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Fenty Unveils New Walker Jones Education Campus

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
First New School Facility Completed by Administration

(Washington, DC) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Tuesday unveiled the new $50 million Walker Jones Education Campus. The facility, which anchors the Northwest One community, is the first new school construction project completed by the Fenty Administration. It is the District’s first combined school, recreation and library facility.

“The Walker Jones campus brings together all the public facilities you need to build a strong community – a first-class school, public library, recreation center, athletic fields and playgrounds,” Mayor Fenty said. “The residents of Northwest One deserve the very best and we’re proud to have delivered it on time and on budget, in just 17 months, a record for a District School construction project.”

The campus includes a 100,000 square foot K-8 school; a 20,000 square foot community recreation center; a 5,000 square foot library and new athletic fields and playgrounds. While the school is scheduled to open for the first day of class later this month, the library and public recreation center will open in November. Located at New Jersey Avenue and Pierce Street NW, the facility replaces two former public schools – the Terrell Junior High School and Walker Jones Elementary School. The new facility has capacity to accommodate 850 students.

The school is one of the first LEED-certified green school buildings in the District and it includes a green roof that will be used to help students learn about ecology and sustainability. The facilities share resources such as common utilities, mechanical systems and maintenance.

Completed by Forrester Construction, Regan Associates and Banneker Ventures, the project was managed by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in partnership with Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization, Department of Parks and Recreation, and District of Columbia Public School. It is part of a 8-year, $2 billion campaign to rebuild and modernize the District’s public school facilities. The project created more than 150 construction jobs during its development.

The Walker Jones project represents the first phase of the $700 million Northwest One New Community project, which will ultimately include new retail, community services, and 1,600 new units of housing – apartments, condos and townhouses.

Media Contacts

  • Sean Madigan, (202) 615-2029

  • Feras Sleiman, (202) 251-8829