Tom Holdsworth
Shepherd Shb 6425b637835aa

From the 2022 Architectural Portfolio: Shepherd Park Community Center

March 30, 2023
The project was recognized in the Community Use category.

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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