DC Public Schools John Lewis Elementary

Washington, DC

In recent years, District of Columbia Public Schools have been pushing the boundaries at their John Lewis Elementary School campus by building their first ground-up new elementary school. The already existing K-12 building was completely demolished, and a new state-of-the-art educational building was constructed. DC Public Schools’ vision for this building is to become a national net zero pinnacle in the education community.

Not only is the 98,000 square foot school a 21st-century learning space, it is a national K-12 leader in sustainability. This project is pursuing its LEED Version 4 Platinum certification and the title of Washington, DC’s first Zero Energy School. These are ambitious aspirations, but the design ultimately focused on the students and the education spaces. To prove its academic importance, DCPS is also pursuing WELL Certification, with a high focus on occupant health and wellness, which will improve the academic performance and welfare of students in a multitude of ways. A SPHERE Dashboard was installed to tie building features into the school curriculum. SPHERE is an interactive learning dashboard that allows users to view real-time building energy data, virtual spaces and education.