Charter School Incubator Initiative (CSII)

Washington, DC

Charter School Incubator Initiative (CSII) at Shaed Elementary is a complete renovation of an existing decommissioned DC public school building. The scope included gutting three floors of the building, replacing all systems, reconfiguring most spaces, and fully updating interiors. The building was designed to accommodate two charter schools: Inspired Teaching School and Lee Montessori. One third of the build will be incubator space for Lee Montessori, a new charter school. The remainder will be home to the Inspired Teaching School, an arts integration school, who will grow into the Lee Montessori space after two years. Gallery and performance spaces, as well as enhancing daylight, were significant aspects of the design.

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The existing school building had very limited access to view and daylight. All windows in the building were replaced, and new openings were provided in strategic locations to maximize daylight and better connect the school to the community, making it a more welcoming and friendly facility.