District of Columbia Public Schools


Paul Lawrence Dunbar Senior High School — New School Program Management

The District of Columbia’s Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization undertook a project to modernize 120 of its schools either through renovation or demolition and new construction. The District retained B&D to provide program management and project oversight for the projects, and the work began in 2007. The Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School construction project features an armory reminiscent of the old Dunbar that connects the academic, administrative, auditorium, and athletic spaces and fosters more frequent interaction between students and staff. The design allows for ease of circulation and facilitates security through a single entrance. Visual transparency is maximized to let natural light into the classrooms. The 280,000 square foot, $128.2 million School opened in September 2013 with a capacity for 1,100 students. Its LEED features led to a 29% reduction in energy costs. The new field, track, and outdoor athletic areas were completed in 2014. The project went on to receive the following industry recognition:

• 2015 USGBC NCR, LEED Project of the Year: Schools
• 2015 USGBC NCR, People’s Choice Award
• 2015 USGBC MD, Annual Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building: Educational/School Facility
• 2014 ABC Excellence in Construction Award, Educational Facilities
• 2014 Grand Prize Award, Learning by Design, Excellence in Educational Facility Design
• 2014 Project of Distinction, Council of Educational Facility Planners International NE Region
• 2014 Vision Award, The Committee of 100 on the Federal City
• 2014 Best Civic Building, Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award
• 2014 Honorable Mention, School Planning & Management
• 2014 Gold Citation, American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase
• 2014 ENR Mid-Atlantic, Best Projects: K12 Education
• 2014 AIA DC Chapter Design Awards, Presidential Citation in Sustainable Design
• 2014 Re-Thinking the Future Sustainability Awards, Institutional Built: Honorable Mention