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GCS Project Wins 2015 District of Columbia Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

GCS Project Wins 2015 District of Columbia Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

Washington, DC, May 2015— R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center at St. Elizabeths East, a GCS, Inc. project, received the Historic Preservation Review Board Chair’s Award for the at the DC Preservation League’s Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation on May 6. Awards were presented to individuals, business and local organizations for exemplary work and commitment to historic preservation, archaeology, education, and lifetime achievement.

(See Video from Awards Ceremony Here: https://youtu.be/dFCGd8Sda50)

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.

The award was presented to the following parties responsible for this project: GCS, Inc., St. Elizabeths East, DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development, DC Department of General Services and Cunningham Quill Architects.

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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