SEI designed an innovative 94,407 SF, four-story addition to accommodate increasing enrollment at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. The tight urban site required radical three-dimensional solutions to accommodate capacity and site uses.
The project was planned in two wings to optimize programmatic adjacencies with the existing building. Both wings strategically connect to the existing building, improving internal circulation. The front entry was replaced to enhance the connections to the new four story wing while providing a more clearly defined, prominent, and secure main entrance.
A new two story wing floats on an elevated structure above a public promenade plaza overlooking the new stadium venue. SEI designed an elevated tennis court structure above parking, retaining a popular community amenity in this dense urban environment. A pedestrian bridge connects the tennis deck to the gymnasium level.
The addition features new 21st century classrooms, seminar rooms, art rooms, science labs, technology labs, administrative spaces and a high-volume dance room. A series of collaboration areas were integrated into the building’s circulation providing a variety of learning environments for students activated by technology, writing surfaces, lighting and diverse furniture options.
To continually inspire its occupants, SEI showcased the surrounding urban environment in our transitional spaces through the use of full height glass walls in featured corridors and stairwells. To encourage students to immerse themselves in their urban context, SEI designed a series of adjacent studying nooks, gathering areas, and amphitheater type seating areas. An atrium was also designed alongside the dance room, overlooking the stadium and functioning as a gathering area for performances.
As a prominent addition to this notable school, SEI abstracted the new facades from the rhythms and proportions of the existing historic buildings, presenting a cohesive yet contemporary exterior.