Maury Elementary School1250 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20009
Design Achievement – A cornerstone modernization for east Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Maury Elementary School has served its neighborhood for more than 130 years. The need for greater capacity and alignment with its community’s evolving needs led to an expanded and modernized school that creatively maintains the historic 1886 4-square classroom building and integrates an addition as compactly as possible on the existing site. A glass-edged atrium connects the historic with the new to celebrate the original historic façades while amplifying transparency and indoor-outdoor connections. It is the school’s mission to offer a nurturing environment to its demographically and economically diverse community of learners, foster creativity, cultivate curiosity, and form lasting connections to develop self-empowered citizens. The re-imagined school elevates this mission. Opportunities for learning are everywhere, as a high degree of interior glazing provides a sense of openness and connectedness. Design principles guiding the newly opened school include maximizing open space for physical education, informal play, and community use, and creating a unique sense of place that inspires, attracts, and sparks children’s love of learning.
Scope Summary – The 83,500-SF school accommodates 539 students. Classrooms are clustered into cohorts, with supporting facilities in each cluster. Shared areas in each cluster encourage opportunities for collaborative teaching and learning. The interior adds biophilic non-institutional elements to support a playful child-scaled interior. Coupled with modulated ceiling and sill heights, spaces respond to the age and size of the students. Sustainably designed to exceed LEEDv4 Gold certification, the facility is thoughtfully integrated with energy-efficient systems and a focus on well-being. Advanced energy modeling was utilized at each phase of the project to refine massing, fenestration, and wall assemblies, and run daylight simulations. All stormwater is collected on-site via green roofs, bioswales, permeable surfaces and a cistern - all of which enhance learning opportunities for students.