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GCS, Inc. Celebrates R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center at DC Preservation League Awards

GCS, Inc. Celebrates R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center at DC Preservation League Awards

Washington, DC, May 2016— R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center at St. Elizabeths East, a GCS, Inc. project, received an award at last weekend’s DC Preservation League 45th Anniversary and Awards celebration as “an example of the adaptive reuse of a non-contributing building in a historic district intended to serve as a catalyst in an under-served community.”

Built in the 1950s, the chapel at St. Elizabeths Campus East was converted into the R.I.S.E. (REL8.INOV8.STIMUL8.ELEV8) Demonstration Center. Originally scheduled for demolition, through community engagement the chapel was instead preserved as part of the designated historic campus, the 14,600 SF design-build renovation included a digital inclusion center, flexible creative spaces, demonstration areas, meeting and conference space, and a community computer lab. The project was completed in 10 weeks and included all new building and life safety systems, landscaping, and selective remediation of the chapel’s exterior. R.I.S.E. serves as an innovation marketplace intended to showcase new technologies, serve as a community economic empowerment center providing support for local businesses, and a talent development campus which provides technology training and workforce development for the community.

R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center has previously been recognized by the DC Preservation League, receiving the Historic Preservation Review Board Chair’s Award at the 2015 DC Preservation League Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

Congratulations to the entire team on the award and to DC Preservation League on their 45th anniversary.

About GCS, Inc.
Founded in 1986, GCS, Inc. is a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) in the District of Columbia. GCS’ services include project and construction management in addition to general construction services. A leading force in the Construction Management and Design-Build arena, GCS has a staff of over fifty project managers, superintendents, carpenters, and laborers. GCS has a proven track record of successfully complying with and exceeding the economic inclusion requirements for CBE, the First Source Employment Agreement, and the Apprenticeship Act. In addition to recruiting and retaining residents of our nation’s capital (including returning citizens), GCS supports many programs tailored in training and educating the District’s youth through the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, including the Cardozo Construction Academy House Project. To learn more about GCS, Inc., please visit http://www.gcs-dc.com.

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