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Skanska was the design-builder on this fast-track, modernization and expansion project in a tight, urban location.
Lafayette Elementary School was built in 1931 with a significant addition constructed in the 1970s, making the current building approximately 98,600-SF. The original building is considered historically significant by the DC Historical Preservation Review Board. The school currently serves nearly 700 students and the floor plan is primarily “open-space.”The approximately 60,000-SF 1970s addition was razed and was replaced with a new addition to create a total of approximately 120,000-SF and serve 805 students. The open-space format was abandoned for more traditional classrooms and corridors to create a more modern learning facility.
The modernization included restoration of the existing schoolhouse façade, a slight enlargement of the existing parking lot, renovation of all exterior play and field surfaces, green roofs, and other stormwater management features to meet the latest District of Columbia Department of the Environment requirements. The project is targeting LEED Gold certification.
The project also included the fast-track construction of a 720-student, 82-classroom trailer swing space located on the existing ball fields at the rear of the school site. The swing space community housed the entire school population including a warming kitchen, a tent for group activities, cafeteria, health suite, computer lab, all connected by elevated and covered walkways and was ready for occupancy in nine weeks. Swing space construction began in June 2015 and was completed in August 2015, with over 40,000 man hours worked without a safety incident. Skanska was responsible for maintaining the swing space during construction, including snow removal, maintenance of equipment and staging. Safety, communication and extensive signage were our primary focus with these temporary spaces.
Pamela MonastraSenior Director SE CommunicationsSkanska USA Inc.+1 404 946 7533
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Market segment: Education