District of Columbia Public Schools


Woodrow Wilson High School — School Modernization 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 Woodrow Wilson High modernization involved the conversion of the existing auditorium into a new gymnasium, major renovation of the academic core building, conversion of the existing gymnasium into the visual and performing arts center, and a reconfiguration of the main entrance. We also oversaw asbestos abatement, window replacement, new MEP systems, new lighting, upgraded finishes, and landscaping. Among the most innovative features of this project was the transformation of the ‘hole-in-the-donut’ in the academic building into a dynamic new Central Crossroads Courtyard atrium space below a dramatic skylight roof. The project was completed in 2011 and earned LEED Gold certification in 2012. The project also has earned the following awards:

  • U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Award
  • Learning by Design – Honorable Mention Award – Renovation / Adaptive Reuse / Restoration (Historic Preservation)
  • Excellence in Historic Preservation State Historic Preservation Officer’s Award
  • CEFPI World Congress Lee J. Brockway Award for Outstanding Renovation
  • AIA/DC Award of Merit in Historic Resources
  • American School & University Magazine Architectural Showcase of Outstanding Design
  • American School & University Magazine Outstanding Design Award
  • WBC Craftsmanship Award Winner in Four Categories: Atrium Skylight, Masonry, Structural Steel Framing, Foundations & Excavation
  • NAIOP Award of Excellence – Best Renovation – Historic Restoration
  • CMAA Project of the Year Honorable Mention Renovation/Modernization, Constructed value greater than $15 Million