Girard Engineering Contributes to Extreme Makeover of DC Community Center

Falls Church, VA—Girard Engineering, PC, a leading mechanical/electrical consulting engineering firm, recently provided pro bono engineering services for the reconstruction of The Fishing School in northeast Washington, DC. The ambitious, eight-day project was completed as part of an episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” which will air on the ABC network on February 28th.

Founded in 1990, The Fishing School is a community/learning center that serves families in need in Washington, D.C. The center’s small, dilapidated structure suffered from moisture problems, failing building systems, and inadequate space for programs. Undertaking its largest makeover in the program’s seven seasons, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” demolished the existing facility and, with the help of local home builders, the architectural firm of Davis Carter Scott, Girard Engineering, and numerous skilled workers and volunteers, constructed a 6,700-square-foot facility on the existing Deanwood neighborhood site. The new complex includes three classrooms, a technology lab, a study hall with computer workstations, a recreation room, two kitchens, and office space.

The project is also one of the most energy-efficient constructed on the “Extreme Makeover” program to date, representing a zero-energy facility completed in partnership with the US Department of Energy. Green technologies include hybrid electric water heaters, a geothermal heat pump, ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent lighting, and solar panels.

Burch Builders Group and G&M Contracting contributed construction services. The “Extreme Makeover” episode featuring The Fishing School will air as part of a two-hour special on February 28 at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

Based in Falls Church, Va., Girard Engineering provides comprehensive mechanical and electrical engineering services through all phases of design and construction, from conceptual design through final system commissioning. The firm’s practice includes office, institutional, educational, and multifamily residential projects.

Release Date: 
January 2010
For Immediate Release