As schools look toward the future and find new and better ways to educate students, architects and designers are working to support these initiatives during school design, construction, and renovation. The rebuild of Dunbar High School, with the help of the SCW9000 curtain wall, put many of the also forward-thinking smart school designs outlined in AIA TopicA/Design Strategies to Improve Your Children’s Schools blog post into action.
Engaging the community
The SCW9000 acoustic curtain wall in the Dunbar High School auditorium creates a visual portal to the outside.
Use sustainable architecture
The auditorium curtain wall provides the flow of natural light and a sound barrier for quiet creativity inside.
Create spaces for interaction
The facility overcame the challenges of the site, to carefully engage the surrounding neighborhood through entry locations and views to connect the school and staff to the community.
Design holistic vision of learning
The curtain wall adds to the creative mixed-use, flexible learning space that can accommodate music, dance, wellness, art, physical activity, and creative learning.
The rebuild of Dunbar High School, a historic institution in Washington, D.C., not only was designed to engage the students and the community, but also pay tribute to the surrounding historic urban neighborhood through windows, vistas, and inviting common spaces.
Paul L. Dunbar Senior High School opened in 1870 as the first high school for African-Americans in the U.S. and has gone through several iterations before the current building. The vertical four-story design allows the building to serve 1,100 students in an urban area without sacrificing function or character.
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