Mary Plummer Elementary School4601 Texas Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20032
Design Achievement – DLR Group was tasked with modernizing the 1959 Mary Plummer Elementary School. The interior design is inspired by the Biophilia Hypothesis—the notion that humans innately seek connections with nature. Bright and colorful corridors 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. A transparent, two-story main entrance invites visitors into an open concourse with abundant natural light filtering directly into the ground and first floor corridors. The school’s ambitious program requirements and LEED Gold certification goals were attained within the existing building structure.
Scope Summary – The 69,400 SF modernized elementary school serves 450 students from pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade. Extensive renovation efforts established a new, modern identity for the school, while also providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for its students. The modernization included: ADA upgrades; new mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems, IT modernization; and fire protection systems, as well as replacement of windows and exterior building insulation to increase the overall energy efficiency and comfort of the building. Sustainable design elements include new Low-E insulated windows with shades, along with LED lighting and low flow plumbing fixtures. The design achieved LEED Gold certification. DLR Group provided planning and architecture services for this project.