square-foot Safeway and the construction of a three-story building in its place. The new store consists of two levels of parking, one below grade and one at grade, with the retail area occupying the second floor.

The store is built on a load-bearing spread footing foundation system with a steel frame/braced joist and cast-in-place building frame system. The store is constructed of many different finishes including EIFS, brick, two different types of stone, metal and wood wall panels, glass, tongue and groove wood soffits, and laser-cut decorative metal panels. A unique feature is the exterior covered seating area on the ground level outside of the parking garage. Another interesting feature is the decorative glass panels created by an artist using the glass recycled from the original store. The store is located in historic Montgomery County, so there are additional aesthetic requirements for the project to keep with the look and feel of the neighborhood. For instance, brick pavers were used instead of a traditional sidewalk.

This project incorporated sustainable design and is striving for LEED Silver certification.

Our scope of work also included sitework, which consisted of overlot grading, site infrastructure, parking lot paving, site lighting, landscaping, and site retaining walls.

There were many challenges facing this project including working on a very small site, water and soil contaminates, and a tight schedule. The high water table on the site combined with a below grade parking structure made construction of this building a challenge. In addition to dewatering practices that occurred during construction, waterproofing of the structure was critical to the project’s success.

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