Ferebee Hope Campus
KIPP DC, a local prominent public charter school, received approval to redevelop the District-owned Ferebee-Hope school site to provide District residents with a new fully modernized Ferebee-Hope Recreation Center and a high-quality public charter high school in Ward 8.
In addition to the recreation center and school, the Ferebee-Hope site will include shared spaces available for public meetings, community gatherings and events.
Additional programming space for the high school within the site will include a running track, a playing fields for sports such as football, soccer, and lacrosse, spectator seating built into the topography, a small concessions building, and an outdoor classroom located within a bio retention area.
The new state-of-the-art high school will educate approximately 900 students from grades 9 through 12, and will offer rigorous, college and career preparatory academic programming alongside a wide variety of extracurricular programs and wraparound services.
Back of house programming includes the gymnasium, cafeteria, lecture hall and the outdoor terrace. The regulation sized gymnasium features high performance LED lighting and the outdoor terrace features a floor to ceiling high-performance, glazed storefront window system that enable views to the gym and the lobby below. The inviting space is a large student commons seating area which also overlooks the fields.
Attractive finishes that are both durable and easily maintained are always a challenge in a high school project. At the new KIPP DC Legacy College Preparatory School, Studio Twenty Seven Architecture used a pattern of brightly colored acoustical panels by Kirei USA to enliven the walls and control noise in the cafeteria and main staircase. Kinetics provided the ceiling and wall panels in the auditorium. The warmth of natural wood greets students entering the lobby space. The lobby stairs and ceiling are European white oak by reSAWN TIMBER. You can’t beat polished concrete floors for an attractive and durable floor surface throughout the building.
Ferebee Hope Recreation Center: A new DC DPR Recreation Center is co-located on the site and includes an indoor pool, boxing, and full-sized gymnasium. Part of Mayor Bowser’s initiative to reclaim vacant sites, DGS is reactivating this site located in Ward 8. Part of the high school redevelopment, the recreation center co-located facility will be managed by DPR. Open to the public, it will help Washington Highlands and future students thrive. The facility includes a multi-purpose room, indoor pool, boxing ring, and a full-sized gymnasium.
Ferebee Hope is a new redevelopment of a 12-acre site and includes new recreation center and redeveloped outdoor spaces. Additionally, a new 120,000 SF state-of-the-art high school is being built for KIPP DC. The recreation center is collocated with DC DPR.