Francis L. Cardozo High School

DC Public Schools, Washington, DC

Project Details

355,400 sf
National Register of Historic Places

Hartman-Cox Architects
with Grimm+Parker Architects

DC Department of General Services

Built in 1916, the Cardozo High School facility was designed by William B. Ittner. The school is built on a lot with a 10% grade. Ittner took advantage of the grade by “hugging” the slope with five stories ending with the stadium. Both the building and stadium enjoy a commanding view of downtown Washington, DC.

Silman assisted with the major renovation and expansion of the high school. The design-build modernization project involved replacing or upgrading all building systems and components to new condition and modifying space to meet programmatic requirements, along with a new addition. Silman designed the foundation systems for the expansion of the existing building. The newly modernized and expanded historic campus in Ward 1 also features two specialized learning academies, restored historic natatorium, and a fully restored historic auditorium.

The new addition includes a regulation sized competition gymnasium complete with a state of the art fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, activity room, training room and health classrooms. This new addition has views overlooking the historic skyline of Washington, DC. The gym was semi-recessed in order to preserve the view to the city’s historic core below and to provide faculty and staff parking on the roof. The school was modernized to serve up to 1100 students. Construction completed in 18 months under a fast-track schedule in time for the 2013-2014 school year.

2014 AIA|DC Chapter Award of Excellence in Historic Resources
2014 District of Columbia Historic Preservation Award, HPRB Chair’s Award

USGBC: LEED Gold for Schools

Categories: Primary/Secondary Education, Parks & Recreational Facilities, Renovation, Historic Preservation, Sustainable Engineering, New Construction