12th Award for Dunbar Senior High School

Gilbane Building Company is helping DC schools make the grade

Washington, DC – July 27, 2015 – Gilbane Building Company announces Dunbar Senior High School was honored with its 12th award – U.S. Green Building Council’s National Capital Region’s Project of the Year: Schools Award at their annual “A Midsummer Night’s Green” event. Dunbar Senior High School also earned the distinct People’s Choice Award voted on by attendees at the annual event.

Since its completion, Dunbar has received accolades from industry experts in design and construction. Thus far, Dunbar has won four awards for sustainable design, four awards for excellence in design, which includes the AIA DC Chapter Design Awards – Award in Architecture (2014) and four awards for excellence in construction, including ENR Mid-Atlantic’s Best Project Award – K-12 Education Project (2014). The school has proven that a focus on these elements can lead to the ultimate goal of a better education. According to the Washington Post, Dunbar Senior High School achieved the largest increase in test scores of any DC school on the DC CAS tests.

“It’s incredible to see the recognition that this project and our team has received,” said Drew Mucci Vice President at Gilbane Building Company about the Dunbar Senior High School project. He added, “More importantly is the impact it has had on the community. Dunbar exceeded its Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) and district resident hiring goals, which has helped to foster economic development in the District. We are proud to be on track to achieve similar results at Roosevelt Senior High School.”

Smoot/Gilbane a joint venture, along with Perkins Eastman, the team who designed and built Dunbar High School, is currently renovating the Department of General Services Roosevelt Senior High School in Ward 4. The 331,000 SF renovations include replacing or upgrading all building systems and components to new condition and modifying space to meet programmatic requirements. The project is also following in Dunbar’s sustainable footstep by including 224 geothermal wells, electro chromatic glass skylights, and photovoltaic panels at the roof.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world.

Gilbane’s first project in Washington, DC was the construction of the National Air and Space Museum, which opened in 1976. Since then our portfolio has continued to represent some of the most highly visible and demanding clients and projects in the metropolitan area. These include the U.S. Diplomacy Center, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, the National Academy of Sciences Headquarters, and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.