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Renovations at Park View School Begin

January 9, 2018

In December 2017, months of planning and design work to construct a new cafeteria, new parking lot, and renovated restrooms at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School began.

The overall scope of the kitchen project includes a new and larger cafeteria and dining space, which will be constructed in the school’s north gymnasium. When this is completed, a gymnasium will be constructed in the former kitchen space. Current and past documents and reports related to this project can be found here.

As of the January update from the School Improvement Team, the ground floor bathroom demolition work began of the Winter break, and a dust barrier has been installed to keep the bathroom demolition area separated from the corridor.

A barrier wall has also been installed in the gymnasium to separate construction activity from areas still in use by the school. Photos of each are below.

(Construction workers inside the bathrooms.)

(A wooden panel to reinforce the gym barrier wall.)

Meeting to Share Updates on Park View School Kitchen, Cafeteria, and Parking Lot Projects Next Tuesday

September 26, 2017

The DC Public Schools, DC Dept. of General Services, Shinberg.Levinas Architects, and Winmar Construction will be at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View school for a public meeting to share updates on the kitchen, cafeteria, and parking project. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday October 3, 2017, at 6:30PM  in the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

New Cafeteria for Park View School on Track for Fall 2018

April 27, 2017

At the April 26, 2017, School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting for the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Elementary School, the Department of General Services announced the architects, builders, and timeline for the new cafeteria project. The project is aiming to break ground in the winter of 2017 and be completed by August 2018, in time for the new academic year. The architect chosen is Shinberg Levinas with Winmar Construction chosen as the general contractor.

The scope of the project includes a full kitchen, a larger dining space, a new loading zone, and a regrading of the parking lot at the rear of the building along Newton Place. Leading up to construction, the design team will be developing the plans and getting permits. During construction, there will be times when there will be no off street parking for the school’s teachers. No plan was shared at the SIT meeting on what, if any, accommodations would be made for teachers during the reconstruction of the parking lot. Another issue that was raised was the configuration and condition of the alley behind the school, which is currently very narrow and difficult for school deliveries and regular trash collection.

The estimated schedule for the project is below. The entire slide deck from the meeting and additional information and updates are/will be available at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View school modernization Web page.

Park View School Cafeteria Replacement Project Moving Forward

November 21, 2016

At a School Improvement Team meeting held on November 2nd (minutes here), it was confirmed that $11.2M has been dedicated to replace and upgrade the cafeteria at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View Elementary School. The project was delayed in part due to a lot of turnover at the Department of General Services, both on the procurement and project management side. As a result, DGS has decided to execute in a more efficient way — Design-Build. This is when the architect and construction company are brought on together, which allows the design, planning, pricing, permitting, and construction to move quicker. The cafeteria kitchen expansion project is expected to increase the dining area for students and cooking space for staff.

At the time of this posting, the RFP had not been issued, but is expected to be issued any day. Interested neighbors can check the  Bruce Monroe @ Park View School Modernization Web page for updates.

NRHP Park View School(The Park View elementary school at 3560 Warder Street, NW)

Additional Funds Dedicated to Modernize Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School Cafeteria

March 25, 2016

Yesterday, the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School Improvement Team (SIT) was informed that Mayor Bowser had released the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for Fiscal Years 2017-2022 and that there has been a recommended change to the project budget for the school. Currently, the school has $5.7M to put towards renovating the cafeteria, but the estimates to do so exceed that amount. In the CIP, the budget has increased by $5.5M in FY17 with the goal of modernizing and expanding the kitchen and cafeteria. More details will be forthcoming at the April SIT meeting, but this is definitely good news.

NRHP Park View School(The Bruce-Monroe at Park View School now has funding for its cafeteria modernization project.)

More Improvements Headed for Park View School

January 21, 2016
Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Elementary, located on Warder Street.

Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Elementary, located on Warder Street.

A core group of School Improvement Team members met at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View school last night to begin discussing additional improvements to the school. Among those in attendance were teachers and school administrators, representatives from DCPS and DGS, Councilmember Nadeau, Commissioner Boese, and a few parents. The primary purpose of the meeting was to set expectations for future meetings and to begin the dialogue to determine what improvements should be made.

The school currently has a budget of roughly $5.7 Million  to put towards design and construction. There will also be a River Smart Grant available in 2017, though the amount is not yet known but probably won’t be for more than around one to two hundred thousand dollars.

While a project high on the priority list for the school is a renovated cafeteria and parking lot, it was shared that the money needed for that project would be around $10 Million. To begin the conversation, Patrick Davis of the DC Public Schools shared a list of potential projects with the group (below).

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As part of the discussion, it was noted that there is a strong desire to finish the modernization of the school, and that the cafeteria is a high priority. The homework given to DCPS prior to the next SIT meeting is to compile a complete list of projects required to consider the Park View School building as fully modernized, along with cost estimates for those projects. While the SIT currently needs to make a decision for the use of the $5.7M, it is also interested in knowing what funding is needed to finish the modernization. The first phase of modernizing the building was completed in Summer 2012.

Some School Modernization News

February 27, 2014
Class room at the BMPV school after modernization.

Class room at the BMPV school after modernization.

On February 25, 2014, the Washington Post posted a brief article related to school modernization funding. They listed some winners and losers in the battle for school modernization funds with Roosevelt High School and Powell Elementary School high on the list of winners. The list of losers included the Bruce Monroe @ Park View Elementary school with a loss of $41,684.24 in modernization funding. The source of this news was a letter that Mayor Gray sent to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson requesting to reprogram $96, 868, 000 of Capital Funds Budget Authority and Allotment from the Department of General Services, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, and Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education to the Department of General Services.

In reading through the document, despite the large sums and the projects listed, I’m not thinking that this news or request is as dire as it sounds. In fact, this is exactly the type of document I would expect the Mayor to send to the Council as he’s working on his FY15 budget. Unless I’m misreading the letter to the Council, the Mayor appears to be seeking to use funds that had previously been set aside for other projects that are surplus or idle in order to complete other projects that were scheduled in FY14 (current fiscal year). In the case of Bruce Monroe @ Park View, this certainly seems to be the case as $41,000 is not a lot of money when it comes to modernizing a school, as each phase of the modernization should be significantly more than that. This suggests that maybe the money connected to BMPV that they Mayor is seeking to reprogram could, in fact, be a surplus remainder from the 2012 phase I modernization.

I’ve reached out to the Mayor’s Office requesting more clarification on this reprogramming of funds. If it is confirmed that this is nothing more than identifying stagnant pools of remaining funds from closed projects, I’m all for it … and it definitely makes a world of sense to reprogram these funds in advance of developing and announcing the FY15 budget.

I’ll let folks know if there is anything dire after I hear back from the Mayor’s office.


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