Capital City Public Charter School

Washington,

School Renovation Programming, Financing, Lease Negotiations, And Program Management

With the growing demands of the high school as well as the desire to consolidate the school into one campus, Capital City Public Charter School successfully negotiated a long-term lease for an old District of Columbia Public School building (Rabaut) with the Department of General Services in Washington, DC. Being three schools within one building—a lower, middle, and high school—Capital City envisioned a common community and theme throughout the building while maintaining the identity of each school. For the initial phase in 2011, B&D was hired to assist in the financing and lease negotiations for the new building, and then continued with the project’s development and construction until its opening. Our specific responsibilities included setting and managing the program, the budget, and the schedule. Tasks included the professional selections for architecture, construction management, geotechnical services, material testing, third party review, and permit expediting. We managed regular design reviews and engaged user group input. We also monitored commitments and expenditures, as well as led regular construction meetings and final punch-list activities.

The 170,000 SF, $24.2 million renovation opened for the start of the 2012-2013 school year. The building includes classrooms, a two-level library, a cafeteria, a gymnasium, a theater, school common spaces, and support services with private breakout rooms. The facility also includes an administrative office suite for the Capital City staff, as well as suites for each school’s staff.