Almost one and a half years into the project — after demolition and the excavation of a deep basement area — the new Hyde-Addison, Georgetown’s only public elementary school, is beginning to take shape on O Street.
The structural steel frames of what is being called the renovation/addition have been erected. In the coming months, the exterior skin, including glass framing and windows, will be attached. Next, the interior walls will be framed (with a rough-in of the kitchen plumbing), the floor slabs will be poured and construction of the roof will be done.
During the winter, the plans call for work on what is called “interior fit out” and site “hardscape,” to be completed. Then, during the summer of 2019, crews will tackle the interior work, landscaping and playground.
“The Hyde-Addison modernization project is still tracking to be complete in summer 2019,” Monica Dodge, coordinator of DC Public Schools’ facility planning and design office, wrote The Georgetowner on Nov. 15.
Some additions to the interior designs are now being discussed, with at least two more site meetings with a select group of project directors, school personnel and parents planned in the winter and spring. Some of the elements being considered for the multipurpose room and mezzanine include: a glass floor in the vestibule to provide daylight into the multipurpose room; a stage access ramp on the cafeteria side, plus storage adjacent to the physical education office on the gym side; and dimmable lighting and mezzanine speakers for the gym stage as well as blackout curtains.
Plans also are being finalized for restoration of the old Addison building. The specifications could include replacing corridor flooring with new porcelain tile and classroom flooring with LVT (luxury vinyl tile) to coordinate with the addition, adding wainscot tile in the corridors to coordinate with the Hyde building and replacing lighting in all classrooms. The entire Addison building will be repainted and acoustical panels will be provided in the music room.
So far, the budget remains what it was at the start of the 2019 fiscal year: $35.6 million plus $6.