DC Public Schools (DCPS), John Lewis Elementary School, Washington, DC
John Lewis Elementary School, previous known as West Education Campus, is one of the few remaining open concept schools in the district, which presents a challenging educational environment for today’s teachers and students. The newly opened school has been modernized to reflect 21st-century learning environment guidelines and educational and programmatic space needs as directed in DCPS Educational Specifications. John Lewis Elementary 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-kindergarten 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.
MGAC helped DCPS lead this effort by providing project management services. In Spring 2018, the team completed a feasibility study, test fitting options, and outlining approaches to meet the needs of the school. The John Lewis modernization involved demolishing the existing facility and re-building a new facility on the property 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.