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From: Lew, Allen (OPEFM)
Date: Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 5:47 PM
Subject: RE: please reiterate support for Janney's underground parking facility
Please accept this as a response to your e-mail of earlier today. Rest assured that OPEFM fully intends to construct an underground parking facility on the south west portion of the Janney site in time for the beginning of the 2011/12 school year.
This issue appears to have come up based on a misunderstanding of the guaranteed maximum price ("GMP") that we submitted to the Council in July. On July 12th, we submitted the GMP for the renovation and expansion of Janney Elementary School to the Council of the District of Columbia. The GMP fully funds the renovation of the existing Janney building as well as construction of approximately 43,000 in new space. The GMP also contemplated that OPEFM would construct a new underground parking facility on the south west portion of the site and that an artificial turf soccer field will be placed on top of the parking facility. The Fiscal Year 2010 budget lacked sufficient funding to support the underground parking facility. The rest of the project is fully funded.
The GMP includes an option to fully construct the parking facility and the related soccer field. As long as that option is exercised prior to February 1, 2011, the underground parking facility will be completed at the same time as the rest of the project. We plan to identify the funding source for this work in the near future and to exercise the option well in advance of the February 1st deadline. The designs for the underground parking facility have already been completed and submitted to the District's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs for permitting. We expect to proceed with the excavation work on the underground parking facility sometime in January/February depending on the weather conditions.
Allen Y. Lew