Building Hope

Washington, DC

Cesar Chavez Public Charter School – Capitol Hill — Campus Relocation Program Test Fit, Site Feasibility Analysis, Program of Architectural Requirements, Design Review, and Program Management

The stated mission of Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools is to develop young people who will make a positive impact on the public policies that affect their communities.  In 2004 the school saw a need to increase opportunities for students to participate in curricula with public policy added, including community service projects.  The relocation and expansion of one of its schools into two new locations fit with this theme since it was an adaptive reuse of a historic warehouse that blended with the neighborhood.  The school asked B&D to be its owner’s representative through design and construction and our tasks included:  management and engagement with the developer, and design review with the architects, consultants, and the school.  We also developed their RFP for contractor services, managed the procurement process, and advised on the contractor selection.  During the construction process, B&D managed zoning and public entitlements and tracked and managed the quality, schedule and costs to ensure the facility would be ready for school by September of 2005.  The $3.85 million, 44,000 SF renovated space contained 25 classrooms, two science labs, two art studios, a library, a computer lab, and a cafeteria/auditorium