Architect, Structural, MEP Engineer
210 North Lee Street, #208, Alexandria, VA 22314
Location: Washington, D.C.
Guaranteed Maximum Price: Apr 2009
Construction Period: June 2009 to Aug 2010
Total Square Feet: 284,000 Site: 12.8 acres.
Number of Buildings: One, 82 classrooms, auditorium seating
1,063; gymnasium seating 1,175.
Building Size: Subterranean, 51,637; basement, 78,862; first
floor, 71,687; second floor, 41,793; each additional floor, 40,021;
total, 284,000 square feet.
Building Height: Subterranean, 7'9"; basement, 14'1"; first
floor, 15'2"; second floor, 15'2"; each additional floor, 14'1"; total,
Basic Construction Type: Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Built-up, metal.
Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall,
plaster. Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 68
Associate Architect: cox, graae + spack architects - 2909 M
Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Turner Construction - 1110
Vermont Avenue, NW, #200, Washington, D.C. 20005
Eastern High School was built in 1923 and is one of the oldest
continuously operating high schools in the District of Columbia. Like
many historic urban schools, Eastern had experienced a series of
patchwork renovations that, combined with years of under funded
maintenance budgets, detracted from its historic charm and - more
egregiously - left the building unable to support modern educational
In 2008, District of Columbia Public Schools determined that renovations
were necessary to restore "The Pride of Capitol Hill." The district's
goals included the development of small learning academies, the
integration of energy-efficient building systems and the preservation of
the historic structure.
Renovations reconfigured classrooms and science labs to resemble
college-level learning environments. Academics areas, which formerly
featured boarded up windows, are restored to their Collegiate Gothic
splendor, with full-height windows and refurbished wood floors. In
addition, two former interior light wells are now enclosed atriums.
These dramatic spaces serve as student common areas and performance
Many repurposed portions of the building provide new opportunities for
hands-on learning. On the ground floor, a Practical/Project Lab includes
an ambulance, which allows students to receive real-world training in
Health & Medical Science. A robust technology infrastructure supports
self-directed learning and programs such as Project Lead the Way. The
entire Eastern campus is now wireless, and all classrooms include
"The school did a complete 180 and went from bad to wonderful," said
Anaje Boyd, a Senior in the Health & Medical Science program. "I really
like it now and am proud to be a Rambler. Kids even stay after school
just because it's a nice place to be."
Prior to the renovations, Eastern lacked even basic amenities such as
air-conditioning. The design focused on "Warm, Safe, and Dry"
improvements, including hazardous materials abatement and roofing and
window replacement. All mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were
replaced, and new interior finishes and automated lighting controls were
added throughout the building. Other sustainable features include a
renovated greenhouse with a supporting rainwater cistern. Eastern earned
LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
While a 21st century learning environment was taking shape, a parallel
effort was underway to preserve Eastern's rich history. Preservation
efforts included restoration of the following: leaded portico windows at
the exterior, woodwork throughout the building, marble in the main
stairway, terra cotta flooring in corridors, interior brick walls and
interior plaster detailing. The school's auditorium received special
attention, with the restoration of all original seats and the reopening
of balconies that were walled off during previous renovations. The
revitalized space is so state-of-the-art that it has been chosen as the
new home of the D.C. Youth Orchestra.
Since reopening its doors in August 2010, the transformed Eastern High
School has been greeted by rave reviews. Many faculty and students cried
tears of joy as they experienced their new "old" school for the first
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environment Quality 10
Innovation & Design Process 6
Roofing: Genflex Flooring: Shaw, Forbo Marmoleum,
Lighting: Lightolier Windows: Traco
Daylighting/Skylights: Aluminum Framing Systems