Grunley Construction renovated the existing 1938 Reed School building in Arlington, Va., to serve as a library, community center, athletic and auditorium space, day-care facility and public gathering space. The facility obtained LEED NC 2.0 Gold certification.

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The project was a joint ownership project between Arlington Public Schools and Arlington County Government, which meant that Grunley had to meet the differing expectations and requirements of the two owners for their finished building.

Prior to construction, the building had been vacant and was considered an eyesore. People in the surrounding community were anxious to see the project develop but were concerned about the effect construction would have on their neighborhood. Grunley routinely cleaned all its trucks before leaving the jobsite in order to not track dirt onto area roadways.

All work was performed between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., with noise-producing work not starting until 7 a.m.

Key Players

Owner: Arlington Public Schools
Contractor: Grunley Construction Company, Inc.
Architect: Cox Graae and Spack Architects
Civil Engineer: Adtek Engineering<
Structural Engineer: Linton Engineering
MEP Engineer: Bansal Engineering