School Renovation Project
Welcome to the Washington Waldorf School's Renovation Project site. Please scroll down for photos of the summer construction and the transformation of our school building.
April 6, 2015 - Preliminary interior construction work began
June 15, 2015 - Renovation construction work began
September 14, 2015- Substantial completion
OPENING DAY OF SCHOOL (September 15, 2015)
DAY 50 OF CONSTRUCTION (August 12, 2015)
DAY 34 OF CONSTRUCTION (July 24, 2015)
Steel has arrived! New front entrance hall under construction!
DAY 31 OF CONSTRUCTION (July 21, 2015)
New windows are being installed this week! Plywood is placeholder until operable window sections are installed.
DAY 20 OF CONSTRUCTION (July 8, 2015)
Front Entrance and new office space addition underway.
DAY 9 OF CONSTRUCTION (June 23, 2015)
Demolition of existing front entrance.
DAY 8 OF CONSTRUCTION (June 22, 2015)
Existing front office interior walls gone!
DAY 3 OF CONSTRUCTION (June 16, 2015)
All interior ceilings rooftop HVAC units have been removed. Existing roof demolition begins tomorrow!
DISMANTLING OF EXISTING BOILER
Our 1953 boiler, nursed and coaxed into continued operation for decades by alumni parent John Verleun, is no longer in service. On May 18, 2015, Harvey Cleary decommissioned the boiler and started the process of pulling out the boiler, piece by piece.
INSTALLATION OF NEW ELECTRICAL SERVICE CONDUIT
On May 4, 2015, Harvey Cleary began installing the new electrical service conduit parallel to our back parking lot. The new electrical service will provide a much needed upgrade in electrical service and capacity for our current uses, and will service the planned future gym!
PREPARATION FOR NEW UTILITIES AND MECHANICAL SYSTEMS BEGINS
Exterior Electrical Trenching and Interior Mechanical Work Begins
On April 20th escavation vehicles will be on the south side of our building, digging a trench for our new electrical service. This work is expected to last three weeks. In addition, Harvey-Cleary will begin interior work in hallway ceilings during evening work shifts. The interior work will be limited to removing existing ceiling tile to for installation of new mechanical ductwork. This work is expected to go through June. We are absolutely thrilled that Harvey-Cleary will beginning work on our project - we hope you share our excitement and, please pardon our dust.
CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT SIGNED
Harvey Cleary Construction Company Hired, Poised to Begin Work
On March 18, 2015, the Washington Waldorf School signed a contract with Harvey Cleary construction to begin work on Phase I of the Sangamore Road campus. Harvey-Cleary, a construction contracting firm whose Washington, DC office was opened in 1986, will oversee the construction of WWS’s planned infrastructure improvements, expansion of its front entry, and infrastructure for future development of a gym at the site.
"This is a moment of great importance in the history of the Washington Waldorf School,”said Board Chair Allison Fultz. “Breaking ground to renew and improve our campus is a realization of a longstanding dream of the hundreds of volunteers and donors in our community who have brought us to this point - to whom we are deeply grateful. But beyond even this, it is a first step towards making our vision of a beautiful long-term, energy efficient home a reality. Raising the last $250,000 to complete the campaign for this first phase of vital improvements is a critical part of achieving our vision, and every gift counts!"
WWS’s planned improvements will feature the installation of state-of-the-art, high-energy efficient heating and cooling system, well insulated and water-proof roofing, beautiful new insulated, double-pane windows, and important utility and life-safety systems upgrades. Students of all ages will benefit from these improvements which will provide for a healthy indoor environment: well-lit by natural light and is environmentally sound.
“It is exciting to think that by September 8, our first day of the 2015-2016 school year, our students will be learning, growing and building community in a weather-tight, energy efficient building,” said Faculty Chair Jennifer Page. “We will continue to grow and improve our programs and look forward to showcasing our school to the Washington DC community in our "new" home.”
Phase I includes the renovation and expansion of the existing front entrance, installation of a new HVAC system, insulated roof, windows, lighting fixtures, ceiling tile, fire alarm system, fire suppression (sprinkler) system, and upgrade of all utilities. Full scale construction began June 12; our newly renovated building will be ready for the new school year when we open the doors again on September 15, 2015 to our students and families.