The Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center in Adams Morgan, has re-opened its doors to a renewed elementary school and recreation center for the 2017-2018 school year.

Students, family, community members, and the construction team gathered at the plaza of the newly renovated community center for a "ribbon smashing" ceremony, led by Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and the School Principal, Katie Lundgren.  
 
This opening ceremony celebrates the comprehensive renewal of the elementary school, the recreation center and the Adams Morgan City parkland. Quinn Evans Architects developed the design of the community center in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Schools (DCPS), the Adams Morgan Community, the DC Department of General Services (DGS), DC Support Services provided by McKissac McKissac, and Gilbane Construction. 
 
The project, which kicked off construction in March of 2016, reached substantial completion this past August, boasting a newly renovated community center. The center currently features 21st century learning environments, a public gymnasium and indoor pool, lighted outdoor basketball courts, new playgrounds, and refreshed gardens. The latter will soon feature public art and sculptures commissioned from local DC artists. This coming December, the project will reach full completion as the renewed community partner health and infant care facilities resumes services. 
 

“It’s been quite a journey to bring this old structure back to life. The energy and the excitement from the staff and students on opening day makes it all worth it”

Randall Wong, AIA, NCARB

 

Mayor Bowser took this opportunity to further her administration’s Every Day Counts campaign, which highlights the importance of school attendance. After her remarks, Mayor Bowser led a symbolic ribbon cutting where Marie H. Reed Elementary School students ran through a banner, signifying the official aperture of the much awaited school facilities. This was followed by a tour, led by members of the project team, including QEA Principal, Jeff Luker, AIA, LEED AP. 
 
Leaders responsible for design and construction of the project include:

 
QUINN EVANS ARCHITECTS
 
GILBANE BUILDING COMPANY 
Scott Rhoades, Project Executive  
Anthony Barton, Senior Project Manager 
Project Team Leaders: Douglas Woolf, John Peperone, Karon Watts, Kevin Strupp, Kurt Poad, Kyle Willams, Tim Pearce, Mehandra Chouhan and others.  
 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
Project Leaders: Christina Weaver, Patrick Davis, Bridget Stesney 
 
DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES MCKISSACK MCKISSACK 
Project Leaders: Teddy Gebremichael, Jennifer Battle, Kyle N. Whitley