The Project is an initiative of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. The CHCF raises money from the community and disperses it to local grant applicants. The Foundation also spearheads several local projects, of which the School Libraries Project is one. The Foundation and the School Libraries Project are all-volunteer efforts. The Co-Chairs of the Project are Suzanne Wells and Todd Cymrot.
The Washington Architectural Foundation (WAF), whose mission is to provide education and resources to build a better city, identified eight dedicated architects who worked on a pro bono basis to design the new library spaces for the School Libraries Project;
Regan Associates, a real estate development company with 32 years of experience, managed the construction phase of this initiative on a pro bono basis;
David Tracz, of OPX Global volunteered his services as Coordinating Architect for the project.
Global Engineering Solutions, an Engineering, Program Management and Construction Management firm, donated a significant portion of their services and oversaw the creation of electrical drawings for all of the libraries.
Dietze Construction Group, handled the physical renovation of our phase I schools: Ludlow Taylor, Stuart Hobson, and Brent Elementary. Diezte donated a significant portion of their fee towards the project.
Turner Construction handled the physical renovation of our phase II schools: Maury, Payne, Peabody, Tyler, Watkins. Turner donated a significant portion of their fee towards the project.
Catholic University Design Collaborative (CUAdc) was one of the pro-bono design firms who donated their time to the project. In addition to designing the new Stuart Hobson library, students from CUAdc custom built the entire shelving infrastructure of this library.
A strong advisory team including Councilmember Sharon Ambrose, School Board Member Tommy Wells, Superintendent of DCPS Dr. Clifford B. Janey, Ed.D., Interim Director of the DC Public Library Francis J. Buckley Jr., and University of Maryland Professor and Coordinator of the School Library and Media Program, Delia Neuman;
Capitol Hill-based graphic designer, Phoebe Hunt-Smith, of Hunt-Smith Design provided ongoing pro-bono design services for the project;
Award-winning documentary film makers, Michael Skinner of Pendragwn Productions, and Robert Ryan and Tom Keith of Castle Media, documented this initiative from start to finish; and
A Volunteer committee of professional fundraisers, public relations, graphic design, and media experts donated their skills and expertise to the success of this project.
Corporate and Foundation Donors
To date, the School Libraries Project has received donations from neighbors in excess of $350,000. These contributions represent an unprecedented community investment in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and our city’s public schools.