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RFP Design-Build Services for Garrison ES Documentation

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Department of General Services (“Department” or “DGS”) is issuing this Request for Proposals to engage a design-builder for the modernization of Garrison Elementary School, located at 1200 S Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009.  The current Garrison Elementary School was built in 1964 and is approximately 60,200 square feet. 

The Department has already engaged the joint venture of Bell Architects, P.C. and Newman Architects, P.C. (the “Architect”) to serve as the architect/engineer for the modernization Garrison ES and a schematic design has been prepared.  A copy of the schematic design is attached hereto as Attachment A (the “Schematic Design”).  At present, the design for the Project contemplates that the existing building will be fully modernized and once renovated will serve approximately 384 students.  The construction scope of work is expected to include 'right-sizing' classrooms, modernizing the multi-purpose room with a new kitchen and flooring, new finishes in the administrative and support areas, new storefront entrance. The program includes making the entire school accessible with ramps and elevators, replacing all the building systems with new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, IT, and architectural systems, including a new front entrance.  The exterior grounds will also be modernized to include new athletic fields, basketball court, landscaping, playgrounds, and paving. The Department’s budget for these improvements (the “Project”) is approximately $19.5 million.

The Department is also in the process of engaging a separate contractor to advance the design for and to construct certain improvements at the school during the summer of 2016.  In general, those improvements include the infrastructure for dry utilities as well as landscape and hardscape improvement along the S Street perimeter of the site.  It should be noted that in addition to the S Street Hardscape project, consisting of infrastructure and hardscape work, the Department is also engaging a separate contractor to stabilize the play field at the site.  The field sits atop the location of the original Garrison Elementary School, and over the years non-geologic sinkholes have formed in different locations across the play field. It is assumed that the rubble of demolished buildings was used to backfill basement excavations of old structures. The voids allow the surface soil to subside creating the sinkholes which are most prominent over the old Garrison school site.  The areas of the field that have been subject to erosion will be stabilized with grout and compaction.  This work is not included within the scope of this Project. 

Through this RFP, the Department seeks to engage a design-builder to take assignment of that portion of the Department’s agreement with the Architect (the “Design Agreement”) that relates to this Project and to advance the design, working in an active and collaborative manner with the Architect, the Department and DCPS during the design process in order to develop a design that is consistent with the programmatic needs and schedule and budgetary requirements for the Project, and to construct the approved design no later than August 6, 2017.

To View Garrison Schematic Design Volume 1: CLICK HERE