Corps of Engineers starts removing house at 4825 Glenbrook

Published Nov. 29, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started removing the house located at 4825 Glenbrook Road N.W. today. Clips of the demolition can be found on our Facebook page at:  

This house is located on property within the Spring Valley Formerly Used Defense Site. In the World War I era, the property was part of a larger area known as the American University Experiment Station, where the U.S. government researched and tested chemical agents, equipment and munitions. During two previous investigations (2000 - 2002 and 2007 - 2010) the Army Corps of Engineers discovered materials of concern not only on the property, but adjacent to the house’s foundation. Based on previous investigations, the house’s removal provides the Corps of Engineers the access it requires for the thorough investigation of areas immediately adjacent to and under the house.  

House removal will take approximately two to three weeks to complete, with activities Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although the Corps of Engineers does not anticipate a requirement for traffic detours or lane closures, personnel will direct vehicle and foot traffic within the 4800 block of Glenbrook Road to help ensure safety. Construction traffic will be minimal, 1 - 3 truck loads with construction debris per day. Access to 4825 Glenbrook Road N.W. will be restricted by a safety fence. All access points will remain secured after hours and on weekends. All debris will be either recycled or disposed of off-site in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines.  

After the house’s removal, the Corps of Engineers will cleanup and restore the property to residential standards, providing for its unrestricted future use. Throughout the entire process, the Corps of Engineers will use a series of proven controls and precautions to address safety and other concerns.   The Army and Corps of Engineers are committed to completing a thorough cleanup at this property in a manner that ensures the safety of the community and site workers. For more information on the Spring Valley Formerly Used Defense Site and 4825 Glenbrook Road N.W. project visit the Web site at:

Andrea Takash

Release no. 12-043