Beyond Risk: Motivators for Turnkey Delivery - Speed
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, a 131,000 SF school featuring technologically advanced, flexible learning environments, was the first project awarded in Virginia to build an educational facility under the “Public Private Educational Facility and Infrastructure Act of 2002.” In desperate need of a new school and unable to identify a viable site, Falls Church City Public Schools entered into an agreement with Edgemoor to provide turnkey services, including site selection, program development, zoning, design and construction of a new facility that houses grades five through seven. Edgemoor worked with Falls Church to determine the most feasible site and proposed alternative financing structures to reduce project costs and the City’s debt burden. In addition to classrooms, the school features a cafeteria/auditorium, gymnasium, art lab, library, science and computer rooms, and a media production area. The ultimate delivery of the school saved the school system two years and close to $10 million against their original expectations and included funding pre-development with project financing to start projects earlier, development activities such as site acquisition, utility availability and entitlements are integrated into turnkey solution to accelerate pre-construction, and design-build to reduce cost and accelerate delivery.