What was once an open-concept school featuring a hexagonal campus layout, John Lewis Elementary School was dated and due for a total modernization. A feasibility study was conducted and found that the old building didn’t lend itself to renovation easily due to it being mostly concrete, which didn’t quite fit the neighborhood or the rest of the D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) portfolio, this is when D.C. Department of General Services (DGS) engaged MGAC.
MGAC’s scope of work included project management services involving demolishing the existing school and re-building a new one on the property. Working closely with DGS and DCPS, MGAC maintained and executed programmatic work that reflected a 21st-century learning environment that met the guidelines of educational and programmatic spaces. The scope of work also included the construction of playgrounds and other sport-related fields and facilities. MGAC spearheaded the feasibility study, the test fitting options and provided an outline of approaches to meet the needs of the school to follow DCPS regulations.
An added element of MGAC’s work included sustainability efforts, which featured making the school more energy-efficient to allow it to produce onsite and carbon-free renewable energy. With efforts led by MGAC, the school is pursuing Net-Zero certification which would make it the first within DCPS to do so.
“John Lewis Elementary represents an important step for DCPS to meet the sustainability goals of the Clean Energy D.C. Act, as it’s D.C.’s first school to meet Net-Zero and Well Building standards. MGAC’s experience in this process provides valuable insight into the challenges of achieving DCPS’s energy, health, and wellness goals within the budget, schedule, and community constraints of school modernization in the District,” says MGAC’s Alex Casey, Project Manager for the John Lewis Elementary School.
MGAC began working with DCPS in 2017. Currently, the MGAC and DCPS’s portfolio includes nine active projects with over 35 completed projects, roughly 10 of which have been for the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).
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