DLR Group Designs Maury Elementary School Renovation in Capitol Hill

Community members gathered with students and staff on August 26 to celebrate the official opening of the newly-renovated Maury Elementary School. DLR Group’s design offers 21st century educational spaces to enhance learning and, in response to a growing student population, includes a significant addition that expands the building’s capacity from 360 students to 539 students.

Maury Elementary School in Washington, D.C. by DLR Group. Rendering © DLR Group.

Located in Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Maury Elementary School was originally constructed in 1886. DLR Group’s design complements the surrounding historical residential architecture style while also offering a modernized, state-of-the-art learning environment. A glass-edged discovery commons seamlessly connects historic and new components of the school, celebrating the original iconic historic cornerstone building and amplifying transparency and indoor-outdoor connections. Maury Elementary School features flexible instructional spaces, such as music and art classrooms, science labs, and collaboration areas designed to adapt over time. A maker space is used for hands-on and project-based learning. DLR Group reorganized the school with circulation spaces that also serve as active learning zones to reduce transition times and to foster greater opportunity for discovery, collaboration, and play.

“DLR Group’s design team maximized open space for play and community use at Maury Elementary School, which was a key goal for the surrounding community. The creative design of child-scale places, biophilic materials, and indoor-outdoor connections creates a unique educational environment that inspires, attracts, and sparks children’s love of learning,” says DLR Group Principal Sarah Woodhead, AIA.

The $42 million, 70,000-SF Maury Elementary School modernization project was funded through the District of Columbia Public Schools’ capital improvements program.