College & Career Prep, High Schools

Phelps High School

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01 Project Overview
Phelps is the first public high school in the nation to offer students both college preparatory and vocational education dedicated exclusively to the design professions and construction trades.

A complete overhaul of the existing campus placed the school at the leading-edge of high-tech education. At Phelps, the entire building acts as a teaching tool for real-world learning and observation. The two-story main commons serves as a showcase of construction materials for welding, drywall, flooring and masonry. Students gain practical experience through the use of heavy equipment and crane simulators, high-tech drafting labs and an HVAC laboratory with equipment maintenance trainers. Renovations preserved the rich legacy of the building while creating transparent, 21st century learning environments and collaboration areas.


College & Career Prep, High Schools


District of Columbia Public Schools


Washington, D.C.


17,736 New SF
123,256 Renovated SF


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

03 Services & Recognition

Excellent design by utilizing space to create a timeless and artistic connection with the past. Tasteful use of different building materials along with natural lighting work very well in harmony together. This is a place that just needs to be experienced.

2009 Crow Island Citation Jury, American School & University
Services Provided


Interior Design



Awards & Recognition

Crow Island Citation
American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase

Lee J. Brockway Award
Council of Educational Facility Planners International’s Exhibition of School Planning and Architecture

Education Design Showcase Grand Prize
School Planning & Management

Architectural Portfolio Citation
American School & University 

Impact on Learning Award
School Planning & Management and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International

Best in Category for (Additions/Renovations Projects
Council of Educational Facility Planners Southeast Region Annual Conference