Dunbar Senior High School
Perkins Eastman Dunbar Senior High School

Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, D.C. received the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) LEED for Schools v2009 Platinum certification. Receiving an unprecedented 91 out of 100 base points, the high school has been awarded the highest number of points for a school certified under USGBC's LEED for Schools–New Construction system to date.

Designed by the D.C. office of Perkins Eastman and Columbus, Ohio–based Moody Nolan, the 280,000-square-foot facility incorporates many sustainable features including: Washington, D.C.'s largest geothermal system; a 482 kW photovoltaic array that powers enough energy on a sunny day to power all classroom lights for eight hours; two 20,000-gallon cisterns and low-flow fixtures that help save more than 1.4 million gallons of potable water per year; energy efficient low-E glass and low-VOC materials; sustainably harvested wood products; stormwater quantity and quality controls; and 95 percent construction waste diversion.

Constructed in 1917, the original high school building was partially demolished in 1977 and exposed in the earliest phases of the construction process, revealing the remaining foundation, complete all below-grade building components which had been landfilled in place and covered up in the 1970s. Perkins Eastman cites the original building as the inspiration for its design.

The school has received numerous awards, including the AIA|D.C. chapter's Design Award in architecture and Presidential Citation in sustainable design, both in 2014, as well as the Congress for New Urbanism's Charter Award for Best New Civic Building, also in 2014.

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Note: This post has been updated to indicate that the Washington, D.C. office of Perkins Eastman designed the school.