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September 21, 2011

District Awards Design-Build Contract to Modernize Cardozo High School 

Modernization Will Turn Cardozo Into A 21st Century Facility And Maintain Its Historic Prestige

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) has awarded the design-build contract to GCS-SIGAL, LLC to fully modernize Cardozo High School, located at 12th and Clifton Streets in Northwest.

“Today’s announcement on the design-build award for Cardozo continues the momentum in the District of Columbia of turning our schools into 21st Century, high-tech facilities that go hand-in-hand with ensuring a high quality education for our students,” Mayor Gray said.

The full modernization of Cardozo consists of a complete upgrade of the building and its systems, to meet state-of-the-art technical and educational standards. The project will include the addition of a regulation-size gymnasium building for basketball, volleyball, and weightlifting activities, along with atrium spaces in the former courtyards to accommodate a cafeteria.

Originally built in 1916, Cardozo High School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“While we are excited about the full modernization of Cardozo High School, we will also be working to ensure that we maintain the school’s historic prestige,” said City Administrator Allen Y. Lew.

Construction on Cardozo High School will begin in December 2011, and is scheduled to be completed in August 2013.

For more information on OPEFM and the Cardozo High School modernization, visit