DC Public Schools West Elementary

Washington, DC

In recent years, District of Columbia Public Schools has been pushing the boundaries at their West Education Campus by building their first ground-up new elementary school. The already existing K-12 building will be completely demolished, and a new state-of-the-art educational building will be constructed. DC Public Schools’ vision for this building is to become a national leader in the educational community.

Not only will the 95,000 square foot school become a 21st-century learning space, but it will become 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 has also agreed to pursue 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.