After a complete modernization and restoration, Coolidge Senior High School was re-imagined for a science, math, computer technology, media, and arts focused curriculum. Built in 1940, the 318,000 sf Georgian-style school had been expanded in 1987 with the addition of a 91,400 sf sports complex. In addition to the high school, a new collocated middle school was also planned for the site. The design-build team focused on stabilizing the historic structure while creating educational programs for two distinct schools. The high school remained in the northern half of the building while the Ida B. Wells Middle School was provided a separate entrance in a 12,600 sf addition. Two exterior service courts were enclosed with soaring glass roofs to accommodate an arts commons, shared dining commons, and a variety of classrooms. Historic preservation efforts included restoration of the cupola, replacing all original windows roof tiles, recreation of a historic greenhouse, as well as interior restoration of the auditorium. Having achieved LEED Gold, sustainable features include energy efficient mechanical systems, a green roof on the addition, low VOC materials, and a stormwater management system.
ACEC Metropolitan Washington Excellence Awards
Renovations and Additions - Honor Award