Academic - K-12

Brookland Middle School

Replacing the existing outdated and shuttered school, the new Brookland Middle School provides a 21st century learning environment for 540 students.  The facility includes a three-story academic wing, a full-court gymnasium, black box-type performance hall, outdoor learning space above the gymnasium, media center, and administrative support spaces. 

In order to accommodate the project’s aggressive schedule, structural documents were released well in advance of other disciplines, to permit early engagement and the mobilization of structural trades, which allowed the contractor to meet the project deadline.  The project is also slated for LEED Gold certification.

Roanoke Catholic School Gymnasium Evaluation

In August 2011, immediately after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that originated in central Virginia occurred, Roanoke Catholic school contacted SK&A for assistance in evaluating the condition of the school’s gymnasium.  A co-educational, college preparatory institution, Roanoke Catholic serves students from Pre-K through the 12th grade.

Originally constructed in the 1960’s and designed by another firm, the gymnasium’s structural system and roof is based on a sophisticated hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped, concrete shell design. The three-inch thick, concrete shell roof is supported on four concrete crucifix columns, one at each corner, arranged in a square grid pattern.  In addition, the roof shell is supported along its edges with edge beams of varying thickness.  Horizontal thrust generated from the unfolding of the shell structure is balanced with bonded, post tensioned, tie beams around the perimeter of the structure, located at the top of the crucifix columns.

SK&A’s Design and Repair & Restoration Divisions collaborated to provide two stages of evaluations, through the use of 3D modeling and analysis followed by an on-site visual condition survey.  Using SAP2000, an advanced 3D modeling software system, SK&A modeled the entire structure, checking against the facility’s original drawings.  Analyzing the “true-to-form” model, our engineering team assessed seismic, wind, gravity and snow loading conditions, comparing results to current code and loading assumptions.

Following the modeling analysis, SK&A performed a visual condition survey of the facility, took photos and prepared a report of the corrosion-related deterioration due to age and past water leakages at the roof of the structure.  No major structural deficiencies were identified from the limited visual inspection, but the completion of recommended repairs would restore the structure’s appearance as well as extend its projected life well into the foreseeable future.

St. John’s College High School Modernization

The modernization and expansion of the St John's College High School Campus was executed over multiple phases:

  • Cafeteria and Library Expansion – The expansion of the existing classroom building provides an enlarged, open cafeteria, an expanded library on the second level, with an adjacent roof terrace and new bookstore.  SK&A worked closely with the design team to integrate systemic mechanical upgrades of the central plant, new mechanical equipment, and a new loading dock.
  • Field House – The existing field house was replaced with two new one and a half-story buildings.  New construction was integrated into the existing stadium layout, providing space for concessions, restrooms, a team room with lockers as well as second floor interior and exterior viewing areas for coaching staff overlooking the adjacent football and baseball fields.
  • 27th Street Entrance Addition – Replacement and expansion of a primary building entrance feature, involving modifications to the existing elevation, addition of a new covered entry area and a new vestibule.  The entry improvements provide a more prominent visual impact creating a true sense of entry.

Meridian Public Charter School

Modernization of the existing Harrison School facility, which was originally built in 1890 and later expanded in 1932.  A new structurally independent three-story, 14,000 sf addition was added to the rear of the school, providing additional assembly spaces.

The new addition features a distinctive, wavy wall of glass and metal paneling, that brings a modern element and visual interest to the historic architecture of the existing structure. The renovation also included a new cafeteria, multi-purpose room/gymnasium, library and support spaces.  The project achieved LEED certification for incorporating various sustainable design features.

Structural services provided include the evaluation of the existing roof structure for the introduction of new mechanical equipment and the strengthening of framing, as required.

Dunbar Senior High School

Replacing an outdated 1970’s facility, the new Dunbar High School is designed to provide a sense of clarity and purpose that honors the school’s original traditions.  The two-story open hall, known as the “Armory,” is located in the heart of the school, as originally built in 1917.

Accommodating 1,100 students, the new facility includes a four-story academic wing with flexible learning spaces for four different “academies,” a two-story library and administrative area, and a two-story athletic wing housing the gymnasium auditorium above the natatorium.  The LEED for Schools Platinum certified project includes over 300 geothermal wells, a 500,000 kW solar panel array, two 20,000 gallon cisterns for reusing rainwater, enhanced acoustics, and low VOC materials.  The project was developed under the DC Department of General Services’ (DC DGS) modified design-build program on a fast-track schedule.

Ballou Senior High School

A new 310,000 sf replacement high school designed to provide a state-of-the-art learning facility with flexibility for the ever-changing demands of the education environment.  Located in Southeast DC, the project includes: gymnasiums and fitness center; a natatorium; a collegiate-level, theater-style auditorium; a light-filled library/multimedia center; and a three-story, off-hill classroom wing.

The components are tied together with a “Main Street” concept and wrap to form an interior courtyard.  The project was developed under the DC DGS modified design-build program on a fast-track schedule and is slated for LEED Gold Certification.

Anacostia Senior High School Modernization

Renovation and modernization of the existing three-story Anacostia High School building, which included the original, historic facility built in 1935 as well as additions made in the 1940’s, 50’s, and 70’s.  The improvements to the building restored the exterior façade as well as integrated the exteriors of the original building and additions.

Additional renovations included the introduction of new elevators, ADA ramps (interior and exterior), infill of existing stair openings, relocation of the existing library, raising the roof of the cafeteria, introduction of a new feature stair in the cafeteria, vertical expansion, and the upgrade of MEP systems through all portions of the project.  A new library and media center provides flexible learning and community gathering spaces.

The project was developed under the DC DGS modified design-build program and construction was phased over two school years, providing student swing space on the existing campus.  The project is LEED Silver certified.