Project Profile: Banneker Academic High School
This project focused on adding renewable energy while making it affordable for a high school in an urban setting.
Engineering firm: CMTA Inc.
2022 MEP Giants rank: 20
2022 Commissioning Giants rank: 18
Project: Banneker Academic High School
Location: Washington, D.C., United States
Building type: Educational facility
Project type: New construction
Engineering services: Electrical, power; energy, sustainability; HVAC, mechanical; lighting
Project timeline: April 2019 to April 2021
MEP/FP engineering budget: $27,000,000
This project had a tight site in an urban environment as well as a tight project schedule. This is especially challenging when trying to add renewable energy while making it affordable.
The design/build team worked closely with the stakeholders to design a 3-story building that gave them the appropriate square footage for the tight site and the ability to be designed and built in 24 months. To achieve a low EUI of 19, the entire design team worked together to create a tight envelope, the best orientation for the site, and use renewable energy to make it the first zero-energy DC Public School.