This project modified portions of the 1930s historic Shepherd Elementary School in Washington, D.C., and designed a 12,634-square-foot addition. The addition transforms an asphalt and inaccessible weeded slope into a multipurpose facility. The Shepherd Park Community Center addition meets another challenge: It now facilitates a weekday educational program with after-hours community activities. The project provides the community with substantial opportunities for diverse uses. A pavilion in the park serves as an addition to the school. It is scaled to fit the neighborhood along a steeply sloped residential street. Through smart technology, the addition flips in the evening for the community’s use, providing a 5,640-square-foot gymnasium, fitness center, multipurpose room, and two dedicated kitchens. The center provides shared spaces for school and community activities with close to net-zero energy performance.
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