Project Spotlight – Parkway Overlook Apartments (Washington DC)


Property Name: Parkway Overlook Apartments

Address: 2841 Robinson Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020

Owner and Client: District of Columbia Housing Authority


The Parkway Overlook Apartments project is a rehabilitation initiative of an abandoned garden apartments complex in Southeast Washington, DC’s Congress Heights neighborhood. The site is located just three miles from the U.S. Capitol across the Anocostia River.  Site reclamation converted the property into 220 units of affordable housing consisting of 1-2-3 bedroom units. Workforce development training programs were implemented to provide onsite support for residents. Solar power systems were installed which will provide up to 30% of the energy needed for the facility.  For more information about the project, read the press release from the Washington, DC mayor’s office.


Trex Fencing is used throughout the seven acre Parkway Overlook Apartments project in applications for trash enclosures, group condenser and HVAC equipment enclosures. Trex Fencing was selected specifically because the architect felt the unique board-on-board characteristics of Seclusions contributed to the site design. The fence was used to surround three sides of the enclosures but left open in the front for easy access and to avoid a sense of the large enclosures appearing closed-off. The architect wanted a small amount of transparency, so the fence was designed for such by cutting alternating pickets near the top to provide a gap. Horizontal rails ran below the semi-transparent top as a way to give the enclosures a finished look to the open feel. This solution provided relative ease of construction and limited costs.

The adaptability of Trex Fencing makes it a perfect solution for trash enclosures or HVAC enclosures. Even tall dumpsters or HVAC equipment can be hidden from view behind a Trex fence since the structures can be adapted to various heights. The sturdy, dense posts can be installed directly into the ground or on top of concrete pads sleeved over post mounts. With a 5/8″ thick wall, Trex posts are designed for standalone support up to eight feet tall.

Like the Parkway Overlook Apartments complex, every housing site has trash collection locations and utility equipment. While necessary for living spaces, these site features are typically unattractive. Dumpster enclosures provide obscurity to hide unsightly trash receptacles and HVAC enclosures block noisy equipment. The aesthetic improvement a Trex fence can provide extends beyond the functional benefit of heavier, more industrial structures such as block walls. Both serve to provide durable enclosures, but Trex fencing is a softer, more natural barrier and provides a value engineering option to finished, textured walls. Trex fences are easier to repair and adapt, and gates can be constructed with Trex Fencing components ensuring a matching design throughout.


EDG of Bethesda, Maryland was selected as the project architect. The firm provides comprehensive design and production services in the DC Metro area. For more information on the firm’s work on the Parkway Overlook Apartments and the use of Trex fencing in this project, please contact the project architect.

Tim Powell RA, LEED AP

3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 110
Bethesda, MD 20814


Trex fencing is a composite fence system designed to provide full or partial privacy with durable, low-maintenance materials. Available in vertical or horizontal picket orientations, the fence is versatile; it can be stepped or sloped and built up to 12′ tall. Since the early 1990’s, Trex has led the outdoor building materials industry in composite products, providing innovative, environmentally responsible solutions for commercial building projects. For more information on how Trex Fencing can be used for your projects, please contact our corporate offices as 877-700-8739 or [email protected]

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Project Spotlight – Mountaingate – Reno, Nevada

Project Spotlight – Mountaingate – Reno, Nevada

Reno, Nevada is home to a wide array of attractions including museums, art, sports, and music, but most notably their casinos. Beyond the bright lights of the city, Reno also showcases many natural beauties, including the breathtaking Lake Tahoe. Nevada also holds a wealth of homeowners associations. In Nevada, HOAs are abundant, with six in 10 homes belonging to a homeowners association.
Most homeowners associations (HOAs) have a similar set of goals for housing developments: maintain property value, create aesthetic cohesion, and foster a sense of community.  Amidst the wealth of Nevada HOAs, the community of Mountaingate presents some unique design choices using Trex. Mountaingate HOA, located in South Reno, Nevada, created an idyllic community meeting these goals with quality and stylish homes, beautiful landscaping, stunning natural backdrops, all securely encompassed by Trex fencing.  
Ryder Homes, a building firm founded in 1959, constructed the beautiful Nevadan community of Mountaingate. Located just north of Arrowcreek Parkway, Mountaingate features beautiful natural landscapes with clear views of Mount Rose and the Virginia City Highlands. Ryder Homes clearly sought to infuse this community with some local flavor with many homes featuring clay shingles, neutral stucco exteriors, shutter-style windows, and Latin-inspired exterior archways.
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Adding to the overall aesthetic of the development, Trex fencing was selected as the perimeter fence. This Trex fence features our Saddle shade, providing a rich color while blending in perfectly with the natural scenery. The clean Seclusions design adds polish to the development complementing the overall aesthetic, not only meeting the expectations of the builders, but also the HOA and its residents.
HOAs and homebuilders share a common goal to create a well designed and tasteful community appearance.  However, HOAs will be the ones faced with future repairs and maintenance of the development. Trex fencing not only provides aesthetic appeal to fit most design styles, but will also withstand wear and tear for years without the need for regular repair, relieving financial strain from homeowners. Trex fencing also provides security and full privacy with its interlocking picket design to create a more secure community.