Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School

Washington, DC

Campus Relocation Program Test Fit and Site Feasibility Analysis; New School Program Management

The Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School needed to determine the feasibility of renovating a building that would become its new home.  In 1998 the school was founded and had an enrollment of just 35 students. In 2007, when B&D was retained for this feasibility study, their enrollment had grown to over 250.  Our study determined the project was viable and we were subsequently retained to be the owner’s representative and manage the design, planning, and renovation processes.  Our tasks included: selection of architectural and construction management; local third-party review; inspections; participation in design reviews; procurement of permits; budget tracking; and owner guidance on key decisions.  The resulting facility contained 32,250 SF that can accommodate 350 students.  It has three floors, a library, an art studio, a music room, a science lab, an auditorium, a parent center, an administrative wing, conference rooms, and teachers’ workrooms.  The renovation costs were $4.7 million and the new school opened in 2008.