Perkins Eastman | Stoddert Elementary School & Community Center

Stoddert Elementary School & Community Center

Washington, District of Columbia
Just 19 months after design began, the LEED-Gold certified Stoddert Elementary School and Community Center opened its doors. The existing 1932 17,900 sf building is now complemented by a 47,300 sf addition. The result of a collaborative design process between many community stakeholders, Stoddert was also designed for after-hours use by the community and houses the offices of Parks and Recreation. The design team took advantage of the school’s culture, which includes a student-led "Energy Patrol," and site to create a campus that is a sustainable inspiration for the entire community. Stoddert is the first school in the District of Columbia to be fully served by geothermal system. An interactive kiosk in the heart of the school enables the students to monitor and analyze the building’s use of energy. This performance data is also available to the interactive whiteboards on classrooms throughout the school.

The design encourages learning to extend into the landscape. From a double-sided stage that opens onto both the new gymnasium and a new outdoor amphitheater to a colonnaded loggia called the porch, Stoddert now provides opportunities for users to experience the 6.5-acre urban site in different ways, including a new ball field, a community garden, and a woodland courtyard and playground.
AWARDS
US Department of Education, Green Ribbon School Award (2012)
ENR Southeast, Best Projects: Best K-12 Education Project (2011)
AIADC, Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design (2011)
Press
Sherwin-WilliamsColors That Help Kids Learn
ED WeekGreen Schools' and the Bottom Line
Architectural Record: Schools of the 21st CenturyStoddert Elementary School and Community Center