Roosevelt Senior High School

Washington, DC

The renewed Roosevelt campus is centered around a new enclosed, central atrium that will serve as the “heart” of the modernized school.  The scheme is projected to demolish approximately 30,000 sf that was added in 1977, which significantly degraded the quality of the learning spaces in the existing building. The design will include a new 3,200 sf pavilion that will provide a dedicated entrance to both the S.T.A.Y. program and the community.  In endeavoring to create a great 21st-century school for Roosevelt’s students, staff and community, this design will:

  • Provide technology-enhanced classrooms and laboratories
  • Nurture a sense of civic pride in the students by re-opening the 13th Street main entrance
  • Promote proactive and subtle security
  • Reduce the perceived scale of the school by streamlining the circulation through the building
  • Enable active community use of the gym, pool natatorium, and health clinic
  • Promote safe, accessible pedestrian patterns around the site
  • Create a “high performance” school that both conserves resources

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A reinvented Roosevelt campus reclaims its civic presence within the community with the restoration of many of its historic features, such as its cupola and front door