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GES Walks When Autism Speaks

2016-10-01

The GES CARES committee proudly achieved its goal to sponsor a water station at the WASHINGTON DC AUTISM SPEAKS WALK on October 1, 2016. The generous donations raised by our committed group far exceeded what we planned for and thought possible! GES is thrilled to support the AUTISM SPEAKS organization in its efforts to fund and support research, education and advocacy for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.



Giving Back Continues to be a GES Commitment

2016-06-19

As part of the firms commitment to giving back to the community where we live and work, GES staff donated supplies to Wells Robertson House. The Wells Robertson House is a lifesaving and life enabling program for homeless men and women who want to break the cycle of chronic addiction and homelessness. GES is proud to support their mission. To learn more and/or donate please visit Friends of Wells Robertson House http://www.friendsofwells.org/



Gingertown - Ginger Beach 2015

2015-12-05

GES attended the fun and much awaited 2015 Gingertown event in DC. Founded in 2006 by David M. Schwarz Architects, GINGERTOWN is a one-of-a-kind holiday initiative that brings together the leading architects, engineers, and contractors in the D.C. area with building enthusiasts young and old to create a town made completely of ginger bread. And, its all for a good cause. We were glad to have had the chance to collaborate with other firms as they took on different lots. Check out our Town Hall!



We've Grown, We've Moved!

2014-11-14

GES is excited to announce the relocation of our Washington, DC office to an expanded space. Our new address is 5225 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20015; Phone: 202-495-7746; Fax: 202-495-7747; www.THEGESDC.com; Our telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.



GES's New STEM Middle School at McKinley High School project is Featured in Consulting-Specifying Engineer

2014-08-28

GES's New STEM Middle School at McKinley High School project is featured in Consulting-Specifying Engineer. GES provided MEP and FP engineering design and construction administration services for the high-performance education space. The project recently earned a LEED-CI Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first public school renovation in the district to earn a LEED rating of this level. To read more on this project, please visit:Consulting - Specifying Engineer



McKinley Middle School is District's first to earn LEED-CI Platinum Rating

2014-04-15

DC's McKinley Middle School earned a LEED-Cl Platinum Rating from the US Green Building Council which makes it the first public school renovation in the District to earn a LEED rating of this level. GES provided MEP & FP engineering services for the build out of this 66,000 sf unoccupied/shell wing for use as new STEM Middle School, co-located on the McKinley High School Campus. The high performance HVAC system, energy efficient lighting and improved water conservation measures, all helped acquire the Platinum rating



GES Principal featured in Consulting-Specifying Engineers Magazine

2014-03-16

We are very excited to announce that GES has been featured in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's recent magazine on High Performance Schools. The article addresses engineering advice and best practices on designing MEP & FP systems in K-12 schools. Check out pages 10-14 to see what Essi Najafi, GES Principal, had to say! Consulting-Specifying Engineer



Modernization of Hillcrest Playground located in Washington DC is now complete!

2014-03-15

We are happy to announce that the Hillcrest Playground modernization located in Washington, DC is now complete! GES provided electrical and plumbing engineering services on the District's newest playground. Check out this article about the celebration! Hillcrest Playground



GES Renovation/Reconstruction Project Featured in Inform Magazine

2012-11-05

GES' Takoma Educational Campus renovation/reconstruction project featured in the November issue of Inform Magazine:

Inform Magazine Article



GES' Contribution Receives Praise From the Mayor & School

2012-08-25

A team comprised of Waldon Studio Architects, Penza Bailey Architects, Forrester Construction and Global Engineering Solutions partnered with the DC Department of General Services to help modernize Nalle Elementary School into a cutting edge learning environment. Nalle Elementary School is located in an economically and socially challenging neighborhood in Southeast, DC. Consequently, the school was lacking many of the tools needed to provide a healthy and safe atmosphere for the teachers and students. Prior to the renovations, the existing systems were antiquated and inefficient, but now after a summer of construction, the facility has been transformed into a 21st century academic institution.

In coordination with Principal Kim Burke, Global Engineering Solutions presented surprise gift baskets full of school supplies to all of the teachers as well as additional supplies to all 300+ students at the school's Open House on August 25, 2012. The event was well received by the teachers, students, and community, and was also attended by Mayor Vincent Gray who in reference to the school system said "having partners like Global Engineering Solutions working with us will help things get better."



