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Duke Ellington School of the Arts Project

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Project Overview

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts is the only high school in the District of Columbia that combines a full college preparatory curriculum with intensive pre-professional arts training. With the support of its partners, Ellington serves diverse and talented students from all wards of the city. Students are admitted through an audition and interview process into one of eight majors: Dance, Instrumental Music, Literary Media & Communications, Museum Studies, Technical Design & Production, Theater, Visual Arts and Vocal Music. Students perform and exhibit their work at the Kennedy Center, the White House and national and international events.

The grand Classical Revival building on 35th Street in Georgetown’s Burleith neighborhood was completed in 1898. The building was designed and built for Western High School, and was one of the first public academic buildings in the district dedicated specifically to high school education. Over the last century additions have been added to accommodate the growing needs of the school. Today, however, the building no longer adequately provides for the needs of Duke Ellington’s dynamic arts program and an architectural/engineering team will be required to provide the design for the renovation and expansion of the existing historic school. It is envisioned that new space will need to be added as an “in-fill” addition in order to fully meet programmatic requirements, creating a total building square footage of approximately 258,072, including, but not limited to, multiple performance venues, each unique in its own accord: a 850-seat, state-of-the-art multi-discipline theatre; a 300-seat intimate recital performance hall; and a 150-seat black box theatre. The renovated facility will continue to serve as a magnet school for the performing arts, including a projected 10% growth. This solicitation was made possible through a design competition held to seek firms that exhibit design excellence and that are capable of transforming the school building into an iconic 21st century world-class arts facility that the school envisions, while respecting the historic character and integrity of the existing building.

Project Details

Caption: Duke Ellington School of the Arts Modernization Project
Existing Building Square Footage: 150,992 SF
Modernized Building Square Footage: 258,072 SF (Planned)
Construction Type: Renovation/Addition
Construction Cost / Square Footage: TBD
Current Enrollment: 541
Modernized Capacity: 595
Notice of Award:  08/05/2013
Design Star: 08/12/2013
Ground Breaking: 06/23/2014 (Estimated)
Building Permit: TBD
Substantial Completion:  08/19/2016 (Estimated)
Project Completion: 09/30/2016 (Estimated)
Ribbon Cutting: 08/29/2016 (Estimated)
LEED/Sustainable Design Initiatives: The project goal is to be LEED Silver or better
Status: In Progress
Project Team/Firm
DGS Program Managers: Peter A. Davidson, Sr. and Nikkia Martin
Architect: LBA/CGS, J.V.
Architectural Managers: Lance Bailey and Christoffer Graae
Contractor: TBD
Contractor Managers: TBD

Featured Presentations

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Community Meeting February 18, 2014

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