Washington, DC

Completion Date: August 2010

Owner: District of Columbia Department of General Services

Program: A two-story, 43,000-square-foot addition to a 17,900-square foot public elementary school built in 1932. The project modernizes the existing two-story academic building and adds an additional classroom wing, as well as a gymnasium, a cafeteria, a media center, a multipurpose room, a stage, and an amphitheater. The new eastern end of the building—which includes the gym and the multipurpose room, among other spaces—can be closed off from the rest of the school for after-hours community functions.

Design Concept and Solution: The original 1932 masonry building made up one wing of a U-shaped master plan that was never completed. The architects wanted their addition to honor the original architecture while incorporating sustainable features—such as the school's geothermal heating and cooling system—and bringing in daylight. Following the old master plan would have meant removing a group of large trees, so the architects opted for a T shape instead, leaving the trees and using them to define a new entry plaza on the east side of the 1932 structure. As a complement to the masonry of the existing building, the architects used structural steel with a brick veneer for the new classroom wing and gymnasium, which form the top of the T. To keep the old and new brick facades distinct yet compatible, they separated the two wings with a double-height glazed entrance lobby. The architects imagined the lobby atrium as an indoor version of the plaza outside; each facade—the masonry and veneer—wraps around into the lobby, giving the space an expansive indoor-outdoor atmosphere. Picking up on the format of Washington's plazas and monuments, they conceived the south side of the new classroom wing as a glassed-in colonnade or porch with wide steps leading down to the grass. Inside the existing building, they retained the original corridors but enlarged the classrooms by absorbing storage rooms and other interstitial spaces. Public areas have the original terrazzo floors, matched by new terrazzo in the addition.

Total construction cost:  $32 million (total project cost)

EE&K a Perkins Eastman company
2121 Ward Court, NW
Washington, DC  20037
Tel: 202 861 1325
Fax: 202 861 1326


Owner: District of Columbia Department of General Services

EE&K a Perkins Eastman company
2121 Ward Court, NW
Washington, DC  20037
Tel: 202 861 1325
Fax: 202 861 1326

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Sean O'Donnell AIA, LEED AP, Principal-in-Charge
Matthew Bell AIA, Design Principal
Mary Rose Rankin RA, LEED AP, Project Manager
William Griffin AIA, LEED AP, Project Architect
David Shirey AIA, LEED AP, Project Architect
Abbie Cronin

Interior designer: EE&K a Perkins Eastman company

MEP Engineering: Setty & Associates

Structural Engineering: KTLH Engineers

Civil Engineering: A. Morton Thomas and Associates (AMT)

Geotechnical Engineering: ECS Mid-Atlantic LLC

Environmental Engineering: Applied Environmental, Inc.

Landscape: Peter Liu Associates, Inc.

Lighting: Setty & Associates

Acoustical: Shen Milsom Wilke, LLC

Historic Preservation: R. McGhee & Associates

Food Service: Cini·Little

Cost Estimating: Project Cost Inc.

LEED Consultant: Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC

Specifications: Heller & Metzger PC

As-Built Laser Survey: Quantapoint Inc.

General contractor: Whiting-Turner

Joseph Romeo
T: 703 495 0215
E: jrphotography@verizon.net

July Chan/Perkins Eastman

Renderings were completed by EE&K a Perkins Eastman company

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Revit 2009



Exterior cladding
Masonry: Carolina Ceramics, Taylor Clay Products, Ernest Maier Block

Metal/glass curtainwall: Kawneer curtainwall

Built-up roofing: Henry SBS Mod. Bit Membrane

Tile/shingles: EcoStar Majestic Slate synthetic slate shingles

Aluminum: Graham Windows, Kawneer curtainwall & storefront

Glass: Rochester Insulated Glass, Inc. (RIG)

Insulated-panel or plastic glazing:  Alucabond metal panels

Entrances:  Kawneer curtainwall and storefront doors

Metal doors:  Michbi

Wood doors:  Harring Doors

Fire-control doors, security grilles: Overhead Door Company

Locksets: Schlage

Hinges: Hager

Closers:  LCM

Exit devices: Von Duprin

Pulls: Hager

Security devices: Von Duprin

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: CertainTeed

Suspension grid: CertainTeed

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Wilsonart & Formica plastic laminate

Paints and stains: Sherwin-Williams

Plastic laminate:  Wilsonart, Formica

Special surfacing: Terrazzo floors by David Allen

Floor and wall tile: Daltile (toilet room floor & walls), Kitchen (walls only)

Resilient flooring: Forbo

Carpet: Interface

Office furniture: KI, Allsteel

Reception furniture:  Integra

Fixed seating: Hussey Bleachers

Chairs:  KI, Leland, Smith Systems

Tables:  KI, Smith Systems

Other furniture: Media Center bookshelves (HALE), Music Room furniture & equipment (WENGER), Classroom play equipment (Lakeshore)

Lighting:  Peerless, Lithonia Lighting, Day-Brite Lighting, Vantage Lighting, Lightolier, Eureka Lighting, Corelite, Cooper, Dual Lite

Controls: Lutron

Elevators/Escalators: Kone

American Standard, Symmons, Just Manufacturing Company, Zurn, Halsey Taylor waterfountains