COOLIDGE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL TO REVITALIZE HISTORIC ALUMNI GREENHOUSE
The Coolidge greenhouse was construted as a part of the orginal construction of the school in 1938. Due to lack of maintenance and use, the greenhouse is in desperate need of rehabilitation. The ACE Coolidge Team, along with the school’s Alumni association and other key stakeholders, not only plans to restore this historical keepsake, but also to create the first LEED certified school greenhouse in the area.
If you ask the students at Coolidge SHS about the greenhouse, you often hear responses that they never knew we had one or that it has been abandoned for a couple of decades now. As part of the ACE mentor team project at Coolidge, our team proposed to bring the greenhouse “back to life” by renovating it and creating a new functional design to meet the school’s current and future needs. In addition to it being a place to study horticultural sciences, it could be a science research laboratory and weather center. The team found some historical items such as the alumni plaque dated from the Class of 1945 outside of the greenhouse building east wall and a stone bench with the engraving Class of the 1950. We as a team would like to form some attraction to these items by enhancing the landscaping around it so it becomes a place to cherish these relics from the past and be proud of the school’s history. Please refer to field condition survey, pictures, greenhouse presentation dated May/2009, and Coolidge Building report for more info.
Renovation Project Plan
Our goal is to complete the greenhouse design/construction by this year so that the senior team members can appreciate coming back to something they helped to finish. We have started on the pre-design phase conducting surveys of the existing conditions of the greenhouse from an exterior and interior perspective. Once we come up with the initial design and space plans, we will simultaneously start procurement of long lead items such as the glazing. Funding for these larger items will be our biggest challenge so we as a team are trying our best to find sources. The mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems will have to be evaluated since they are in need of repair. Since there are not many greenhouses that are LEED certified, we are hoping to obtain this certification in the process so the students learn the process of being compliant with energy and environmentally design standards. In the process of cleaning the debris and materials left from decades of neglect, the team has come up with a recycling plan to sort items that can be reused. We are also evaluating the tie-in to the main school building so that energy in the form of solar can be used as well as reuse of water collected from runoff.
Rough Order of Magnitude estimate
Each floor space is 576 SF with two floors totaling 1,152 SF. The goal is to expand this greenhouse out to twice the size making it 2304 SF. Design costs would be $10/SF x 2304 = $23,040 (includes LEED consulting). Construction costs can be developed once the design is complete but roughly would be $115,200. By adding contingency at 10%, we are estimating this project to be roughly $200,000.
Please send any donations and grants correspondence relating to the Coolidge greenhouse project to Frank Jones III (CCAA) at firstname.lastname@example.org or James Proctor (CCAA) at email@example.com
“Our vision and goals as a team are that as the “Coolidge Green Team”, we can set an example to other schools in the importance of the study of sciences such as horticulture, astronomy, meteorology, etc. and how they can apply to today. Having a LEED certified greenhouse at the school linking the past, present, and future generations will be something the students at Coolidge can be proud of!!”
Donate to the Calvin Coolidge Greenhouse Restoration Project
Michias Zewdu, James Proctor, Frank Jones, Matheos Mesfin
Congratulations to our 2010 ACE Scholarship Awardees!
MICHIAS ZEWDU – Calvin Coolidge H.S., Civil Engineering / Award: DC Government Neighborhood Investment
Micky is the leader of the Men of Strength Club and President of the International Club, he is also co-founder and co-President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) junior chapter at Coolidge; Captain of the soccer team; Lead member of the S.M.A.R.T program (Student Multi-ethnic Action Research Team); Leader of the GEMS program (Gains Education Mathematics and Science) and a National Honor Society among his many activities
MATHEOS MESFIN – Calvin Coolidge H.S., Engineering / Award: DC Government Neighborhood Investment
Matheos is co-founder and co-President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) junior chapter at Coolidge; Founder and President of the S.M.A.R.T program (Student Multi-ethnic Action Research Team); Leader of Coolidge’s College for Every Student; Member of the Men of Strength Club;and fluent in four languages (French, English, Amharic, Tigrigna). On Coolidge’s “Principal’s Highest GPA List”, he achieved the National Achievement Award; Honor Roll, National Student Award; and is a Posse Scholar to Grinnell College.
Team photo at National Mentoring Month celebration, January 2010
ACE Team in the News
The ACE Mentor team at Coolidge continued it's second year with more endeavors and fun events. As part of National Mentoring month, ACE DC hosted an Open House at Coolidge in January 2010 with participants from the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA), Takoma Park Association, American Forestry Service, Coolidge Alumni Association, and the Coolidge school administration.
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On behalf of the ACE Mentor Program in relationship with the Coolidge Senior High School administration, Coolidge Alumni Association, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), we would like to thank you for coming out and showing your support of the students at Coolidge SHS. Councilmember Bowser also sent us her wishes for the success of this event.