DeLalio Elementary School

Sector: K-12 Education

DeLalio-Elementary-SchoolMarine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River is a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter and tilt-rotor base in Jacksonville, NC. As part of an initiative of the DoDEA agency, which manages schools at U.S. military bases, DeLalio Elementary School at MCAS New River is being replaced with a new, one-story, 66,000-square foot facility. The 50-year-old school was undersized for the number of students it served and had an aging utility system that generated excessive maintenance costs.

The new school design includes multiple “learning neighborhoods,” an information center, a flex lab, a centralized commons/dining/performance space, a stage, an art studio, and OT/PT rooms for the learning-impaired. The school is being designed to USGBC LEED Silver Certification requirements and will connect to a recently constructed gym/music room addition. The existing facilities must remain in operation until the new school is complete.

Woolpert was selected to provide architectural and engineering services for the project and asked Fisher Engineering, Inc. (FEI) to provide fire protection engineering and life safety design, as well as construction period services, as part of the design/build team. FEI conducted a two-day, field investigation site visit and performed fire hydrant flow testing at the project site for use during the design. FEI then developed a design analysis related to the interior life safety, fire sprinkler, fire alarm and mass notification systems. FEI also developed construction documents consisting of a specification and a drawing set of the interior fire sprinkler, fire alarm and mass notification systems.


Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic




Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River
Jacksonville, NC

Services Provided

  • Shop submittal reviews
  • In-progress installation reviews
  • Final site review
  • Witness acceptance testing

Construction Cost

$23.2 million


66,480 SF

Completion Date