A site occupied by a former District of Columbia public school, closed due to underemployment, is being redeveloped into a pre-K through 12th grade charter school campus. The redevelopment will take place in two phases. Phase I involves the construction of the elementary and middle school portions of the campus. Phase II consists of the demolition of the existing school building and the construction of a new high school.
The Draper Campus is an expression of architecture as topography. Located on a plateau overlooking Washington DC from the south, the massing of the building fills the plateau and continues the slope of the site. The three schools reside within newly constructed strata, with the elevation of each school corresponding to the age of its students; youngest at the bottom, oldest at the top. The three separate schools will save development costs by sharing common space, including gymnasiums, reception, and mechanical areas. The separate schools are arranged in a semi circle around a shared open space and are oriented in different directions to capture the views offered by the elevated site.