Stoddert Elementary School & Community CenterWashington, DC
Stoddert was drastically undersized for its 350 students and staff, as well as the other community organizations that utilized the building after hours. Lacking a cafeteria, students had to eat lunch at their desks; without a gymnasium, children were forced to stay inside without exercise during inclement weather. The challenges for the design team were: to deliver a high-quality, sustainable, cost-effective, civic building within a fast-track design and construction schedule of 19 months. The degree of difficulty was also increased by the client's desire to create a building that would meet the level of finish and quality befitting an important civic building at the center of its community.