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Sidwell Friends Middle School
Washington, DC

  • project Tidwell Friends Middle School
  • 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

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.

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