DC Public Schools (DCPS), Jefferson Academy


Washington, DC

Originally built in 1960, Jefferson Academy is a historic middle school in Washington, DC that serves roughly 340 students. As part of the DC Public Schools (DCPS) Educational Specifications, it was determined that to accommodate the addition of 200 students, a complete renovation of the existing facility would be required.

MGAC acted as the main point of contact for the general contract, third party vendors, and the client, DC Public Schools. Scope of work included the renovation and addition of administrative offices, classrooms, cafeteria, locker rooms, multipurpose rooms, and gym work.

The student swing plan was composed mostly of modular classrooms and offices surrounding the existing building—connected by raised covered walkways; and use of the gym, cafeteria, and spaces flanking them. Students moved back into the school after Phase 1 completion while work on Phase 2 begun; coordination between the school and construction team was paramount during Phase 2. Responsibilities during this phase included budget development and monitoring, invoicing, PCO review and entitlement, maintaining communication with the school, and weekly reports.

Size

115,000 SF

Sustainability:

LEED Gold

Awards

2021 Award of Merit for ENR Best Project Awards (K-12 Education)

Credit: Judy Davis, Architectural Photographer
Credit: Judy Davis, Architectural Photographer
Credit: Judy Davis, Architectural Photographer
Credit: Judy Davis, Architectural Photographer
Credit: Judy Davis, Architectural Photographer
Credit: Judy Davis, Architectural Photographer



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