GES Project Receives LEED Gold Certification

2012-02-28

Global Engineering Solutions (GES) was tasked with helping The Links, Incorporated modernize its outmoded headquarters facility. Plagued by inadequate electrical, cable and mechanical systems, which were last renovated in 1984, The Links, Incorporated wanted to create a state-of-the-art, energy efficient, sustainable facility that would support its mission of ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans by providing world class office and meeting facilities.

The existing headquarters facility was a 7,000 sf building originally built in the 1930's as a single family home. The project included expanding into an adjacent 2,400 sf apartment building. GES provided MEP & FP engineering and commissioning services for the conversion of the two buildings into a 9,400 sf mixed use facility consisting of commercial and office space, as well as a residential suite for the organization's president.

One of the major goals of the project was to improve the indoor air quality to ensure the comfort of the staff, visitors and overnight guests.

The GES team designed separate HVAC systems for the various spaces in the facility. Split system heat pumps and a rooftop VAV air conditioning system were used in the office space and residential suite. The outdoor air intakes were placed as far away from sources of air contaminants as possible to minimize the effects of pollutants on the building's occupants. The electrical design included a new power distribution system, updated panel boards, energy efficient lighting systems, and addressable fire alarm system. The new design also supported The Link's goal of creating state of the art conferencing facility capable of supporting high-tech video and teleconferencing equipment.

The project was initially targeting LEED Silver, but received LEED Gold Certification.



GES Presented with 'Super Hero Award' at Jubilee Gala

2011-04-10

At the 23rd Annual Jubilee Gala this past weekend, hosted by the Jubilee Support Alliance (JSA), GES proudly accepted the Super Hero Award as a token of appreciation for all of its contributions over the past eight years including its efforts in renovating seven apartment complexes for Jubilee Housing.

The Annual Jubilee Gala is a signature black tie event in the area attended by over 500 Washington area executives. This year's affair took place in the Regency Ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, and included full-course dinner, a complimentary bar, bidding on live and silent auctions, fun-filled casino style games, along with dancing to the tune of the Nightlife Band.

Jubilee Housing, founded in 1973, currently offers housing to 800+ individuals and families in 200+ apartments spanning 7 buildings. Jubilee Housing provides affordable housing in the urban community by maintaining rent at 40% below the market rate for the area. JSA, founded in 1984, is comprised of a dynamic group of DC area business leaders dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to Jubilee Housing.



Opening Ceremonies for GES Project Conducted by Mayor Adrian Fenty

2009-08-26

Global Engineering Solutions was selected by OPEFM/DC Public Schools to provide the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design and construction administration services for the Ferebee Hope Elementary School. The existing facility consisted of antiquated and inefficient building systems, lack of natural light and void of any modern technology. The new design called for the reconfiguration and modernization of the existing open plan classroom to create a more enriched learning environment complete with modern amenities. As part of the opening day ceremonies, Mayor Adrian Fenty toured the completed project which included enhanced lighting systems, new energy efficient HVAC systems to improve indoor air quality and advanced technology systems including the implementation of smart boards.



GES Project Visited by First Lady Michelle Obama

2009-05-13

Ferebee Hope Elementary School is a partner school of Communities In Schools (CIS), an organization that works in partnership with public schools to help students stay and succeed in school. As part of the CIS initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama visited with more than 30 students participating in an after school program at the school. Also important to students' success is ensuring that their school provides a learning environment where they can focus, grow and succeed.

Global Engineering Solutions was selected by OPEFM/DC Public Schools to provide the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design and construction administration services for the Ferebee Hope Elementary School. The existing facility consists of antiquated and inefficient building systems, lack of natural light and void of any modern technology. The new design calls for the reconfiguration and modernization of the existing open plan classroom to create a more enriched learning environment complete with modern amenities.



GES educational project receives 3 design awards

2009-04-23

Benning Elementary School was a former school without walls building and only had large open spaces and no traditional classrooms. It has been transformed into a modern school that now supports two charter schools, with traditional classrooms and administrative spaces, and two separate entrances. In the new space, the two schools, DC Prep and Nia Community Public Charter School, share common spaces, but each school has its own facilities separated on two different floors.

In the IIDA awards ceremony held at the Kennedy Center on 04/22/09 our project was honored with two awards in the Education and Institutional categories. The first was a Gold Award for design and the second was a Special Recognition Award for having the project designed/permitted/constructed in forty days and with such a tight budget. The project also received an interior design Award of Merit from the 2009 Inform Awards, bestowed by the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects.