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A New Century Begins at St. Albans School with the Topping Out of Marriott Hall

A New Century Begins at St. Albans School with the Topping Out of Marriott Hall

Construction of new academic building is key to future of the school

Washington, DC, October 2008 – St. Albans School, an independent school for boys in Washington, DC, celebrated a significant milestone this month – the topping out of the new Marriott Hall, a five-story academic building scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2009. A portion of funds for the project was donated by the Marriott family, strong supporters of the school. The hall will unite the campus after a century of growth and will be a key element in continuing the school’s mission for the next 100 years. The school is located on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

Recently during a topping out ceremony for construction workers – a tradition that goes back to the Vikings – the last bucket of concrete was raised to complete the superstructure of the building. Tishman Construction Corporation of DC is overseeing the construction as owner’s representative, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP designed the building.

The Marriott Hall project includes the 35,000-square-foot renovation of the New Wing building (where the library is housed), plus construction of the new 35,000-square-foot addition, which will unite the Upper School by architecturally unifying the disparate buildings of the campus.

Mr. John Gerber, St. Albans Governing Board Chair, recognized this significant milestone by stating, “St. Albans is thrilled to finish the structure of Marriott Hall, for now we see even more clearly the ambitious nature of this project. Marriott Hall not only provides the school with essential space to continue its mission, but also transforms our campus.”

The 75-foot-high structure incorporates a multitude of intermediate levels and houses nine new classrooms as well as 13 new faculty offices. The project also provides numerous “green” roofs, and incorporates an accessible garden and patio. By burying the unsightly loading dock underground, the project will literally reinvent the back of the school around a green and rejuvenated Little Field “quad.”

From the windows and terraces of Marriott Hall, students and teachers will enjoy breathtaking views of the Cathedral, the Olmsted Woods, and the National Mall. Located at the center of campus, the Hall will bridge the Decker Terrace and connect the Lane-Johnston Building with the Ellison Library, the Steuart building, and the Lawrence Pool. The 18-month project will result in a striking and innovative academic building, constructed of glass and bluestone similar to that used in the Lane-Johnston Building 100 years ago.

Mr. Vance Wilson, Headmaster of St. Albans School, added, “The building connects our currently separate classroom buildings that are built over a 60-foot slope, unifying our Upper School for the first time. Marriott Hall’s green roofs and terraces will be filled with species native to the area, weaving the familiar green into the fabric of the campus. We are very pleased with the support that Tishman Construction has provided during the construction process, and we look forward to completing this exciting and innovative building.”

“Tishman is honored to play a key role in overseeing the construction of Marriott Hall, a wonderful addition to St. Albans’ campus,” said Stephen Dalton, Executive Vice President of Tishman Construction Corporation of DC. “We have the opportunity to apply our skills in managing complexity to this project for St. Albans School.”

For more information, please see the design and construction fact sheets.

About St. Albans School
St. Albans School opened its doors in the fall of 1909. A bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston, the niece of President James Buchanan, provided for the establishment of an all-boys school and for a scholarship endowment to educate boys in the National Cathedral Choir. Beginning with 59 boys in its inaugural year, St. Albans now educates approximately 570 boys in grades four through 12, over 20 of whom serve as Cathedral Choristers.

The campus, too, has grown, adding four classroom buildings, two gymnasiums, two libraries, a theater, a refectory, a dormitory, six science laboratories, computer facilities, three art studios, and an indoor swimming pool. Next summer, Marriott Hall will become the latest addition to this historical campus.

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About Tishman Construction Corporation
Celebrating 110 years of operations, Tishman Construction Corporation (TCC) is one of the nation’s premier General Contractors, Owner Representatives, Construction Managers and Project Managers. Known for successfully managing the complexities of construction, innovative approaches to building, and sustainable-building leadership, Tishman is responsible for the construction of more than 435 million square feet of space, incorporating facilities of every size and type. TCC ranks #1 in the nation on Building Design & Construction’s Top Construction Managers list.

In the Washington, DC area, Tishman is currently managing a 350,000-square-foot renovation and expansion of the American Pharmacists Association headquarters on the National Mall. Tishman is also managing 5.3 million square feet of new construction for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Recently completed projects in the area include the renovation of the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC and construction of the Strathmore Concert Hall in North Bethesda, MD.

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