Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Dunbar High School Project Tour

Dunbar High School

101 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Site Tour

Join SMPS DC on an exclusive tour of Dunbar High School, an award-winning facility designed by Perkins Eastman to meet LEED Platinum standards. Abbie Cronin, architect with Perkins Eastman, and Josh Christensen, Senior Project Executive with Gilbane, will lead the group on a tour of the 280,000 SF school, which opened in August 2013 and accommodates over 1,100 students. The school’s history goes back to 1870 when a Preparatory High School was built at the site. In 1916 the school was named after poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Washington, DC Mayor, Vincent C. Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Brigadier General Elmer Brooks are all alumni of Dunbar. Join us after the tour for happy hour at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Street, NW in the flourishing Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood.

What It Costs

Event Registration

Capacity for this event is limited to 20 people, so please register before this event is sold out!

  • Board Member: $15
  • CPSM: $25
  • Member: $35
  • Non-Member: $55
  • Student: $15
What You'll Learn

About the Project

The design for the new Dunbar High School was inspired by the cherished 1917 building that served the school before its demolition in the 1970’s, while also looking forward to the future by providing 21st Century learning environments. The new 280,000 gsf building’s entry plaza has a southern orientation approached from New York Avenue and can be seen from across the Dunbar Recreation Center. Students, visitors, and staff are welcomed into a south-facing entry plaza designed to signify the seriousness of purpose of the institution. The adjacent academic wing is characterized by bay windows and towers, reminiscent of the historic Dunbar school building. The armory of the historic Dunbar provides the inspiration for the principle organizing element of the school’s interior, a new atrium-like armory that has become the “heart of the school”, connecting the academic wing, sports fields, gym, pool, auditorium, and cafeteria seating areas. The academic wing provides state-of-the-art flexible learning environments that accommodate four distinct academies, breaking down the scale of the 1,100 student school. Faculty offices integrated into each level ensure positive interaction between faculty and students throughout the school. The overall design seeks to embody the education of the whole person. The school was designed to achieve LEED® for Schools Platinum certification, featuring a ground source heat pump (geothermal) system, a 500,000 kW photovoltaic array, two 20,000 gallon cisterns for reusing rainwater, enhanced acoustics, low VOC materials, and plentiful daylight and views.

Additional Details

Additional Details

All attendees need to bring a Photo ID or you will not be able to enter the school building. The group will meet at the Lobby entrance at 101 N Street. The tour will begin promptly.

Capacity for this event is limited to 20 people, so please register before this event is sold out!

Closest Metro: NoMa-Gallaudet (Red Line) or Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center (Yellow/Green Line)

Parking: Street parking available. Do not park in school parking lot. There is a parking garage at 490 L Street NW off of NY Ave.

Questions? Contact Amanda Sanderson at / 703-727-1076

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