Phelps Career High School
Architectural Precast Elements:
Phelps High School provides career-focused education in the architecture and construction fields for students in the Washington, DC school district. The 2007-08 renovation of this existing school placed budget and schedule demands on the design team, which they met largely through the use of precast concrete construction.Excerpts from the architect's website:
“At the beginning of the project, the district laid out a dramatic challenge: renovate the entire Phelps campus in only 16 months from the first design session to the first day of school. Meeting the schedule required an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ philosophy that took advantage of the design/build approach.”
“Innovative construction measures helped maintain the historic feel of the campus while saving valuable time. Additions were constructed using precast concrete walls with inlaid brick. This approach allowed new construction to take place in weeks rather than months, while still projecting an image worthy of the historic campus.”
The new two-story construction included over 134 precast panels (totaling over 23,000 square feet of area), utilizing cast-in half-brick and a light sandblasting to achieve the desired exterior aesthetic. Heavy rustication of the corner precast, and the striking precast flying buttresses are signature features of this LEED Silver project.