Fanning Howey provided engineering services for the renovation and adaptive reuse of the 320,000-square-foot historic high school. The $100 million project included a total upgrade of existing building systems. The design integrated a new chilled beam system, a first for schools in the D.C. metropolitan area. Other sustainable strategies include 100 percent solar domestic hot water and a rainwater harvesting system with a 15,000-gallon cistern. The building achieved LEED Gold certification, and includes an Ecolab to teach students about the importance of sustainability.
Associate firm: cox graae + space architects
District of Columbia Public Schools
83,959 New SF
241,194 Renovated SF
Upgrade building and technology systems in the historic high school
Achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification
Wilson High School sets a new standard for sustainability in District of Columbia’s public school system. The engineering and architectural elements combine in a powerful way to reduce the building’s impact on the environment.