District of Columbia International School


New School Program Management

In 2013 B&D was hired to assist District of Columbia International School with architect selection and design review services for a future 165,000 SF facility. A little more than a year later, we were tasked with serving as the program manager. The project involved fully renovating Delano Hall’s approximately 130,000 SF interior into a modern school facility. The original building footprint would be extended with an approximately 35,000 SF addition, including a gym, a stage, science labs, art studios, and additional classroom space. The sustainable facility in a historic building would accommodate 1,700 students. Located on the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus, Delano Hall opened in 1931 as a barracks and was continuously occupied until 2008. The building then became part of a plan, overseen by the Washington, DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Local Redevelopment Authority, and a publicly selected private development team of Hines / Urban Atlantic / Trident to redevelop the Center into a vibrant community asset for the city. Throughout the project, we were at the forefront of communicating and coordinating the needs of these stakeholders while ensuring that the school’s timeline for building construction and occupancy were met.

Through a comprehensive project management scope designed to mitigate risks to budget, schedule, and facility quality, we managed multiple challenges to the project’s success. We coordinated with the city and the Army to provide needed site access for due diligence activities. We assisted the client in obtaining the necessary public approvals, educating internal and external stakeholders on project progress, and creating a permitting strategy that balanced the needs of the school with those of the larger campus. We also actively represented the owner during the design process, issuing minutes, action items, and design review documents, and working with the architect and contractor through programming and design challenges. A particular focus was on sustainable design, both on a campus-wide level with utilities provision and for Delano Hall specifically to achieve LEED Gold certification requirements. The $37.2 million renovation and expansion project will be completed in 2017.