Shepherd Park Community Center Update (May 2020)

DC Department of Parks and Recreation project manager Brent Sisco shared the following update on the Shepherd Park Community Center on Wednesday. 

Hello Shepherd Park Community!

Attached is the April construction update for the Shepherd Park project.  We hope that you find these updates informative and that each of you is doing well and in good health.  Please note that each update will also be added to the project website after e-mail distribution:  https://dgs.dc.gov/page/shepherd-park-community-center

Project Overview

Shepherd Park Community Center project includes the addition of a new community center attached to the existing Shepherd Elementary School to include:

  • a new cafeteria/cooking kitchen
  • multipurpose dining room
  • gymnasium
  • fitness center
  • office
  • restrooms for both elementary students and adults

New amenities will be used by students during the day with community usage after school hours.

Shepherd Park Community Center

What Happened In April

  • Installation of concrete footings for columns.
  • Continued installation/erection of steel framework for structural support of new facility.
  • Completion of soil backfill at all exterior walls.
  • Demolition within the school area began in order to take advantage of the school closure.
  • Completion of the demolition of the footing under existing exterior stairs.
  • Completion of waterproofing on all completed exterior walls.
  • All underground plumbing was inspected and approved.

What to Expect in May

  • Continued excavation and hauling away of unstable soils and debris.
  • Continued installation/erection of the steel framework for structural support of the new facility.
  • Exterior framing of gym walls.
  • Continued installation of the foundation and support walls under the exterior egress stair.
  • Concrete pouring of the remaining foundation slab required for structural support.

Did you know?

Shephed Park Community Center

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