John Lewis Elementary School

Washington, DC

Designed to be the first DC school to achieve Net Zero, LEED Platinum, and WELL certifications, John Lewis Elementary School has set a new benchmark for educational facilities in the district. Rooted in design principles focused on civic presence, community connectivity, and the student experience, the school is a high-performing 21st-century learning environment that easily fits into and enhances the surrounding neighborhood. The overarching design of the new school places a strong emphasis on outdoor recreation and connections to nature, both of which have been proven to support students’ well-being and achievement. John Lewis Elementary School is the 2022 ENR Mid-Atlantic Best Project — Award of Merit Winner for K-12 Education and 2022 Education Facility Design Awards Merit Award Winner.

Bowman provided full civil design and construction documents for John Lewis Elementary School. Project included raze of the existing building and construction of a new school, including site amenities such as an athletic field, playground, courts and off-street parking. All new utility services, SWM and permit approval from DDOT for public space improvements. This project is one of the first Net Zero-ready schools in the district.

In addition to civil engineering, Bowman provided LEED enhanced commissioning services for the 95,000 sq. ft. school, a national K-12 leader in sustainability. This project is pursuing its LEED Version 4 Platinum certification and the title of Washington, DC’s first Zero Energy School. Systems commissioned include HVAC, electrical, plumbing, lighting/controls, building automation system, photovoltaic and building envelope.

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