District of Columbia Public Schools



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 Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School modernization included the entire facility: new MEP systems, exterior restoration, interior improvements, site improvements, and implementation of sustainable design initiatives. This 180,000 SF, $69.8 million project was completed in 2008 and earned LEED Silver accreditation. In 2009 and 2010, the project received the following awards:

  • 2009 Project Achievement Award (Construction Management Association of America) – Selected as the winner in the category of Building, Renovation/Modernization, Greater than $15 million
  • 2009 Renovation/Restoration Award (Associated General Contractors of Metropolitan Washington)
  • 2009 Citation (Architectural Jury of the AASA/AIA/CEFPI)
  • 2009 “Grand Prize Winner” for K-12 School Projects (Annual Education Design Showcase)
  • 2009 Green Building of America Award (Northeast Real Estate & Construction Review)
  • 2009 Crow Island Award (American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase)
  • 2009 Lee J Brockway Award (CEFPI Exhibition of School Planning and Architecture)
  • 2009 Renovation/Modernization Citation (American School & University Architectural Portfolio)
  • 2009 Impact on Learning Award – Modernization/Effective Transformation (School Planning & Management and Council of Educational Facility Planners International)
  • 2009 Grand Prize (School Planning & Management Education Design Showcase)
  • 2009 Best in Category – Addition/Renovation (CEFPI SE Region Annual Conference)
  • 2009 Citation of Excellence (American Association of School Administrators and CEFPI)
  • 2009 Green Building of America Award (Real Estate & Construction Review)
  • 2010 Sustainability & Innovation Award (School Planning & Management Magazine)
  • 2010 Award of Excellence – Project of the Year for Schools (U.S. Green Building Council National Capital Region Chapter)
  • 2010 Judge’s Choice – “Building As A Teaching Tool” Category (School Planning & Management Sustainability and Innovation Awards)
  • 2010 Learning by Design Grand Prize (National School Boards Association)