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.