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DC Public Schools (DCPS), John Eaton Elementary School

Washington, DC

John Eaton Elementary School is a vibrant and diverse school located in the Cleveland Park Historic District of Washington, DC. Since its founding in the early 1900’s, the school has expanded incrementally on its current site to fill the entire block.

Eaton’s buildings were showing the effects of time, general maintenance issues associated with age, and several insensitive interventions over the years. Additionally, the school’s facilities did not meet DCPS Education Specifications, or the program needs of the projected school population. MGAC was brought in to provide project management services for the complete modernization of the school to meet 21st century education standards.

The 1930’s and 1980’s buildings were razed to accommodate a 3-story addition with a substantial lower level, much of which is below-grade. The northside of the site was regraded to house the new building and play spaces. The building is designed to meet LEED Gold including a green roof, high performing exterior envelope, and energy efficient MEP systems throughout.

The 1911 and 1921 buildings underwent interior renovation, with the replacement of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. This is considered a level 3 renovation, with an area of work impacting an excess of 50% of the aggregate building area. The renovation included with the reconfiguration of spaces, comprised of the addition and elimination of doors. A fire suppression system was added to all existing and new building areas.

An off-site swing plan was required during the renovation of the building which included the use of modular trailers located on the University of District of Columbia (UDC) Van Ness campus. The modernized facility is now home to approximately 490 students.


90,000 SF



Credit: Cox Graae + Spack Architects
Credit: Cox Graae + Spack Architects
Credit: Cox Graae + Spack Architects
Credit: Cox Graae + Spack Architects


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