ENR MidAtlantic named DC Public Schools its 2015 Owner of the Year. With work delivered through the DC Dept. of General Services, DC Public Schools is in the midst of a multi-billion-dollar capital program that is not only addressing long-overdue needs, it is delivering world-class K-12 public schools.

The DCPS modernization and stabilization program, which is expected to cost more than $3.5 billion, will result in more than 12 million square feet of newly constructed or renovated space. Recently, the 280,000-sq-ft Dunbar High School earned LEED Platinum certification. It achieved 91 points out of a possible 100 base points for LEED, making it the highest-scoring school in the world certified under USGBC’s LEED for Schools-New Construction system. The school, which opened in 2013, was named ENR MidAtlantic’s Best K-12 Project last year. The Dunbar project set a standard for other DCPS facilities. The recently completed Ballou High School was also designed to achieve LEED Platinum. 

Major construction projects that broke ground last year include the $131.6-million Roosevelt High School modernization, the $139.2-million Duke Ellington School of the Arts modernization, the $37-million Horace Mann Elementary School modernization and the $28-million Kramer Middle School renovation.

As our Owner of the Year feature will appear in the April 27 edition of ENR MidAtlantic.