Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School

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A complete overhaul of the existing Phelps campus placed the school at the leading-edge of high-tech education. Phelps is the first public high school in the country to offer both college preparatory and vocational education exclusively dedicated to the design professions and construction trades. The project merged historic preservation and sustainable strategies, achieving LEED® Silver certification. Students can monitor energy gained from photovoltaic solar arrays, helical wind turbines, and a geothermal water loop. The entire building is designed as a teaching tool, with walls serving as master lessons in bricklaying and exposed plumbing providing examples of best practices in construction.


704 26th Street NE
Washington, DC


District of Columbia Public Schools

Project Scope

  • Historic modernization to create school for A/C/E trades
  • 622 students
  • 140,000 SF
  • $59,000,000

Select Awards

  • 2009 Crow Island Citation, AS&U Educational Interiors Showcase
  • 2009 Lee J. Brockway Award, CEFPI Exhibition of School Architecture
  • 2009 Grand Prize, SP&M Education Design Showcase
  • 2009 Impact on Learning Award, SP&M and CEFPI
  • 2010 School Project of the Year – USBGC National Capital Region Chapter