As part of the Dallas Independent School District’s $1.6 billion 2015 Bond Program to address renovations, additions and new facility needs, the joint venture (JV) of Dikita\\Vanir is providing program management services for Thomas Jefferson High School (TJHS) and Walnut Hill International Leadership Academy (WHILA).
In October 2019, the District suffered the loss of three schools (TJHS, Cary Middle School and Walnut Hill Elementary School) when an EF-3 tornado hit the northern part of Dallas, causing an estimated $1.5 billion in damages. The JV was retained to provide program management services for the addition/renovation of the damaged TJHS and a complete rebuild of a new, dual language PK-8 school (WHILA), which replaces and combines Walnut Hill Elementary and Cary Middle Schools, which were deemed total losses.
Each school features larger educational spaces, improved athletic facilities, a more modern library space (partially funded by the Barbara Bush Foundation) and a new storm shelter for all students and staff during inclement weather.
Both completed schools were delivered in January 2023 to meet the District’s aggressive schedule and allow the current senior class to graduate from its alma mater.
Delivering ongoing support
Due to recent security incidents at local Dallas-area high schools, the JV is continuing to assist the District’s emergency management and construction services departments with providing added exterior security.