Takoma Education Campus

Washington, District of Columbia

  • FIRM

    Fanning Howey


    District of Columbia Public Schools

  • AREA

    119,000 sq.ft.





In late 2010, a devastating fire ripped through the Takoma Education Campus, destroying nearly everything in its path. Although the fire was traumatic, it provided the district with an opportunity to improve the effectiveness of the educational program.

Just one year later, the school literally rose from the ashes, redesigned ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMBryant Mitchell ArchitectsCAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$185.61FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation a modern, 21st-century learning environment. What once were dark classrooms are now student-centered learning environments that are flooded with natural light. Common areas are designed to offer the flexibility to adapt into small learning communities or large-group instruction.

Takoma is wired for voice, data and video throughout the building. The program design is intended to bring information to the desk of the student, and computer technology is distributed in every classroom. Additionally, classroom acoustics are designed to support voice clarity for improved learning.

The building is designed to be utilized as a teaching tool, educating students about environmental stewardship and awareness, while providing an engaging space for students, staff and the community who use the facility. Takoma is seeking LEED gold certification.