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Institutional | TURNER CONSTRUCTION CO. – EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL Lightening Up a D.C. Mainstay »To maintain the school’s semi-historic status, Turner is maintaining its exterior. TURNER UPGRADES A HISTORIC SCHOOL IN WASHINGTON, D.C. BY KELLY MCCABE uilt in 1932 and upgraded in the 1980s, Washington, D.C.’s Eastern High School was long overdue for an update – a task that landed in Turner Construction Co.’s hands. In June 2009, the general contractor started work on the $55 million complete renovation, which will be completed in July 2010. To retain the feel of the semi-historic building, Turner has been working with the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM), which is the construction branch of DC Public Schools. OPEFM conferred with the local historical society, and the parties decided to retain the building’s original exterior façade, but the interior will undergo a complete gut and redesign. Although Turner is maintaining the exterior of the steel building that has a brick façade, interior steel columns, and concrete decks, joins and floors, Project Manager Pamela Murray Johnson promises that the new school will wow students and staff. “Everyone will look at it and say, ‘Wow, this is the same Eastern we left?,’ and that makes me proud,” she states. “I’m proud of working in cities with existing buildings and not leveling the building but still making something special in an existing building.” The 86-year-old-school will get new life as a LEED-silver – possibly gold – certified building. A big factor in the LEED certification is that the school’s windows will be restored to their original state. Murray explains that at some point since the school’s early days, plywood was placed near the top of the windows and painted white to keep the natural light out. “We’re taking them back to the original historic intent, so we’ll have all the natural light coming in,” she explains. The windows will be made of high-energy performance material to attract warmth in the winter and deflect heat in the summers. Turner Construction Co. – Eastern High School www.turnerconstruction.com • Location: Washington, D.C. • Cost: $55 million • Employees: 400 at peak • Scope: High school renovation “We’re working closely with the school district and the historical society to preserve the building.” –Pamela Murray Johnson, project manager Turner is using materials with low-VOC contents, and the company also is recycling and reusing existing materials. All ceilings and walls have acoustic panels to absorb reverberation and decrease transmission of sound through walls, which is a key point in the LEED for Schools program. The building also will feature a high-energy HVAC system, sustainable electrical design, energy-efficient water pumps and occupancy sensors for lights. In the gymnasium wing, Turner crews are adding another elevator to make that wing compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and it is re-exposing skylights that had been covered up. Eastern High School also had two interior, open-air courtyards, and Turner is covering those to create atriums with skylight coverings. Turner is restoring some terra cotta and terrazzo in the building, as well as a grand marble staircase at the school’s entrance. But even though some original touches will be featured in the new building, it’s going to be a whole new school. “It’ll be a totally different building – the fin- CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM DECEMBER 2009
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Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Last Look: DANSY
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