Randle Highlands Elementary School Gym and Recreation Center

As part of the continuing upgrades and improvements to the District of Columbia Public Schools, a series of additions or stand-alone gymnasiums and/or recreation centers are being constructed under the supervision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Since 1998, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been assisting the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) with efforts to renovate and modernize the school system’s 147 public schools as part of a capital improvements program.

The Randle Highlands project encompasses the addition of a new combination gymnasium and recreation center to the existing elementary school. This phase of the project is part of a larger reconstruction of the school. Phase one, which included the construction of a new classroom building and demolition of the old classroom building was completed by Manhattan Construction. The final phase will include the restoration of the original 1911 school building and is not yet funded.

Electrical and life-safety services originate in the new classroom coordination with the school since classes are in session. The work includes not only the standard power and lighting systems, but also the life-safety, public address, school paging, telecommunications, data, television and multimedia systems. Michael T. Oles was the project manager for Native Sons on this $350,000 project. Site utilities for this phase were incorporated into the project by change order.

Forney Enterprises Inc was the General Contractor. The JE Jacobs Company was the designer and onsite inspection agency, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was Construction Manager. The District of Columbia Public Schools is the owner.