Plummer Elementary School

Washington, District of Columbia

  • FIRM

    Sorg Architects


    District of Columbia Department of General Services

  • AREA

    69,400 sq.ft.





Built in 1955, Plummer Elementary School is an L-shaped structure composed of concrete and brick masonry. Receiving minimal renovations over its 55-year existence, the three-story building underwent a major interior renovation to establish a modern identity for the school and a LEED Gold, state-of-the-art learning environment for students.
The primary design element ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$194.52FEATURED IN2015 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation inspired by the Biophilia hypothesis—the notion that humans innately seek connections with nature and that these connections contribute to our well-being. Bright, colorful corridors throughout the building transport students to unique natural environments by incorporating flora and fauna into the design of custom floor tiles. The flooring seamlessly connects to the custom porcelain wall tiles, which resemble gradations of trees found in a forest.
The school’s existing, single-story entry lacked a dedicated “front door” and provided inadequate visibility for staff. To mitigate these issues, the entry was re-imagined as a dynamic welcome center, designed as a two-story open concourse, allowing natural light to filter directly into the ground- and first-floor corridors.