The Field School

Renovation & Addition
Foxhall Crescent, Washington, DC

Welcoming a New Class
Creative interiors brighten and inspire an environment for learning in Foxhall Crescent, Washington, DC

Starting in September 2012, The Field School, a private high school that recently celebrated 40 years, opened their doors to a new Sixth grade class.  To accommodate this and other important updates slated for Summer 2012 construction, CHECA Architects was hired to create and transform three main areas in the school.

A new Conference Room structure was designed and built on an existing, unused terrace of the Aude Building, a vision of the Head of the Field School, Dale Johnson.  The room is at the end of the main floor and has an endless view of the sports field below and of the beautiful Washington skyline.  With CHECA Architects’ clean modern design, state of the art Audio/Visual equipment and day lighting controls, this space is now highly used and appreciated.

The Tenth Grade area on the lower level of the Aude Building was totally renovated and is now an integrated environment.  The CHECA Architects team created colorful gathering spaces alive with light from thoughtful design of interiors, lighting, windows, and glazed doors to all teachers’ offices.  Classrooms were renovated with energy-efficient lighting that use daylight harvesting controls. LED lighting is used in most of the hallways.  An expanded and updated Publication Arts classroom and teacher’s office complete our modern renovations on this floor.

The new Sixth Grade classroom space was gutted and completely renovated in the original Cafritz Mansion on the second floor.  CHECA Architects designed a bright, high-tech, multi-purpose and highly energy-efficient suite for the incoming Sixth grade class and their teachers.  In both the sixth grade classrooms and the Aude conference room, state-of-the-art A/V equipment and window shades operate from computerized controls in conjunction with daylight harvesting/dimming of lights.

CHECA Architects incorporated environmentally sustainable materials, elements, and principles, and designed spaces that encourage and support teacher-student interaction and socialization.  In each of the three areas, the result is an environment for inspired learning.

  • Principal Architect
    Lorena Checa, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Architect
    David Hathway, AIA
  • Project Interior Designer
    Missy Stockton, IIDA, LEED AP
  • Lighting Design
    Gilmore Lighting Design
  • Structural Engineer
    JGK Structural Engineers
  • General Contractor
    Donohoe Construction Co.
  • Audio Video Consultant
    Integrated Media Systems
  • Photography
    Kenneth M. Wyner Photography Inc.