Takoma Education Campus

Washington, District of Columbia

  • FIRM

    Fanning Howey


    District of Columbia Public Schools

  • AREA

    119,000 sq.ft.





In December 2010, the Takoma Education Campus was almost destroyed by fire.

Just one year later, the school literally rose from the ashes, thanks to a renovation and restoration that transformed the former open plan building into a 21st-century education facility.

The interior learning ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMBryant Mitchell ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$185.61FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation was restructured completely to support an innovative arts-integration program. The once-

windowless classrooms are now bright and airy dance and performance studios. Students enjoy abundant daylighting, thanks to rows of bump-out windows, "living" light walls and the extensive use of interior glass.

Planning and design efforts created a series of small learning communities. Classrooms are connected by a central pathway, which offers informal learning spaces for students and acts as a visual focal point.

Other student-centered efforts include sound attenuation, indoor air quality and thermal comfort. In fact, despite the fast-track, eight-month design and construction schedule, Takoma still is slated to achieve LEED gold certification.