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Sidwell Friends Middle School

Washington, DC

The Sidwell Friends School, a day school for students in pre-K through 12th grade, was founded on Quaker philosophy, which includes a dedication to environmental stewardship. When Sidwell’s board of trustees decided to expand the Middle School, green building became a catalyst for the school to enhance its curriculum with an environmental focus and reinvigorate its connection to Quaker values.

The project involved renovating a 55-year-old, 33,500 square foot building as well as constructing a new 39,000 square foot addition. The three-story, LEED Platinum building, completed in time for the 2006-2007 school year, serves 350 students.

The classrooms demand for uniform and glare-free lighting was met by the Selux M100 linear fluorescent, fitted with parabolic louvers and a very high energy efficiency. The architectural design of this school and its environmental standards received nationwide recognition and much applause.

client Sidewalk Friends School

landscape architect Andropogon Associates, Ltd.

lighting designer Benya Lighting Design; Sean O'Connor Associates Lighting Consultants, LLC; Barry Halkin, Lighting Consultant

design Interior Design Resource

general contractor Hitt Contracting, Inc.

electrical installation Bruce E. Brooks & Associates, MEP engineer

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