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Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School


  • Restore Washington D.C.'s beloved vocational high school
  • Support magnet programs for architecture, engineering, and construction trades
  • Integrate sustainable strategies, including pursuit of LEED for Schools Certification

Design Highlights

A complete overhaul of the existing Phelps campus placed the school at the leading-edge of high-tech education. Phelps is the first public high school in the country to offer both college preparatory and vocational education exclusively dedicated to the design professions and construction trades. The project merged historic preservation and sustainable strategies, achieving LEED® Silver certification. Students can monitor energy gained from photovoltaic solar arrays, helical wind turbines, and a geothermal water loop. The entire building is designed as a teaching tool, with walls serving as master lessons in bricklaying and exposed plumbing providing examples of best practices in construction.

Project: Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School
Client: District of Columbia Public Schools
Location: Washington, D.C.
Scope: 17,736 New SF
123,256 Renovated SF
Partner: Bryant Mitchell Architects