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DC International School

Washington, DC, USA

Renovation and new construction on a former military medical-center campus marks the District's first IB Charter School.

The District of Columbia International School (DCI) is the first International Baccalaureate Middle and High Public Charter School in the District of Columbia. The site is designed to harmonize with the overall master plan redevelopment of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Campus. The design for this facility includes a full renovation of Walter Reed’s existing Delano Hall facility and a gymnasium, science, and art-wing addition. DCI is a model facility for state-of-the-art education and learning concepts, including a world-language center and a three-story learning commons that combines media, technology, food service, and a genius bar.

A modern new addition complements the existing structure and houses elements of the programs that do not easily fit within the historic building like the gymnasium, science laboratories, and art studios. The design used a phased renovation/construction approach with the western wing and addition, completing construction approximately one year following initial occupancy.

Project Facts

  • Client:

  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Size:

  • 133,577 sf renovation
    35,000 sf new construction
  • Highlights:

  • World Language Center, Learning Commons
  • Sustainability:

  • LEED BD+C for Schools v2009, Gold Certified
  • Services:

  • Architecture, Campus Planning, Interior Design
  • Markets:

  • K-12 Education
  • Region:

  • United States
  • Studios:

  • Washington, D.C.