On Tuesday 7 May, the new campus of Washington Latin Public Charter School topped out in Washington DC. Designed by Perkins Eastman in association with demian\wilbur\architects, the school is a modernisation and expansion of the decommissioned Rudolph Elementary School at 5200 2nd Street NW in Washington, DC.
The 75,000 sq ft campus will accommodate 650 middle and upper school students, consolidating grades 5 through 12 under one roof and expanding the school’s 31,000 sq ft currently dispersed across three separate locations. Commensurate with the fast-track design schedule, construction is scheduled to be complete in September in time for the 2013-2014 school year.
Perkins Eastman Principal and market leader of the firm’s primary and secondary education practice area Sean O’Donnell AIA, LEED AP said: “Perkins Eastman has been privileged to work with Washington Latin Public Charter School in designing a new school campus that celebrates its unique culture.” He continues, “By renewing an existing community asset in this decommissioned DCPS building, Washington Latin demonstrates its continuing commitment to the District of Columbia, and we are proud to be able to reinforce that spirit through our design.”
The design for the modernisation and expansion project realises the vision of the campus that was initially established in an early 20th-century master plan and Washington Latin’s mission to provide a rigorous classical education in a modern world that is accessible to students from across the District. Through new additions that reconnect the school to the adjacent park and a full modernisation of the existing architecture, the new campus will restore the civic presence of the 1930s-era building and enables the school to better serve its students.