Project Info

  • Client DC Public Schools/DC DGS
  • Location Washington, DC
  • LEED Status Gold
  • Cost $128 M
  • Size 331,900 sf

Roosevelt High School Renovation

Roosevelt High School houses a traditional 9th-12th grade high school program as well as part-time evening students.  Beyond the typical high school academic and athletic requirements, the design also accommodates Roosevelt’s specialized programs which address the needs of its diverse demographics including: Culinary Arts; Green Curriculum (greenhouse and gardens); Daycare Center; JROTC; behavioral, autistic and ESL Special Education; and Adult Education. GES provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering services for the complete renovation/modernization of an historic school.

GES’ engineers employed innovative design solutions to create a high-performing facility. The mechanical system utilizes a geothermal heat recovery variable refrigerant flow (VRF) water-source system, with over 250 wells. The facility was provided with the proper heating, cooling, ventilation, minimum required air exchanges, and automatic temperature control/energy management systems creating the appropriate thermal environment. Electro-chromic glass – a “smart” glass that automatically adjusts its shading based on the amount of day light present – was used on the roof of the atrium.  This reduced the amount of cooling required as well as the building’s energy consumption and helped the building achieve LEED Gold.


  • DC Preservation League 45th Anniversary Award
  • 2016 Craftsmanship Award- Structural Steel Framing, Washington Business Congress
  • 2016 Craftsmanship Award- Concrete, Washington Business Congress
  • 2016 Award of Merit: ENR Mid-Atlantic Region Renovation/Restoration
  • 2016 Washington Contractor Award Renovation/Restoration over $100 Million, Associated General Contractors (AGC) of DC
  • 2016 Sustainable Design, American Institute of Architects, DC Presidential Citation
  • 2016 Vision Award, The Committee of 100 on the Federal City