It was a day of celebration at 7770 Norfolk—the latest high-rise apartment building going up in downtown Bethesda.
Construction workers gathered with project leaders Friday afternoon to celebrate the building reaching its height, 17 stories above downtown Bethesda.
“Throughout the entire project it’s been about watching each other’s backs and helping each other out, but at the same time pushing each other to be productive and challenging one another to meet commitments,” said J.P. Quinn, the superintendent of construction for Clark Construction, the prime contractor. “It all adds up to us topping out the structure in good position for a strong finish to a successful project.”
The 244-unit building, with about 6,000 square feet of ground floor retail at the intersection of Norfolk and Fairmont avenues, broke ground in October 2013. On Monday crews will start to install drywall on the lower floors—the final phase of construction, according to Quinn.
Workers will finish pouring concrete on the main roof level on Tuesday, Quinn said, and over the next few weeks workers will install windows from floors 11 to 17.
“In about three weeks major structural work will be done,” Quinn said.
The crane is expected to come down at the end of February. Then the focus will shift to interior work—such as continuing to hang drywall and installing cabinets, tiles and appliances.
Quinn said lower level units will be completed by early October while the upper levels are expected to be completed in November.
About 100 hundred construction workers gathered in a lower level of the still very active construction zone on Friday afternoon and were served hot food catered by neighboring restaurant Bold Bite. Project managers who spoke at the event thanked the workers in English and Spanish for their efforts and also thanked the surrounding community for being good neighbors during the project.
Once completed, the building will be the third major apartment project built in Woodmont Triangle in the past two years. In 2014, Gallery Bethesda on Auburn Avenue and Bainbridge Bethesda, located across the street from 7770 Norfolk, opened within months of each other.
7770 Norfolk is being developed through a partnership of The JBG Companies, Ross Development & Investment and the CIM Group.
Project managers celebrate the topping out of 7770 Norfok with a lunch and ceremony on Jan. 9 inside a lower level space the building.