Located within a former big-box department store, the natatorium features an eight-lane 50-meter-long competition pool, and a pair of three-lane 25-yd-long warm-up pools to support a variety of student swimming programs.
The effort to create Washington, DC’s first Net Zero Energy school was a lesson in perseverance, as the project team faced COVID-related material shortages and absenteeism, and permitting delays that shrank the original nearly two-year-long baseline schedule to just sixteen months.
This project involved a significant design challenge: converting three floors in a César Pelli-designed office building with 13-ft floor-to-floor heights and deep steel girders into state-of-the art labs.
The project provides research space for the National Institute on Aging. The design included single-story modular construction with open concept labs to reduce costs and maximize available space on the $33.7-million project.