Howard D. Woodson STEM High School first opened its doors in 1972 as an eight-story concrete structure nicknamed the Tower of Power. After years of neglect and disrepair, the tower was razed in 2008. Now, Woodson is reborn with a new three-story center for teaching and learning to serve the students and community of Washington D.C.’s ASSOCIATED FIRMSHW GroupCAPACITY900COST PER SQ FT$361.00CITATIONHigh School CitationFEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio 7.
The school is designed specifically to support a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. Upper floors feature distinct educational communities configured for integrated learning. Classrooms operate as collaborative workspaces or can be subdivided into traditionally sized rooms. Each educational community includes a forum space surrounded by an integrated learning suite with laboratories and breakout areas.
The building is designed to serve the community with a natatorium and a theater that are able to function independently of the academic core of the school.
The new Woodson is designed to achieve LEED gold certification. Sustainable and high-performance features are integrated throughout the building, including green roofs, rainwater harvesting, recycled greywater, daylight harvesting and numerous other features.
"Elegant architecture. Great use of public spaces for learning."--2012 jury