On Nov. 7, Gallaudet entered a formal agreement with Patner Construction, Inc., of Fairfax, Va., to do the renovation of the Peikoff Alumni House (“Ole Jim”).
Patner Construction was one of four bidders for the project. The company’s commitment to deaf workers, along with its reasonable charge for the project, separated it from the other bidders. Patner pledged that at least 10 percent of the overall project value is committed to deaf-owned firms or deaf and hard of hearing subcontractors. The project is expected to exceed $2 million, which means that at least $200,000 will be used to employ or purchase materials from deaf and hard of hearing people.
The most recent project undertaken by Patner Construction is the conversion of four townhouses into one office building known as Mortara Center for International Studies in Washington, D.C. The scope of the project is similar to the renovation of the Peikoff Alumni House.
Starting this week, a fence will be erected around the building and demolition and excavation inside of the building will begin. The plan is to have the building ready in time for the 2006 Homecoming. Michael Fields of the University Construction Services serves as the point of contact for the project on the behalf of the University. The project is funded by the Gallaudet University Alumni Association’s Alumni House Maintenance Fund and the University.
Posted: 2 Dec 2005