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Jefferson Academy

Questions/Concerns about the modernization process? Please email Diana Halbstein

Biweekly Update: Construction Updates 7/24/2020

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Project Overview

Jefferson Middle School, located at 801 7th Street, SW, and consists of roughly 109,000 gross square feet.  The current building size will accommodate this population based on space requirements. Jefferson Middle School is yet to receive any major renovation since it was built in 1960. The building underwent Gym/Auditorium HVAC upgrades and exterior door replacements in the summer of 2017, with science lab upgrades scheduled for completion by December 2017. Subsequently, it was decided that the labs would be folded into the modernization for better building efficiency.  

The recent renovations and upgrades will be incorporated into the overall design to minimize any rework. The school currently has a student population of ~340 students. The Educational Specifications are developed for a 540 student capacity building. Jefferson Middle School serves students from Grade 6 through Grade 8. A complete renovation of the existing facility will be required to accommodate the anticipated increase in school attendance and to accommodate the impact of current building codes. Classroom space requires the layout and adjacencies of the existing building to be revisited in order to achieve the desired programmatic requirements which are set forth in the Educational Specifications. In addition, the HVAC system will also need to be upgraded. The most optimal energy-saving HVAC is part of the design. The modernization will implement the latest building codes for ADA accessibility and fire life safety system. 

The student swing plan was composed mostly of modular classrooms and offices surrounding the existing building on the south and west side—connected by raised covered walkways; and use of the gym, cafeteria, and spaces flanking them. The swing spaces inside of the existing building will be blitzed over the 2019 and 2020 summers.

Project Details

Jefferson Academy Modernization Project

Location: 801 7th St SW
Ward: 6
Status: Design Development/Demolition
Architect: Studios Architecture
Contractor: MCN Build
Swing Space: Modulars on-site and using southern wing of existing building
DGS Project ManagersPatrick Moloney; Ford Martin
DCPS Contact: Diana Halbstein

Education Specification (EdSpec):