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District Awards Contract for Cardozo High Renovation

WI Web Staff Report | 9/23/2011, 11:28 a.m.

The District has awarded a contract to GCS-SIGAL to fully modernize Cardozo High School, located at 12th and Clifton streets in Northwest. The renovation is slated to begin in December and completion is expected in thesummer of 2013.

"Today's announcement on the design-build award for Cardozo continues the momentum in the District of Columbia of turning our schools into 21st Century, high-tech facilities that go hand-in-hand with ensuring a high quality education for our students," said Mayor Vincent Gray, who announced the contract on Sept. 21.

Cardozo, located in the Columbia Heights community in Northwest, was built in 1916 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Renovation will consist of a complete upgrade of the building and its systems to meet state-of-the-art technical and educational standards. The project will include addition of a gymnasium building for basketball, volleyball, and weightlifting activities, along with atrium spaces in the former courtyards to accommodate a cafeteria.

"While we are excited about the full modernization of Cardozo High School, we will also be working to ensure that we maintain the school's historic prestige," said City Administrator Allen Y. Lew.