Eagle Academy Public Charter School

Renovation and expansion of an existing public school building to house the Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Southeast Washington, D.C. Work included complete new mechanical, electrical, and life safety systems, a new elevator, underground storm water management systems, and new electric, water, gas, and sanitary services to the building. Substantial IT infrastructure and security design included over 90 IP cameras and smart boards in every classroom. A pool and gym designed for community use was a major part of the addition. The project was designed to meet LEED Silver requirements
for Schools. The project exceeded the required 35% CBE participation.

The Challenge

Eagle Academy had been in protracted negotiations with the District of Columbia Government for the 4 acre Gladys McGogney School site in Ward 8. Until the terms of the lease were settled the design for the new Eagle Academy could not be finalized. The lease on the current space was about to expire and Eagle needed a home for their 610 students for the 2012/2013 school year. The new site had to be ready a month before the start of school so the staff could set up the new space. The required occupancy date allowed only 12 months for permitting and construction. It became clear that approval and engineering time required by all the utilities and D.C. Government would use up most of this period without leaving enough time to build the improvements.

Building Specs

  • Architect:Shinberg Levinas
  • Cost:$20.3 million project cost
  • Size:60,000 SF Renovation & 27,000 SF New Construction
  • Schedule:Phased delivery with 7 mo. renovation & 12 mo. construction