Janney Elementary School

Washington, District of Columbia

Janney Elementary School includes the modernization of an existing Historic Landmark school building, built in 1925/1929, and a new addition. The addition increased the student capacity from 450 to 525. It incorporates the core spaces that are now a part of the DC Public Schools standards: kitchen, art room, music room, science lab, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMWinmar-Dustin Joint Venture, LLC, Design-BuilderCAPACITY525COST PER SQ FT$331.75FEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio room/gymnasium and library/computer lab.

The first floor houses the main office with parent volunteer space, a welcome center, health suite, new pre-K/kindergarten classrooms, staff lounge and a renovated cafeteria. The new multipurpose room/gymnasium opens through glass folding doors to the outdoor play areas, arranged to accommodate after-hours/community events.

The design idea is to create a contemporary, state-of-the-art addition, while respecting the original historic building. The building transitions gradually as it moves from its connection to the existing building, and turns the corner, creating a prominent west and south facade. On the western site, a paved plaza allows for the extension of education to outdoors, and the green space provides for community gatherings.

The project is designed for LEED silver certification.