21st Century Schools
Ohio Firm Gets Contract To Modernize U.S. Defense Department Schools
an architectural and engineering firm based in
Dayton, OH, has signed a new contract with the United States Department of
design and manage construction of 180 schools the department operates
Woolpert has worked on the 21st Century
project for the Defense Department since 2004. The re-signing of the
will be on an annual basis with the option to continue it through 2018.
contract, worth about $10 million to Woolpert, will distribute an
$50 million to other construction contractors around the world.
On the Defense Department's list of schools to
renovate — some
more than 50 years old — are 60 in the United States, 71 in Europe and
The redesigned school buildings will feature open,
spaces that can accommodate multiple learning and teaching styles. An
is the Barkley Elementary School at Fort Campbell, KY, which has won
design and sustainability awards.
Most of the work will be performed in conjunction
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department
of Defense Education Activities agency.
"Congress has made it a national priority to replace
school facilities serving military families," said David Ziegman,
military practice leader and vice president. "We're pleased to lend our
experience in school design and construction."
Earlier this month, Woolpert, which provides
geospatial mapping services, became the first commercial entity to be
to fly unmanned systems for commercial uses and last month it won a
contract to gather data for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.