GCS, Inc.
River Terrace Education Campus

River Terrace Education Campus

Owner: DC Department of General Services

Architect: Bryant Mitchell Architects

Project Completion Date: Summer 2015

Project SF: 40,000 SF Renovation/37,700 SF Addition

Project Description: The modernization and expansion of the River Terrace Education Campus allows for the school to serve up to 160 students ages 3 through 21 with exceptional needs and profound intellectual disabilities; it consolidated the special education programs from Sharpe Health School and Marnie D. Lee School.

The new state-of-the-art facility is a zero barrier environment designed and constructed with the needs of its occupants and their helpers of foremost consideration. Light harvesting, Bluetooth connectivity to hearing devices, soft floors, color selection, furniture, accessibility, and special-equipped amenities are standard throughout the new campus. All the materials, color selections, furniture, and fixtures were selected with specific goals and educational philosophy in mind. The building layout creates a mixture of public and private areas that serve to improve and assist in the education of the school’s occupants; these spaces are used as a tool as much as traditional classroom fixtures. The campus includes typical education facilities (classrooms, media center, cafeteria, and gymnasium) as well as specialized amenities, including health suites, an occupational therapy suite with a therapy pool, music, art, and sensory rooms, and assisted living quarters where students learn how to live independently.

The campus remained partially occupied during demolition.

Design-Build Project
Targeting LEED® Gold