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Tour: DC International School and Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School at Delano Hall

Delano Hall is the new home of DC International School and Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) Public Charter School. This is the first building to re-open on the former Walter Reed Army Medical Campus in northwest DC. Designed by Perkins Eastman DC, this adaptive re-use project transforms a former nurse's dormitory into a 21st century learning environment.
This tour will explore how two modern bilingual IB schools can thrive in a uniquely arranged historic building. Design features include a re-imagined central commons where students dine, socialize, study, and perform, and a “creative zone” addition with science, art, and technology labs, as well as the new gymnasium.
 
Presented by: Ann Neeriemer, AIA and Sean O’Donnell, FAIA of Perkins Eastman DC
 
Please Note: Parking is available on the Main Drive circle or the parking lot behind the building. Street parking is also available near 14th and Aspen Streets.

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify ways to work with existing sites when implementing new buildings;
  • Explain how an existing historic building is re-purposed into a modern learning environment and the adaptive re-use challenges it presents;
  • Explore the advantages of designing “re-imagined central commons” to boost social and educational productivity among students; and
  • Describe the design process of creating two separate, prestigious bilingual schools near each other.