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2130 G St NW Washington, DC 20037

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Creating a ‘Green’ School and Designing a Masterpiece

The historic restoration of the School Without Walls, at 2130 G St., NW, began in April 2008. It encompassed combining the existing, 118-year-old elementary school with a square footage of 30,724 gross square feet with a new, designed building with a square footage of 35,680 gsf. All total, the combined facility is now 68,000 square feet, providing a state-of-the-art learning environment. Student capacity for the new facility is 440.

Although the School Without Walls site is only 21,000 square feet, (.48 of an acre) and, therefore, has limited on-site provision of traditional high-school physical education, cafeteria and assembly spaces, the SWOW-GWU partnership provides SWOW students with the opportunity to utilize GWU’s research, recreational, dining and assembly resources.

The new building has already begun to receive national attention. SWOW has been awarded the coveted Design Share Merit Award for Innovative School Design. The awards program is the world’s most widely recognized program focusing on the design of innovative learning environments.

School Without Walls is planned to achieve LEED for Schools Silver, in compliance with the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Schools - 2007 certification criteria.



Debi Gasper | 202-342-2122 | dgasper@theadagency.com