John Lewis Elementary School, previously known as West Education Campus, has been modernized to reflect 21st-century learning environment guidelines and educational and programmatic space needs as directed in DCPS Educational Specifications. The newly opened school has characteristics reminiscent of the old open classroom concept, but with a modern ‘discovery pod’ classroom approach. The building was designed and constructed to be highly energy-efficient and produce onsite, carbon-free renewable energy in an amount sufficient to offset the school’s annual energy use. It is the first DCPS school to achieve net-zero certification. Previously, West serviced Pre-K through 8th Grade. As John Lewis Elementary, the middle school grades have phased out of the building, and the modernized school services Pre-K through 5th Grade. The renovated school holds up to 533 students, as opposed to the previous capacity of 315 students. Working with our client, DC Department of General Services (DGS), MGAC helped DCPS lead this effort by providing project management services which included a feasibility study, test-fitting options, and outlining approaches to meet the needs of the school. The John Lewis Elementary School modernization involved demolishing the existing facility and re-building a new facility to meet the educational specification requirements. The modernization included the construction of playgrounds and other site elements. During the construction, the school utilized Sharpe Health as a swing space until construction was complete.