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GES Renovation/Reconstruction Project Featured in Inform Magazine

2012-11-05

GES' Takoma Educational Campus renovation/reconstruction project featured in the November issue of Inform Magazine:

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GES' Contribution Receives Praise From the Mayor & School

2012-08-25

A team comprised of Waldon Studio Architects, Penza Bailey Architects, Forrester Construction and Global Engineering Solutions partnered with the DC Department of General Services to help modernize Nalle Elementary School into a cutting edge learning environment. Nalle Elementary School is located in an economically and socially challenging neighborhood in Southeast, DC. Consequently, the school was lacking many of the tools needed to provide a healthy and safe atmosphere for the teachers and students. Prior to the renovations, the existing systems were antiquated and inefficient, but now after a summer of construction, the facility has been transformed into a 21st century academic institution.

In coordination with Principal Kim Burke, Global Engineering Solutions presented surprise gift baskets full of school supplies to all of the teachers as well as additional supplies to all 300+ students at the school's Open House on August 25, 2012. The event was well received by the teachers, students, and community, and was also attended by Mayor Vincent Gray who in reference to the school system said "having partners like Global Engineering Solutions working with us will help things get better."



GES Presented with 'Super Hero Award' at Jubilee Gala

2011-04-10

At the 23rd Annual Jubilee Gala this past weekend, hosted by the Jubilee Support Alliance (JSA), GES proudly accepted the Super Hero Award as a token of appreciation for all of its contributions over the past eight years including its efforts in renovating seven apartment complexes for Jubilee Housing.

The Annual Jubilee Gala is a signature black tie event in the area attended by over 500 Washington area executives. This year's affair took place in the Regency Ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, and included full-course dinner, a complimentary bar, bidding on live and silent auctions, fun-filled casino style games, along with dancing to the tune of the Nightlife Band.

Jubilee Housing, founded in 1973, currently offers housing to 800+ individuals and families in 200+ apartments spanning 7 buildings. Jubilee Housing provides affordable housing in the urban community by maintaining rent at 40% below the market rate for the area. JSA, founded in 1984, is comprised of a dynamic group of DC area business leaders dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to Jubilee Housing.



Opening Ceremonies for GES Project Conducted by Mayor Adrian Fenty

2009-08-26

Global Engineering Solutions was selected by OPEFM/DC Public Schools to provide the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design and construction administration services for the Ferebee Hope Elementary School. The existing facility consisted of antiquated and inefficient building systems, lack of natural light and void of any modern technology. The new design called for the reconfiguration and modernization of the existing open plan classroom to create a more enriched learning environment complete with modern amenities. As part of the opening day ceremonies, Mayor Adrian Fenty toured the completed project which included enhanced lighting systems, new energy efficient HVAC systems to improve indoor air quality and advanced technology systems including the implementation of smart boards.



GES Project Visited by First Lady Michelle Obama

2009-05-13

Ferebee Hope Elementary School is a partner school of Communities In Schools (CIS), an organization that works in partnership with public schools to help students stay and succeed in school. As part of the CIS initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama visited with more than 30 students participating in an after school program at the school. Also important to students' success is ensuring that their school provides a learning environment where they can focus, grow and succeed.

Global Engineering Solutions was selected by OPEFM/DC Public Schools to provide the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design and construction administration services for the Ferebee Hope Elementary School. The existing facility consists of antiquated and inefficient building systems, lack of natural light and void of any modern technology. The new design calls for the reconfiguration and modernization of the existing open plan classroom to create a more enriched learning environment complete with modern amenities.



GES educational project receives 3 design awards

2009-04-23

Benning Elementary School was a former school without walls building and only had large open spaces and no traditional classrooms. It has been transformed into a modern school that now supports two charter schools, with traditional classrooms and administrative spaces, and two separate entrances. In the new space, the two schools, DC Prep and Nia Community Public Charter School, share common spaces, but each school has its own facilities separated on two different floors.

In the IIDA awards ceremony held at the Kennedy Center on 04/22/09 our project was honored with two awards in the Education and Institutional categories. The first was a Gold Award for design and the second was a Special Recognition Award for having the project designed/permitted/constructed in forty days and with such a tight budget. The project also received an interior design Award of Merit from the 2009 Inform Awards, bestowed by the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects.