James D. Fennelly

Senior Vice President, Development


Mr. Fennelly is responsible for executive oversight of both development project management and construction site services on Jair Lynch projects. Mr. Fennelly brings over 20 years expertise in project development and consultant/contractor management services. Mr. Fennelly leads and manages the execution on all aspects of the development process for Jair Lynch’s third-party project management services teams.

Mr. Fennelly’s current portfolio includes approx. 1.1 million square feet of developed client assets. Key projects include a full suite of design, construction, and advisory services for the renovation of the 450,000 square foot historically landmarked Martin Luther King Jr DC Public Library, the turn-key development of a 240k sf DC Headquarter office as the first of three to deliver in WMATA’s office Consolidation Project, the re-development of 2 public charter school expansion projects, and a utility conversion project for a 25 acre, 590 unit garden style residential complex for a Jair Lynch sponsored investment. Mr. Fennelly specializes in executing complex development execution and fast-track delivery schedules for Jair Lynch’s clients, such as student-in place phased development and summer construction projects and is versed in many jurisdictional entitlements.

Mr. Fennelly started with a construction background working as an office/field engineer on a 122,000 sf Youth Services Center located in NE Washington DC as well as has served as Project Engineer on a joint venture to build the state-of-the-art Unified Communications Center in Southeast Washington, DC. The landmark project, located on the St. Elizabeth’s campus, centralized communication for DC’s emergency, non-emergency and District-wide call center by integrating DC’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the Office of Unified Communications (OUC), and the OCTO Network Operations Center (NOC), as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


  • U.S. Green Building Council: LEED® Accredited Professional
  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA)
  • Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS)

Project Experience

  • WMATA DC Headquarters, SW, Washington, DC: 240,000 SF full gut renovation and addition of 3 additional floors as well as ground level retail space.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Library, NW, Washington, DC: 450,000 SF renovation and addition of DC Public Library’s historic flagship library.
  • KIPP DC Benning Rd Campus Expansion, SE, Washington, DC: 30,000 SF addition as phase 3 of school expansion to provide structured parking added program space, and site upgrades.
  • KIPP DC MC Terrell Campus Expansion, SE, Washington, DC: 30,000 SF addition to include additional surface parking, program space, outdoor playing field, and existing building upgrades.
  • KIPP DC Blaine: Campus Expansion, NE Washington DC: 109,000 SF office renovation and interior build out for new 14-year lease with District Government tenant
  • 645 H Street, NE, Washington, DC: 90,000 SF office renovation and interior build out for new 14-year lease with District Government tenant
  • See Forever Foundation, Maya Angelou Public Charter School, Washington, DC: 112,000 SF renovation and parking Lot Addition
  • Paul Public Charter School, Washington, DC: 139,000 sf limited renovation with 26,000 SF Addition.
  • Bread for the City Healthcare Center, Washington, DC: Non-profit Healthcare Center Renovation & Addition
  • KIPP DC Public Charter Schools, Shaw Campus, Washington, DC: 100,000 SF Non-profit Education Facility Renovation and Base Building Upgrade
  • Capital Area Food Bank, Washington, DC: 123,000 SF Non-profit Warehouse & Distribution Facility, New Construction
  • Unified Communications Center, Washington, DC: 130,000 SF Municipal Facility, New Construction